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Jacksonville Public Library Hosts Actor, Writer, Producer, & White House Staff Member Kal Penn

May 7 @ 7:00 pm

The Jacksonville Public Library joins more than 200 Illinois libraries to continue Season 3 of Illinois Libraries Present, a collaborative effort featuring virtual events with bestselling and award-winning authors and esteemed speakers. The season will culminate with The Many Lives of Kal Penn, which takes place via Zoom at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 7.

Penn will be joined in conversation by Bridget Petrites, Evanston Public Library, who will facilitate a unique and fun game show style experience featuring the myriad accomplishments of Penn’s life and previously submitted audience questions. Questions can be submitted when registering at www.jaxpl.org or by calling 217-243-5435.

Kal Penn is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He is known for his starring roles in Designated SurvivorHouse, Mira Nair’s The Namesake, the Harold & Kumar franchise, and the Christmas comedy The Santa Clauses for Disney+.

Earlier this year, Penn wrapped production on the Bloomberg Green climate change docuseries, Getting Warmer with Kal Penn, and the Viacom/Paramount+ comedy, Surina & Mel. Following the departure of Trevor Noah from The Daily Show, Kal was named as an upcoming guest host.

His first book You Can’t Be Serious was released in November 2021 and he narrates the audiobook.

This wraps up Season 3 of Illinois Libraries Present. We hope you will join us for Season 4, beginning September 17 with best-selling author, Neil Gaiman!

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. The Many Lives of Kal Penn will begin at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 7. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.jaxpl.org or call 217-243-5435.

Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility.


May 7
7:00 pm
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