The Pen Pals lecture series is gearing up for fall, planning tentatively for in-person author events while allowing those who prefer to stay home to tune in virtually.
The 25th season will bring in three Pulitzer Prize winners and a National Book Award finalist. As always, events will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and repeated the next day at 11 a.m.
Anthony Doerr (Oct. 26): Doerr won the Pulitzer for his novel "All the Light We Cannot See." His new novel, "Cloud Cuckoo Land," will be published in September.
Viet Thanh Nguyen (Dec. 6): A MacArthur "genius grant" recipient, Nguyen won the Pulitzer for his novel "The Sympathizer." His latest novel, "The Committed," a sequel, was published in February.
Brit Bennett (Feb. 10, 2022): Her novel "The Vanishing Half" was longlisted for a National Book Award last year.
Richard Powers (April 28, 2022): A Pulitzer winner for "The Overstory," he has a new novel, "Bewilderment," due in September.
Emily St. John Mandel (May 17, 2022): Her novel "Station Eleven" was a National Book Award finalist. Her new novel is "The Glass Hotel."
Season tickets, beginning at $200, go on sale Tuesday at 612-543-8112 or supporthclib.org/pen-pals. Individual tickets will go on sale later in the summer. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
Laurie Hertzel • 612-673-7302 • @StribBooks