Pen Pals

Rebecca Makkai

Hopkins Center for the Arts - In-person + Virtual
Tue, Oct 29, 2024, 7:30pm
Wed, Oct 30, 2024, 11:00am
Ticket prices
$35 - $59
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*In-Person subscriptions to the 2024-25 season are SOLD OUT. Please purchase a virtual access only subscription using the button above, or you can also join the in-person wait list for sold out lectures. Virtual access tickets to individual lectures go on sale later this summer.

Proceeds from this event benefit Hennepin County Library. 

Rebecca Makkai Photo Credit Brett Simison
I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai Book Cover

We're all going about trying to make beauty in the world and trying to make order out of chaos. And that's what art is.

 - Rebecca Makkai

Award-Winning Author

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Great Believers received an American Library Association Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was listed on the Top Ten Books of 2018 by The New York Times.

In her latest novel I Have Some Questions for You, a successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane, is content to forget her past—the family tragedy that marred her adolescence, her four miserable years at a New Hampshire boarding school, and the murder of her former roommate, Thalia Keith, in their senior year. But when her alma mater invites her back to teach a course, Bodie is inexorably drawn to the case and its increasingly apparent flaws. Named one of the best books of 2023 by over a dozen publications, the spellbinding novel was hailed by People as “a twisty, immersive whodunit perfect for fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.”

Makkai’s work has been featured in publications such as Harper’s and Tin House. Her short fiction has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize XLI and The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is the Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. 

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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