Kevin Kling Reading at the Slayton Public Library 75th Anniversary, May 27, 2015

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Pen Pals Series, Hopkins Center for the Arts, March 12 & 13, 2015

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is pleased to announce the 18th season of Pen Pals, the highly regarded and longest running literary series in the Twin Cities.

The 2014-15 Pen Pals season offers an eclectic range of presenters from different genres who have collectively written, critiqued or created thousands of books.

• Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with literary critic Michael Dirda: Oct. 2, 2014, 7:30 PM (SOLD OUT)
• Doris Kearns Goodwin: Oct. 23, 2014, 7:30 PM & Oct. 24, 2014, 11 AM (SOLD OUT)
• Kevin Kling: Mar. 12, 2015, 7:30 PM & Mar. 13, 2015, 11 AM (replaced keynote Richard Blanco)
• Jodi Picoult: Apr. 16, 2015, 7:30 PM & Apr. 17, 2015, 11 AM
• Chip Kidd: May 7, 2015, 7:30 PM & May 8, 2015, 11 AM

Individual tickets are $40/$50. Subscribers of 3 or more events save 20%. Additional student and group discounts are available.
Friends of HCL members receive an additional discount of $10 per subscription or $5 per ticket.

All Pen Pals programs are held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts – offering great sound and sight lines throughout the entire house. Located at 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins (just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis), Hopkins Center for the Arts offers free convenient parking as well as numerous nearby restaurants.

A pre-show reception is held before each performance with complimentary desserts and coffee, music and book sales.
Proceeds from the program benefit Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Author Reading, Nokomis Library, Minneapolis, November 10, 2014

Nokomis Library
Monday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

Kling’s collection of essays, “The Dog Says How,” is full of captivating stories of growing up, traveling the world and relying on the strangeness of others. You will be bowled over by laughter. There will be a 15-minute Q&A session after an hour of storytelling. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Nokomis Library.

Nokomis Library
5100 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN

Plum Creek Library, 40th Anniversary, Worthington, MN; September 25, 2014

Help Celebrate Plum Creek’s 40th Anniversary!  

The Plum Creek Library System 1974 – 2014

The public is welcome to attend this program featuring 
Minnesota’s celebrated author, playwright, and performer Kevin Kling, 
sharing his unique humor and insights.

Kevin Kling

Program followed by book signing.

Thursday, September 25th 2014 6:45 PM 
Worthington Event Center 
1447 Prairie Drive, Worthington MN 56187

Please RSVP for the program at your local library of by contacting
the Plum Creek office at 507-376-5803 or by September 24.

The general public is welcome to attend this program, which was funded in whole or in part with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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Sinclair Lewis 2014 Writer’s Conference, October 10 & 11, Sauk Centre High School

One of the longest-running, most respected writers’ conferences in the upper Midwest is back in Sauk Centre for its 25th year! The conference has attracted such renowned keynote speakers as Frederick Manfred, Robert Bly, Jon Hassler, Carol Bly, Leif Enger, Bill Holm, Will Weaver, Patricia Hampl, Kevin Kling, Don Shelby, Jim Klobuchar and Gary Paulsen. This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Kling, distinguished journalist, author, columnist and speaker. Kling will be joined by three other professional writers who will share their writing and marketing expertise:

Kim Ode will discuss the autobiographical poem
Mary Casanova will examine artistic and personal strategies to crafting stories
William Kent Krueger will talk about e-readers and their impact on writers and agents

The day-long gathering will again look at the process of writing as well as selling what you write. The conference is on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Sauk Centre High School auditorium. Cost is $60, including lunch, breaks and a reception following at the Palmer House Hotel. College students and senior citizens may register for $55; high school students may attend for free, but must register and pay $15 for lunch and breaks.

Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend the conference. Participants will have the chance to hear three different presentations, the keynote talk, and a panel discussion during the day.

If you’d like to attend, make your check payable to “Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference” and mail it to Jim Umhoefer; 39336 Wild Rose Ct; Sauk Centre, MN 56378. For conference details, go to or call Jim Umhoefer at 320-429-0825 (evenings).