Dr. Maren Johnson, Luther College's Associate Professor of Nordic Studies and Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies Director, facilitates a monthly Bokprat inspired by Scandinavian authors and Scandinavian life.
Join us for an evening discussion as we unpack Derek B. Miller’s crime novel, Norwegian By Night. The book follows Sheldon Horowitz, a Jewish New Yorker, as he settles into a new life in Norway with his granddaughter, following her marriage to a Norwegian citizen. Sheldon finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation, which forces him to engage in and with Norwegian society in ways he hadn’t anticipated.
This hour-long event will start with a brief discussion and background to ground a conversation on how the book addresses themes of immigration and integration, culture-clash, and inclusion. Please read the whole book prior to the event.
Next month's August Bokprat will feature Derek Miller’s follow-up novel, American by Day.
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: Registered participants should secure their own copy of the featured book and have read it prior to the discussion. You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.
Enrollment Deadline: July 16, 2020
Maren Anderson Johnson is assistant professor of Nordic Studies and Director of the Richard L. and Judith A. Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies at Luther College. She teaches courses in Norwegian language and contemporary Nordic culture. Johnson received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Scandinavian language and literature from the University of Washington and B.A. in Norwegian language and literature from Pacific Lutheran University.