Penn Closes PLA 2022 in Portland with Insight and Humor
“When the email came through that PLA wanted me to be a
keynote speaker, I was very excited,” said Kal Penn during PLA’s Closing
Session on Friday (Mar. 26). He extended a huge thank you to librarians who
have been so supportive of his book, You Can’t Be Serious, noting
all the social media tags that came from libraries.
Having been asked before, “As an actor best-known as a
stoner and a doctor, what made you qualified to work in the White House?” he
knew exactly what to say to the thousands of librarians in attendance. “Having
an interest in acting and public service didn’t seem strange in my heart.” He always
kept part of his life private, so people didn’t know he had an interest in
politics or public service.
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