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Life on the Upper Mississippi – Performance by Patricia Hampl with Dan Chouinard, October 9, 2008

October 9, 2008IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Author Patricia Hampl draws from literary sources far and wide to take listeners on a literary voyage down the Mississippi River. She reads from her own memoirs as well as the work of other poets, novelists, historians and essayists.

“Life on the Upper Mississippi: a Literary Excursion” was performed in October at the University of Minnesota. Hampl was accompanied by Twin Cities musician Dan Chouinard.

Recorded by Minnesota Public Radio and broadcast on the Midday show, 12/08/2008, 12:00 p.m.

Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1981. This book and subsequent works established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 25 years. Hampl’s fiction, poems, reviews, essays and travel pieces have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Hampl is Regents Professor and also McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches fall semesters in the MFA program of the English Department.

Dan Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of local and national performers. As a pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller, Dan regularly creates special programs for Minnesota Public Radio which blend storytelling, interview and music. Two recent shows, “Cafe Europa” (2005) and “Mambo Italiano” (2006) have been aired on Twin Cities public televison and broadcast statewide on MPR. He is also called on to work the occasional “A Prairie Home Companion” show with Garrison Keillor, and served as rehearsal accompanist on the set of the Robert Altman-directed movie “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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