Salman Rushdie

Nicole Bengiveno, ASSOCIATED PRESS - NYT

Salman Rushdie headlines the next season of Pen Pals

  • Article by: LAURIE HERTZEL
  • Star Tribune
  • May 10, 2012 - 9:42 PM

Salman Rushdie, who spent nine years in hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him for publication of "The Satanic Verses," will headline the next season of the Pen Pals lecture series.

Other guests include mystery writer Dennis Lehane, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, Minnesota native Alice Kaplan, who has written a number of books about France, and "Tales of the City" author Armistead Maupin.

All lectures will take place at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., Hopkins. Cost for the series -- a fund-raiser for the Friends of Hennepin County Library -- is $160. Cost for individual tickets is $40.

Subscription tickets will go on sale May 14 by phone (612-543-8112) and online at Individual tickets will go on sale June 25.

Here's the lineup:

  • Salman Rushdie, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 11 a.m. Oct. 19. Rushdie is the author of 11 novels, three works of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and an upcoming memoir, "Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie," which will be published in September. The cost of his Pen Pals appearance includes a copy of the book.
  • Alice Kaplan, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 29 and 11 a.m. Nov. 30. Kaplan was born in Minnesota and is now a professor of French at Yale University. She is the author, most recently, of the biography, "Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis."
  • Roz Chast, 7:30 p.m. March 14, 2013, and 11 a.m. March 15, 2013. Chast is a staff cartoonist at the New Yorker magazine, where she has published more than 1,000 cartoons.
  • Dennis Lehane, 7:30 p.m. April 11, 2013, and 11 a.m. April 12, 2013. Lehane is the author of "Shutter Island," "Gone, Baby, Gone," and "Mystic River," all of which were New York Times best-sellers and all of which were made into movies.
  • Armistead Maupin, 7:30 p.m. May 16, 2013, and 11 a.m. May 17, 2013. Maupin's "Tales of the City" began as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle and grew into a series of best-selling novels, a TV miniseries and a musical.

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