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Pen Pals LectureFriends of the Hennepin County Library invite you to join us for the 2013-14 Pen Pals season — offering five eclectic and engaging authors who collectively have won many of the world’s most coveted literary honors. Hosted at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, all ticket purchases benefit Friends of HCL.

Complimentary desserts and coffee served before each program. A public book signing open to all attendees follows the daytime lectures. An exclusive wine/appetizer post-lecture reception with the author is available for purchase after all evening lectures.


Individual tickets:
Level 1 (Main floor) – $50
Level 2 (Balcony and back section of main floor) – $40

Individual ticket plus reception:
Individual ticket plus an exclusive post-lecture reception with the author. Receptions are only offered after the evening performances. After you select your seat, you can select “Seat+Reception” under ticket type.
Level 1 – $75 ($15 is tax-deductible)
Level 2 – $65 ($15 is tax-deductible)

To order call 612-543-8112 (M – F, 9 am – 4:30 pm) or click on the links below.

Friends of HCL members can receive a discount of $5 per ticket!

Art SpeigelmanArt Spiegelman
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, NOON
“Art Spiegelman’s cartoons don’t fool around.” —Los Angeles Times

Artist and illustrator Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto literature shelves. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative, MAUS, and the coveted Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. His critically acclaimed work includes In the Shadow of No Towers, named a New York Times Notable Book, and Kisses from New York, which chronicled his work with The New Yorker.

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Tracy K. SmithTracy K. Smith
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7:30 PM
Friday, May 9, 2014, 11 AM

“…a poet of extraordinary range and ambition.” —The New York Times
Tracy’s most recent collection of poetry, Life on Mars, published by Graywolf Press, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Her collection Duende won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A graduate of Harvard, she teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

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