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2017 INL Reads! Selection is “Ivory Vikings” by Nancy Marie Brown

By Angel Johnson-Nelson  Attendees of the 2017 Icelandic National League of North America convention were the first to learn that a recently published nonfiction book is this year’s choice for the 2017 INL Reads! Program.   Author, historian, and Icelandic Online … Continue reading

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Saga of Gudrid-The Far-Traveler chosen for 2015 INL Reads!

Attendees of the 2015 Icelandic National League of North America convention were the first to learn that a recently published novel is this year’s INL Reads! selection. Historian Nancy Marie Brown, who is the author of four nonfiction books on … Continue reading

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2013 INL Reads! Selected at the INL of NA’s Seattle Convention

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2012-13 INL Reads! Selection Made at the 2012 INL of NA Convention

The delegates to the 2012 Icelandic National League of North America in Brandon, Manitoba, selected What the Bear Said, by W.D. Valgardson as the second selection of our INL Reads! program. You can read more about the selection by clicking … Continue reading

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Questions and background links for Independent People discussions

Here are some questions some of our INL Reads! readers have posed about our first book, Independent People.

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W.D. Valgardson blogs on Laxness and Independent People

This is a wonderful meditation on Laxness, the nature of genius, the novel “Independent People,” and Icelandic society’s uneasy relationship with all of the above. It is a great opening to formulating your own thoughts or discussions on the novel. … Continue reading

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An Icelandic “Lord’s Prayer”

At a moment in “Independent People,” when the community of sheep farmers was faced with another death, they searched for a way to honor the deceased. They passed around a borrowed copy of Hallgrimur Pjetursson’s “Passion Hymns,” only to discover … Continue reading

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