Category Archives: Literature

Choose your Easter Thriller!

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A guide to Norwegian crime and mystery authors to help you celebrate properly Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Norwegians will be on holiday from Holy Thursday through Easter Monday and almost everyone will be reading a crime novel. If you would like to adopt this tradition, here are some suggestions for your reading material. Thanks to the huge success ...

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Photo courtesy of the Looking Glass Theatre To save her father and mother, a young daughter makes a promise to live with a beastly bear, whose palace is secretly filled with nasty, bumbling trolls. East of the Sun and West of the Moon, based on a Scandinavian folk tale, is on now at the Looking Glass Theatre.

Looking Glass Theatre’s Norwegian folk tale turned play delights audiences of all ages in Brooklyn Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Perhaps you have seen the iconic Norwegian image of a beautiful young girl, hair cascading over her shoulders, riding a polar bear. Perhaps you did not know the genesis of this image; for it serves as a popular illustration ...

A new interpretation

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Robert G. Johnson and Janey Westin offer a new theory on the presence of Norse explorers in North America Kelsey Larson Managing Editor The Kensington Runestone in Minnesota, the Spirit Pond runestones discovered in Maine, reports of Native American peoples with light skin and eyes...could there possibly be a historic explanation for these phenomena, or are they simply ...

2012: The Year in Review

By Kelsey Larson Managing Editor It’s our last issue of the year, and with it we’d like to offer some reflections on the highlights of 2012. This year was an interesting one for Norway, as it tried to make sense of the tragedies of July 22, 2011, through Anders Behring Breivik’s trial. The country also went through ...

Hooked for life: A coming-of-age story of a halibut fisherman

For those who love the adventure of "Deadliest Catch" and the romance of the sea, there is a new story to add to your to-read list. "Four Thousand Hooks" is the coming-of-age story of Dean Adams, who became a greenhorn deckhand on his uncle's fishing schooner at the age of 16, a decision that would ...

Join the conversation

Four translators who specialize in Norwegian – English translation work, from left: Irene Levin Berman, Erling Dugan, Tynlee Roberts and Vigdis Eriksen.

Four translators share their experiences of working in language as a profession By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly In today’s increasingly globalized world, translators play an important role in technical and cultural communication. They move effortlessly from Norwegian to English (and often several other languages as well), keeping the lines of communication clear with clear, straightforward translations ...

Queen of design

The life and work of Norwegian designer Grete Prytz Kittelsen in a new book Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly The Scandinavian Design movement of the mid-20th century was born of the idea that beautiful, functional everyday objects could be accessible to everyone in society. In the history of design, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have often overshadowed Norway. ...

Summer of malice

From the author of “Target” and “Hard Water Blues” comes the third installment in the Pete Thorsen mystery series: “Malice.” Robert Wangard has done it again in this crime thriller featuring Norwegian-American Pete Thorsen. An ex-private investigator who has seen more than his fair share of violence, Thorsen decides to stay far away from the recent ...

Out of the shadows

A conversation with author and actress Kathryn Leigh Scott By Christy Olsen Field Managing Editor With the recent film adaptation of “Dark Shadows,” fans of the original 1960s gothic soap opera have come out of the woodwork to celebrate the cult classic. We recently sat down with Kathryn Leigh Scott, a star in the original TV series, to ...