Category Archives: Author presentations

A Scandinavian Immigrant Story

skipping stones cover

Scandinavian mass migration, World War I, influenza epidemic, Great Depression, dust bowl, and World War II create the wide-angle sweep for Skipping Stones : a story of finding home written by local author Gloria Koll.  The novel is about Kari, a brave young woman who travels on her own from Norway to 1880s Dakota Territory to make a life for herself.

On Saturday, April 16th, Gloria will talk about her book aGloria Koll authort the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge.  She will alternate her reading of stories from the book with American vocal & harp tunes performed by Claudia Walker. The program will last about one hour.

This novel will brighten discussions among readers young and old  who like well-told stories about women helping women, dissimilar Claudia Walker harpmarriages, mothers and sons, big, energetic families, American landscape, and men and women making it through hard times.

The program will start following a short business meeting of the Lodge which will begin at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served and donations  are welcome as well.

A Scandinavian immigrant story

skipping stones coverScandinavian mass migration, World War I, influenza epidemic, Great Depression, dust bowl, and World War II create the wide-angle sweep for Skipping Stones : a story of finding home written by local author Gloria Koll.  The novel is about Kari, a brave young woman who travels on her own from Norway to 1880s Dakota Territory to make a life for herself.

Gloria, in cooperation with Sno-Isle Libraries and local Gloria Koll authorharpist Claudia Walker, will talk about her book at the Coupeville Library on Sunday, November 1st at 2pm Gloria will alternate her  reading of several stories from the book with Claudia’s  Norwegian and early American tunes.  The program will last about one hour.

Claudia Walker harpThis novel will brighten discussions among readers who like well-told stories about women helping women, dissimilar marriages, mothers and sons, big, energetic families, American landscape, and men and women making it through hard times.

Author Linda Strever to give talk at Nordic Hall

LindaStrever2On Monday evening April 27th, at 7 pm,  author Linda Strever will  introduce us to her book Against My Dreams:  An Immigrant’s Story– a collection of narrative poems written in the voice of her Norwegian immigrant grandmother, Gunnhild Olavsdatter Breland. The manuscript was a finalist for both the Intro Series Poetry Prize and the Levis Poetry Prize from Four-Way Books, the New Issues Press Award in Poetry and the Ohio State University Press Award in Poetry.  A book signing will follow the program.

The author will be doing a second program about her new lyrical novel, Don’t Look Away,  on Tuesday morning, April 28th at the Coupeville Library beginning at 10:30am.   She will be available for  book signing following this  presentation as well.

Both programs are co-sponsored by the Nordic Lodge and the Friends of the Coupeville Library.

More information about Linda Strever and her writing can be found on her website at http://www.lindastrever.com

The Nordic Hall is located at 63 Jacobs Rd., about one miles south of the intersection of No. Main St in Coupeville and highway 20.

Author to give talk about an almost forgotten piece of history

LHuntOn March 6th, Linda Lawrence Hunt,  Ph.D. , author of Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America, will be presenting this story  about the incredible walk from Spokane to New York City in 1896 made by  Norwegian immigrants Helga Estby & her daughter Clara to save their family farm, and her own journey in uncovering this almost forgotten important piece of history.

Bold Spirit is based on Hunt’s dissertation and was first published in 2003 by the University of Idaho Press and then by Anchor Books in 2005. It has been honored with the 2004 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Willa Cather Literary Award, and the Washington State Book Award.

This program has been arranged for by the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge and the Coupeville Public Library.

7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6th.  Nordic Hall,  63 Jacobs Rd., Coupeville.  The Jacobs Road  is a right turn off Highway 20 about one mile south of  the intersection of Highway 20 & Main in Coupeville.