2017 November Reading Series

Reading Series Event on November 10 at 7:30 PM.

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not. Her short story collection, What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, from Riverhead Books, has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, The Millions, Nylon, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. She recently won the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction for this debut collection.  Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and others. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, a Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage, which, along with subsequent works established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing. Her most recent book is The Florist’s Daughter; forthcoming from Viking Penguin is The Art of the Wasted Day. Other works include Blue Arabesque, Virgin Time, Spillville, and I Could Tell You Stories (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction).  She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990. Her forthcoming book is The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking Penguin, 2018). She 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 2017 Reading Series is co-curated by writers Margaret Hasse and Clarence White and is funded in partnership with the Anoka County Library. The event is free and open to the public.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage fund.