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2012/2013 Pen Pals Season Announced

May 10th, 2012 | Press Releases

An international celebrity, a man of mystery, a Francophile,a cartoonist and a Left Coast counter culturalist walk into a lecture hall…

The Friends of the Hennepin County Library (Friends of HCL) is pleased to announce the 16th season of Pen Pals, the highly regarded and longest running literary series in the Twin Cities.

The 2012-2013 Pen Pals Season will feature five diverse authors in one scintillating series:

• Salman Rushdie: Oct. 18, 7:30 PM & Oct. 19, 2012, 11 AM
• Alice Kaplan: Nov. 29, 7:30 PM & Nov. 30, 2012, 11 AM
• Roz Chast: Mar. 14, 7:30 PM & Mar. 15, 2013, 11 AM
• Dennis Lehane: Apr. 11, 7:30 PM & Apr. 12, 2013, 11 AM
• Armistead Maupin: May 16, 7:30 PM & May 17, 2013, 11 AM

Subscriptions start at $160 for all 5 lectures. Individual tickets start at $40.

Subscriptions go on sale May 14 by phone at 612-543-8112 (M – F, 9 AM – 5PM) or a subscription form can be downloaded online at www.supporthclib.org. Individual tickets go on sale June 25, 2012.

All Pen Pals programs are held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts — offering great sound and sight lines throughout the entire house. Located at 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins (just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis), Hopkins Center for the Arts offers free convenient parking as well as numerous nearby restaurants.

Proceeds from the program benefit the Friends of HCL. Friends of HCL is a vibrant community of supporters that has provided more than $41 million in direct programmatic and cash support to libraries in Hennepin County over the past 10 years. From fundraising to purchasing library materials to presenting a diverse range of cultural programs, this independent, non-profit network helps make the wonder of learning and discovery more accessible to all.

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Head shots of the authors are available.

Salman Rushdie: October 18/19, 2012
One of today’s most celebrated authors and proponents of free speech, Salman Rushdie is widely known for the nine years he spent in hiding, forced underground when Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, claiming Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses was “against Islam.” A brilliant provocateur, Rushdie has penned eleven novels, three works of non-fiction, a book of short stories, and now a highly anticipated memoir. His work has won most of the world’s prestigious writing awards and has been translated into more than 40 languages as well as adapted for stage in New York and London.

Salman Rushdie will discuss his writing, politics, freedom of expression and the impact the fatwa had on his life. A copy of Rushdie’s new memoir, Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie, is included in the price of admission.

Alice Kaplan: November 29/30, 2012
Alice Kaplan has spent her life telling stories about France, covering past and present, literature and history, the personal and the political. From her memoir French Lessons, to her looks at World War II and its aftermath in The Collaborator and The Interpreter, to her stunning triple biographical portrait in Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis. Born in Minnesota, Kaplan is a professor of French at Yale University, an acclaimed translator and is recognized internationally as a leading specialist of the twentieth-century French literature and culture.

Alice Kaplan will talk about the romantic dream of mid-century France and three extraordinary American women — Jackie Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis — whose lives were changed by Paris.

Roz Chast: March 14/15, 2013
As a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker since 1979, Roz Chast has made a career of capsulizing in pen the everyday issues of our time: guilt, anxiety, aging, families, friends, money, real estate, and much more. Having contributed more than 1,000 cartoons to the magazine during her career, Chast was labeled “the magazine’s only certifiable genius” by The New Yorker editor David Remnick. Her work has been published in nine book collections, most recently Theories of Everything, a twenty-five year retrospective. She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z, written by Steve Martin, and has contributed to countless other publications.

In this illustrated presentation, Roz Chast will discuss where her ideas come from, the connection between anxiety and hilarity, the New Yorker, lockjaw, and much, much more.

Dennis Lehane: April 11/12, 2013
Dennis Lehane is a proven master of both crime and literary fiction. Three of his New York Times bestselling books — Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone and Mystic River — have been adapted into feature films by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Ben Affleck. Author of nine acclaimed novels, a collection of short stories and a play, Lehane blames his storytelling tendencies on his family, a large and extensive Irish-American family from Boston. Winner of numerous awards including a Shamus Award and a Barry Award for Best Novel, his work is known for its well-paced, tightly wound plots filled with realistic and detailed characters. In the words of a Kirkus reviewer: “[Lehane] knows every block of the neighborhood and every hair on his characters’ heads.”

Dennis Lehane will share the creative inspiration for his wide breadth of work as he discusses the writing life and his latest novel, Live by Night.

Armistead Maupin: May 16/17, 2013
For more than three decades, Armistead Maupin has entertained millions, straight and gay, with his stories of swinging San Francisco. His groundbreaking Tales of the City series began as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976 and eventually grew into eight international-bestselling novels, a television miniseries, a film and a musical. Armistead Maupin was one of the first openly gay authors, yet his appeal as a witty and talented storyteller of the human experience is universal. In addition to the Tales series, Armistead has penned several other bestselling novels, including The Night Listener, which was adapted into a feature film starring his friend of 30 years, Robin Williams.

In a free-spirited talk entitled “Untold Tales” novelist Armistead Maupin reveals the real-life inspirations for his legendary Tales of the City series.

2012-2013 Pen Pals Sponsors: Comcast, Gabriel deGrood Bendt and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine



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