Club Book: the book club rewritten

Club Book Patricia Hampl
Patricia Hampl is one of those rare authors who holds perennial appeal with general audiences, but is also beloved by writers everywhere: “lyric, cerebral, and a boon companion at any stage of the writing journey” (Ploughshares). In her debut memoir and travelogue, A Romantic Education (1981), Hampl explores her Czech heritage. Her equally poignant follow-up, Virgin Time (1992), turns the spotlight to her Roman Catholic upbringing and the author’s quest for spiritual fulfillment beyond religious dogma. The Florist’s Daughter (2007) focuses on “the relentlessly modest life” of her hard-working parents. Hampl, a three-time Minnesota Book Award winner and professor at the University of Minnesota, is back in 2018 with The Art of a Wasted Day. Like her other masterworks, The Art of a Wasted Day is difficult to pigeonhole as simple memoir. It is part travelogue, and part spirited defense of leisure time in the face of our ever-more busy and stressful modern lifestyle. It debuts in April.

This FREE event will be held at the Prior Lake Public Library/Club Prior, located at 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. in Prior Lake. Seating is first-come first served, and doors will open 45 minutes before the program begins. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Arrive early to guarantee your spot!

Missed the live event? Come back to this page for a recording after the event.

Interested in reading some of Hampl's works before or after the Club Book program? 

The library owns many of her works in a variety of formats including book and downloadable eBook format. The Florist's Daughter is also available as a book club kit that you can check out.  Each kit contains 10 copies of the book, discussion questions and author information, and you can check out the kits for 6 weeks. View all her content on our catalog.


Club Book is a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and is coordinated by Library Strategies, the nonprofit consulting group of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.  The program is made possible through Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.