Ijeoma Oluo to Speak at the U.S. Book Show

Author of NYT Bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race to Set Stage for Book Fair
Ijeoma Oluo and Rakesh Satyal

NEW YORK—April 15, 2021—Ijeoma Oluo, the author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male Power, is to speak at the U.S. Book Show. Ms. Oluo will be in conversation with Rakesh Satyal at the U.S Book Show. Mr. Satyal acquired Ms. Oluo’s forthcoming book, Be a Revolution, for HarperOne last year.

Named one of Seattle’s top 50 most influential women, the Nigerian-American Oluo, who lives in Seattle, is a widely admired speaker and author who saw her nonfiction So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal, 2018) hit the New York Times bestseller list with its publication in 2018 and remain a consistent bestseller. Since its release in 2018, the book has sold more than 405,000 print copies, according to NPD BookScan.

Publishers Weekly gave Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male Power, published by Seal Press in December, 2020, a starred review, noting, “Erudite yet accessible, grounded in careful research as well as Oluo’s personal experiences of racism and misogyny, this is an essential reckoning with race, sex, and power in America.”

“We are pleased to sit down to discuss Ijeoma’s groundbreaking work, including So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre, as well as give viewers a sneak peek into her next book, Be a Revolution,” said Mr. Satyal.

Rakesh Satyal is executive editor at HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and a Lambda Literary Award winner for Blue Boy (Kensington, 2007), which also won the 2009 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. His second book was No One Can Pronounce My Name (Picador USA, 2017).

“Ijeoma Oluo is a great talent and an important voice in the national conversation. We are thrilled about having her take the stage at the U.S. Book Show to reflect on her past writings and take us into the future with a discussion of Be a Revolution,” said Krista Rafanello, senior marketing director of Publishers Weekly and the show manager of the U.S. Book Show.

Ms. Oluo was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. Her work on race has been featured in the Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington Post, among many other publications. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association.

The live-streaming conversation between Ms. Oluo and Mr. Satyal will take place during the U.S. Book Show, at a day and time to be announced.

The inaugural U.S. Book Show (#USBookShow) is a three-day virtual conference conceived and crafted by Publishers Weekly to serve the bookselling, library, media and book publishing industry. The most trusted voice in the industry for nearly 150 years, Publishers Weekly offers deep editorial expertise and dedication to excellence.

The U.S. Book Show, which runs May 25 – 27, 2021, features a wide array of editor, book and author panels; livestreaming Q&A sessions with editors; topical library panels; professional programming geared to publishing professionals; networking opportunities and awards celebrations; and robust exhibit halls featuring publishers, big and small.

Participants and attendees will discover valuable information about forthcoming Fall 2021 titles and delight in one-to-one connections with exhibitors, booksellers, librarians, book media, publishers, authors, editors, members of the book publishing industry and allied professionals.

For more information, contact Christi Cassidy, +1-917-217-4269, ccassidy@publishersweekly.com.

High-res headshots of Ms. Oluo and Mr. Satyal:


Photos courtesy of the subjects.

Information about panels, speakers, registration, media passes, group sales, exhibiting: https://www.usbookshow.com

Press passes are available at https://usbookshow.com/press/

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