Pen Pals

Ann Napolitano

Hopkins Center for the Arts - In-person + Virtual
Thu, Mar 13, 2025, 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 14, 2025, 11:00am
Ticket prices
$35 - $59
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Proceeds from this event benefit Hennepin County Library. 

Ann Napolitano Photo Credit Jake Chessum
Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano Book Cover

We’re all interconnected, and when you see that, you see how beautiful life is.

 - Ann Napolitano

Bestselling Novelist

Ann Napolitano is the author of four critically acclaimed novels. Her 2020 release, Dear Edward, was an instant New York Times bestseller, a "Read with Jenna" selection, and is now an Apple TV+ series starring Connie Britton. The story follows twelve-year-old Edward Adler, the sole survivor of a tragic plane crash, and begs the question; when you've lost everything, how do find yourself?

Napolitano’s latest novel, Hello Beautiful, has sold more than one million copies. It was named a best book of 2023 by multiple publications including The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Washington Post, and Time, and was the 100th Oprah Book Club pick. An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women, Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

Napolitano is also the author of A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach. She was the Associate Editor of One Story literary magazine from 2014-2020. She received an MFA from New York University, and has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College’s MFA program, New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and for the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Ann lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

All in-person Pen Pals programs are held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts—offering great sound and sight lines for the entire house. Just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 28 minutes from Saint Paul, Hopkins Center for the Arts offers free convenient parking as well as numerous nearby restaurants. Please click the button below to download a detailed directions and parking guide.

Hopkin Center for the Arts

1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

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Ticket holders to both sessions of this event will automatically receive access to a virtual live stream of the evening lecture via Zoom. A personalized link will be sent to the email provided during purchase at least 24 hours prior to the evening event. In addition, a link to an on-demand recording will be sent to ticket holders via email the day following the evening event and will be available for viewing for three days. If you plan on joining the livestream event and have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

Accessible parking and seating is available at all Pen Pals events. Captions are available for both in-person and virtual events, and assistive listening devices are available at in-person events. Read more about accessibility at Pen Pals here.

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