Read books on Nordic topics or by Nordic authors and participate in a guided discussion with other readers. We will provide coffee and tea and a welcoming environment.
We often try to pick titles available in both Swedish and English, with the discussion in English. This is a great option for advanced Swedish language learners to continue practicing their Swedish reading skills. Non-Swedish language learners are welcome to read the title in English!
Didn't have time to finish the book? We get it. Join us anyway to get inspired to finish the book!
Facilitator: Lisa Huntsha, Swenson Center archivist/librarian
Date & Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 6-7pm
Location: Swenson Center reading room, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201.
Cost: Free for Swenson Center members and Augie students/$10 nonmember
Register today! Register online, call 309-794-7204, mail a check made out to "Swenson Center," or stop by the Center.
A Drop of Midnight by Jason Diakité -- with visit from the author!
"World-renowned hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité’s vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family’s history—from South Carolina slavery to twenty-first-century Sweden." --from Amazon
Book Club meeting: August 25, 2020, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time (note new date & time).
The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
"A larger-than-life old man with a fondness for vodka goes on an unexpected adventure in this whimsical novel -- perfect for fans of Forrest Gump and A Man Called Ove." --from Amazon
Book Club meeting: September 8, 2020, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Central
Swedish Chicago: The Shaping of an Immigrant Community, 1880-1920 by Anita Olson Gustafson.
"Between 1880 and 1920, emigration from Sweden to Chicago soared, and the city itself grew remarkably…Chicago influenced these Swedes' lives in profound ways, determining the types of jobs they would find, the variety of people they would encounter, and the locations of their neighborhoods…This engaging study will appeal to scholars and general readers interested in immigration and Swedish-American history." --excerpt from Goodreads
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman, translated by Alice Menzies (Swedish title Saker min son behöver veta om världen)
"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove shares an irresistible and moving collection of heartfelt, humorous essays about fatherhood, providing his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world." --from Amazon
Canceled due to COVID-19.
Canceled due to COVID-19.
A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles (Swedish title En helt vanlig familj)
"M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping legal thriller that forces the reader to consider: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life—and one another." --from Goodreads
Swede Hollow: A Novel by Ola Larsmo, translated by Tiina Nunnally (Swedish title Swede Hollow)
"A riveting family saga immersed in the gritty, dark side of Swedish immigrant life in America in the early twentieth century" --from Goodreads