Patricia Hampl: The Art of the Wasted Day
Sonoma, the first “slow city” in the United States, knows the value of taking our time. Author Patricia Hampl, who has had a lifelong fascination with contemplation, solitude, and silence, explores these values in her newest book, The Art of the Wasted Day. “Life conceived—and lived—as a to-do list. This is the problem,” writes Patricia Hampl before diving into a celebration of daydreaming and letting go. In the book, Hampl takes us along on her own travels from Bordeaux, to rural Wales, to taking a retreat at a Benedictine monastery, and to a boat trip down the Mississippi River to showcase the power of repose and seclusion. Hampl will be at Readers’ Books on Friday, 8/17, with a 6:30 reception and 7:00 reading.
Patricia Hampl is the author of six prose works, including A Romantic Education and, most recently, The Florist's Daughter. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Best American Essays. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation, she lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.