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KAL RIEMAN celebrates women making an impact in their communities. We met Perry Pidgeon Hooks in 2011 at the Studio Gallery, where we hosted our first trunk show in Washington, DC.

Perry is passionate about infusing new ideas into the minds of corporate and government leaders through events with authors of new books. She co-founded Hooks Book Events in 2007 to create connections between people, shift their consciousness, and change the way they approach problem-solving.

Perry has worked with thought leaders, New York Times best‐selling writers, Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel laureates who have written about a broad range of topics such as economics, cybersecurity, work/life balance, politics and technology. She has always made giving back a part of her business, coordinating events for fund raisers, and doing events at Walter Reed for wounded soldiers and their families. 

In 2016, Perry converted Hooks Book Events into a Benefit Corporation to formalize the way the company could have a positive influence on social issues facing her community. Through Bulk Books for Good, she pools a portion of the company’s book order revenue to buy books to give to community centers and schools.

Complementing book donations, Perry has also introduced an innovative event series she calls Bridge Builders. In partnership with nonprofit partners and award-winning authors, she produces private book events in communities that would otherwise not have the means or opportunity to access these writers and their work. Her objective is to narrow the cultural divide and bridge the divisions that exist between us.

Some recent and upcoming authors she is featuring at Bridge Builder events include:

  • Michele Gelfand, Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World
  • Kondwani Fidel, Hummingbirds in The Trenches
  • Hanna Jewell, She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It
  • Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
  • Angela J. Davis, Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
Photographs by Michael Chorost