Iceland — one of Europe’s most literate and literary countries — is home to many delightful holiday traditions, including Jólabókaflóð or, Holiday Book Flood. Prior to the Jule shopping season, Icelandic publishers release a flood of new books. Among newly knitted sweaters and licorice candies, Icelanders invariably find a new book (or several) under the holiday tree. The Christmas break is spent hanging out with family, devouring the latest crime novel, trollish misadventure, or expertly crafted poetry.
This year, the Seattle-Reykjavik Sister City Association, in partnership with the Nordic Museum, brings this holiday tradition to Seattle.
The Holiday Book Flood starts December 1 and continues through December 9, with a pop-up shop at the Nordic Museum gift store, highlighting the best in Icelandic and Nordic literature, curated by the SRSCA Book Club and Fantagraphics Books.
On December 6, the Flood kicks into high gear with a reading featuring local literary talent, at the Nordic Museum, between 6pm–8pm. (2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107)
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Sierra Nelson, Seattle-based poet, performance artist, and teacher. In addition to publishing award-winning I Take Back the Sponge Cake, and 13 Love Poems & One Ugly One, Nelson has created art and performance installations throughout the world including Venice and Reykjavik. Her latest book, The Lachrymose Report, was published this fall with Poetry NW Books.
D.A. Navoti, an essayist and fiction writer whose work has has appeared in Spartan, The Explicator, NativeOUT and focuses on the intersections of contemporary indigenous identities. He is a 2017 Jack Straw Cultural Center writing fellow and emerging writer fellow from Hugo House.
Margaret Wilson, an anthropologist and writer, whose book, Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge, was a finalist for the 2017 Washington State Book Award for Nonfiction. Her book is an eye-popping narrative journey into the lives of literally thousands of Icelandic fishing women who have braved Iceland's arctic seas from the Viking times to the present.
(more to be announced shortly!)
Following the performances, guests are invited to explore the Nordic Museum’s permanent exhibits for free; the stunning “Vikings Begin,” featuring a bevy of artifacts from Uppsala University in Sweden, is only $5.
This event is also a book drive to benefit the families at Mary’s Place, an emergency shelter for women and children. Guests are encouraged to drop off a new or gently used children’s book at the Nordic Museum gift store any time between December 1 and December 16.
This event is produced in collaboration with the Seattle City of Literature.