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Norwegian literary evening

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Category: Education
Start date: 07 Dec 2021 06:30 PM
End date: 07 Dec 2021 07:30 PM
Street / Location: 58 Park Ave
City / town: New York
Country: New York, USA
Organizer: Scandinavia House
Name: Scandinavia House
Email: info@amscan.org
Phone: 212.779.3587
Homepage: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/nature-lit-from-norway/

... Nature literature from Norway with Torbj°rn Ekelund & Are Kalv°.
Join Scandinavia House for a special Norwegian literary evening with authors Torbj°rn Ekelund & Are Kalv°! Norway is known for its dramatic and beautiful nature, with fjords, mountains and endless hiking trails. Norwegians love to spend time outside, so called friluftsliv. In this event, get to know two fantastic authors with different approaches to nature. This event takes place live at Scandinavia House and will also be streamed virtually.

Torbj°rn Ekelund is a writer, historian and part-owner of the online magazine Harvest. His book In Praise of Paths (Greystone Books, May 2020) takes readers on a fascinating journey from the first humans wandering across Europe, after the last ice age, up until present-day organized hiking trails. Woven together in narrative through philosophy, biology, literature, archeology and mythology, In Praise of Paths is about movement and residence, migration and shortcuts; about the fascinating migratory routes of birds and animals, and our inherent need to relocate; and also about what has been lost in an age where we all sit in offices, and drive cars, and navigate using GPS on our smartphones.

City-dweller and stand-up comedian Are Kalv° grew up right in the middle of a postcard in northwestern Norway, surrounded by fjords and mountains that people from halfway across the globe travel to see. Yet he has never been much of an outdoorsman Ś once he moved to the city, he never looked back. This was never a problem until recently, when Kalv° began losing friends to the mountains. One day, Kalv° realized that he did not have a single Facebook-friend who had not posted a single photo of themselves on a mountain! In fear of missing out, he headed out to the mountains himself. His resulting adventures are compiled in the book The Hiking Book from Hell (Greystone Books, May 2022), and will be the basis for his stand-up presentation today.

The event will begin with a literary talk with Ekelund in conversation with a moderator. Next, see a stand-up routine from Kalv°. After their presentations, the writers will hold a Q&A, followed by a book signing.

Registration is required for attendance at Scandinavia House; please sign up at the link.