American memoirist Patricia Hampl is described as “one of the best practitioners of the genre” using a “heritage of remembrance and imagination” to drive her stories. In Hampl’s first memoir, A Romantic Education (1981), she shares her desire to be a writer but also the assumption that she would have an additional career. Writing would just be something she did in addition to her profession. The book chronicles her discovery that nothing else ever took the place of writing for, “wanting to be a writer was wanting to be a person.” Hampl has continued writing memoirs including Virgin Time (1992), Blue Arabesque (2006), The Florist’s Daughter (2007), and most recently, The Art of the Wasted Day (2018). Her memoirs tell the story of a “writer in the making.” In I Could Tell you Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory (1999), Hampl writes about the memoir genre itself, always drawn back to the “transformative value of remembering and paying attention to our lives, no matter how ordinary they seem.”
Hampl lives in St. Paul where she teaches in the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. She is one of the original founding members of the Loft Literary Center.
Tickets are $5; the event is free for students. Tickets can be purchased at augielink.com/hamplFor more information, call the Mikkelsen Library at 605.274.4921.
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