The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
invites you to a reading and conversation with
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
302 Barnard Hall – 3RD Floor
New York, NY 10027
Barnard Hall is located immediately upon entering through the main gate
of the Barnard campus at Broadway and 117th Street
Doors open at 6:30 PM | Reading begins at 7:00 PM
~ Refreshments before & after ~
Patricia Hampl will read selections from her new book, The Art of the Wasted Day.
A conversation on the art of the personal essay will follow her reading.
PATRICIA HAMPL first won recognition for A Romantic Education, a Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage. This book and subsequent works established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing. Her most recent books, The Florist’s Daughter and Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, were among the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year.” Other books include Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak’s 1893 summer in Iowa; Virgin Time, an inquiry into contemplative life; and I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction. Hampl is also the author of two poetry collections. Her work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Scholar, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Essays. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship; she also has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (in poetry and in prose) and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her new book, The Art of the Wasted Day, published by Viking Penguin in April 2018, explores the centrality of daydreaming and leisure. Patricia Hampl is Regents Professor, University of Minnesota, and a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Life Narratives, Kingston University, London. She lives in St. Paul, her hometown.
The ALSCW gratefully acknowledges Women Poets at Barnard for co-sponsoring this event.