Nordic Book Club

  • October 03, 2021
  • 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Online Event - Scandinavian School & Cultural Center - San Francisco, CA

Welcome to The Nordic Book Club

The Nordic Book Club is back!

We hope you can join the Scandinavian School and Cultural Center's Nordic Book Club this fall!

Our next meeting will be on Sunday October 3 at 4 PM. We will as before focus on books by Nordic authors and plan to cover writers from all the Nordic countries. The books will be read in English, to make it possible for everybody in our community to attend, and also to make it fairly easy to obtain the book we plan to read.

So far, we have read books from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. We received a suggestion for an Icelandic book from one of our fantastic Scandinavian School students and book club members, so next up is Iceland! The book we will be reading is called Hotel Silence by Icelandic writer Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir.

Hotel Silence - A funny, wistful and utterly beguiling novel about a man whose life is falling apart, and how he learns to put it back together. Jónas feels like his life is over. His wife has left him, his mother is slipping deeper into dementia, and his daughter is no longer who he thought. So he comes up with a foolproof plan: to buy a one-way ticket to a chaotic, war-ravaged country and put an end to it all. But on arriving at Hotel Silence, he finds his plans – and his anonymity – begin to dissolve under the foreign sun. / Good reads

Hotel Silence won the Icelandic Literary Prize 2016 and was chosen Best Icelandic Novel in 2016 by booksellers in Iceland. Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland. Her earlier novel, The Greenhouse (2007), won the DV Culture Award for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik. /Good reads

The event is of course free of charge, we do however request that you sign up here for the event.



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