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Rushford Library hosts author


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Author Eric Dregni will be at the Rushford Library Tuesday, February 26. Photo courtesy of the Sons of Norway blog

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Rushford Public Library is well-known for its on-going and varied programs. Keeping the pace going in the frigid winter, the library warms things up Tuesday, February 26 with a humorous evening with Minnesota writer Eric Dregni. The author of several books on Minnesotan and Norwegain culture, including In Cod We Trust and Minnesota Marvels, Dregni will be on hand to talk about his current book, Vikings in the Attic.

A fourth-generation Scandinavian-American, Dregni and his book are a part of a 13-week SELCO author tour. The tour locations, chosen amonst all SELCO-participating libraries, are by invitation only. The selected libraries then choose their top three author choices. Rushford Library Director Susan Hart was thrilled when the library got Dregni, their first pick. “There are no restrictions based on city size or available funding for enjoying arts and cultural programs in taking advantage of this author tour project,” says Hart. “We were fortunate to be accepted.”

The book, a 2012 Minnesota Book Award finalist, delves into some of the reasoning of our distinctive Scandinavian culture in the Midwest. And here you thought we were normal, right?

“Who are these rather odd Scandinavians in our midst?” asks University of Minnesota Press, which published the book. “Vikings in the Attic goes beyond the lefse, lutefisk, and lusekofter (lice jacket) sweaters to reveal the little-known tales that lie beneath the surface of Nordic America. Ultimately, Dregni ends up proving by example why generations of Scandinavian-Americans have come to love and cherish these tales and traditions so dearly.”

The event begins at 7pm at Montini Hall, Rushford. There is no charge for the evening, which is provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. “A book sale and signing will follow the program, as well as the usual Nordic coffee and treats fest,” notes Rushford Library Director Susan Hart. “Bring the family! It will be a very enjoyable evening.”

The Rushford library carries five of Dregni’s books, including Vikings in the Attic. Others include Zamboni, Weird Minnesota, In Cod We Trust, and Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital.

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