Eric Dregni is our seventh author in the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch Summer Authors’ series. He will speak Monday, July 23rd from noon to 1pm at the Brainerd Public Library. His talk will focus on his latest book, Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, published by the University of Minnesota Press.
In Vikings in the Attic, Eric Dregni tracks down and explores the significant—often bizarre—historic sites, tales, and traditions of Scandinavia’s peculiar colony in the Midwest. Dregni reveals the little-known tales that lie beneath the surface of Nordic America and proves by example why generations of Scandinavian-Americans have come to love and cherish these tales and traditions so dearly.
Eric Dregni is assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul. He is the author of several books, including Minnesota Marvels (2001), Midwest Marvels (2006), In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream (2008), and Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital (2009), all published by the University of Minnesota Press. During the summer, he is dean of Lago del Bosco, the Italian Concordia Language Village in northern Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis.
This promises to be an interesting hour for all, with or without Scandinavian ancestry. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library and all are welcome.