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Poet and Memoirist Patricia Hampl to Read Thursday

Poet and memoirist Patricia Hampl, whose latest book, The Florist's Daughter, was named one of 2007's "Notable Books" by The New York Times, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr College on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall.

The reading is free and open to the public.

With The Florist's Daughter and her earlier books A Romantic Education, Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life, and Blue Arabesque, Hampl has helped define what Booklist has called "the memoir of discovery."

She has also published two collections of poetry, Woman before an Aquarium, and Resort and Other Poems.  In 1987 she published Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak's summer in Iowa, with engravings by Steven Sorman.

Her 1999 book I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards in the category of General Nonfiction in 2000.

"Hampl's prose is delightfully fluid, artful without being arty, ever attuned to ambiguity. She is, unquestionably, one of the finest stylists we have," said Dan Cryer in Newsday's "Books We Liked Best in 2007."

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