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Bestselling Author and Francophile Alice Kaplan Takes the Pen Pals Stage

October 24th, 2012 | Press Releases

Author Alice Kaplan, a leading specialist in French literature and culture, will take the Pen Pals Author Lecture Series stage in November. Held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Pen Pals with Alice Kaplan benefits the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Come early to enjoy complimentary desserts and coffee, peruse books and listen to French accordion music by Dan Newton (a.k.a. Daddy Squeeze). Ms. Kaplan will share her love affair with France and discuss three extraordinary American women—Jackie Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis—whose lives were changed by Paris.

Choose from either a Thursday evening or Friday daytime performance:
• Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:30 PM
• Friday, November 30, 2012, 11 AM

ABOUT ALICE KAPLAN: 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.

ABOUT PEN PALS: 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. Tickets are $40 for balcony seating and $50 for main floor seating (prices include all taxes and handling fees). Tickets can be purchased online at www.supporthclib.org or by calling 612-543-8112 (M – F, 9 AM – 5PM). Complimentary desserts and coffee served before each program. A free public book signing open to all attendees follows the Friday daytime lecture.

ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY (Friends of HCL): Proceeds from the program benefit the Friends of HCL. The Friends of HCL is an active community of supporters—helping the Library fulfill its mission to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community. By raising critically needed funds for books, movies, music, programs and technology, and through presentation of the highly regarded Pen Pals and Talk of the Stacks author series, our organization opens doors and minds to new worlds.

The 2012-2013 Pen Pals Author Lecture series launched this fall. We are currently offering a PICK THREE option for the remainder of the series, which saves you 20%! You can choose 3 lectures and mix and match evening or daytime lectures. $120 for main floor seating (reg. $150) and $96 for balcony seating (reg. $120)!

Don’t miss your chance to meet some of the greatest writers of our time and support the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

• 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

For tickets call 612-543-8112 or visit www.supporthclib.org.

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



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