Friends of the Hennepin County Library’s 24th Pen Pals season to feature five top authors

Five award-winning authors will be guest readers during the 24th Pen Pals season, announced Thursday by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Colum McCann, National Book Award-winner for “Let the Great World Spin,” opens the season Oct. 22.

He will be followed by:

Nikki Giovanni, award-winning poet, activist and author of 27 books — Nov. 5.

Yaa Gyasi, author of “Homegoing,” recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” award — Feb 11-12.

Susan Choi, National Book Award-winner, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of “Trust Exercise” — May 6-7

Erik Larson, master of narrative nonfiction and bestselling author of “The Devil in the White City” — May 24-25.

McCann and Giovanni will do virtual events at 7:30 p.m. Gyasi, Choi and Larson will be in person with virtual backup. Their first day appearances will be at 7:30 p.m. with second-day readings at 11 a.m. If they appear in person, depending on coronavirus conditions, they will be at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., in Hopkins.

Season subscriptions, starting at $150, go on sale Friday, Aug. 7. Subscribe by phone at 612-543-8112, or download an order form at Individual tickets at $45 and $55 will go on sale at a date to be announced.

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