Monday, October 14, 2013

Minnesota's Own Nordic Noir

Vidar Sundstøl in Two Harbors. Photo by Shea Sundstøl.
I'm currently reading "Land of Dreams" by Norwegian crime novelist Vidar Sundstøl. Set on Lake Superior's North Shore, the book is Part One of the author's Minnesota Trilogy published by University of Minnesota Press and translated by Tiina Nunnally.

I'm only a few chapters into it, but the book has caught my interest on a number of levels. It's interesting to read a crime novel set in an area of Minnesota I know so well. I'm also enjoying getting aquainted with Sundstøl's Norwegian-American characters, knowing they've been created by a native Norwegian. Finally, I'm intrigued by the author's relationship with the North Shore, an area he initially resisted living in, but came to love, as he described in a recent U of M Press blogpost:
"How did 'I hate this place' become 'I can't leave here'? It was a mixture of two things: The landscape with its special magic and the people with their stories."
Those of us living in the Twin Cities metro area have several opportunities to see Sundstøl in the next few days:

Tues., Oct. 15, 7 PM
Mindekirken—The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
Q&A, reading, and book signing with the author. The event is free and open to the public, though reservations are required. Call 612-627-1932, email, or go to to register.

Wed., Oct. 16, 4:30–6 PM
Dock Café, Stillwater
Valley Bookseller’s monthly “Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour” meeting includes a talk by Sundstøl and a Q&A session. Cost is $10 and includes appetizers. Reservations are required; call 651-430-3385 for details. A cash bar will be available.

Thurs., Oct. 17, 1–3 PM
Ingebretsen’s, Minneapolis
Book signing

Thursday, October 17, 7 PM
Once Upon a Crime, Minneapolis
Author Q&A session and book signing

Viking magazine will also have the opportunity to meet with Sundstøl when he's in town. Stay tuned for an interview with the author in 2014!

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

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