The bad news is that Poet Richard Blanco, who was to appear in the Twin Cities later this month for the Pen Pals Reading Series, has been forced to cancel his appearnce due to a "non-life-threatening health issue." 

The good news is that storyteller Kevin Kling has agreed to fill in for Blanco. He'll be introduced by poet Ed Bok Lee for the performance of 7:30 p.m. March 12, and by Minnesota poet laureate Joyce Sutphen at 11 a.m. on March 13.

If you have a ticket and can't make the event, Friends of the Hennepin County Library will issue you a refund.

If you don't have a ticket, they're still available, and you can get one online here or by calling 612-543-8112.

Tickets are $40-$50. Tickets are also still availble for Jodi Picoult in April, and Chip Kidd in May.

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