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Hallgrimur Helgason discusses ‘Woman at 1,000 Degrees’
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Hallgrimur Helgason discusses ‘Woman at 1,000 Degrees’
WhereBallard Branch
Room LocationMiriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us as Icelandic author Hallgrimur Helgason discusses his novel "Woman at 1,000 Degrees" as part of Nordic Seattle's Nordic Literary Series.
DescriptionA historical novel, “Woman at 1,000 Degrees” is based on the real life of Brynhildur Georgia Björnsson, an Icelandic woman whom Helgason accidentally met over the telephone in 2006. The novel’s main character is Herra Björnsson. She lives alone in a garage, with her laptop and an old German hand grenade from World War II. She knows she is about to die, but tells us the story of her life -- a difficult life that saw her in Denmark before the war, orphaned in Germany during World War II, fleeing to Argentina after the war, and from then on searching for happiness with many men in many countries. Herra’s fate has been compared to the fate of Iceland, which was a Danish colony for centuries, then became independent in 1944, but was protected by the Americans until 2006. Like Herra, Iceland never knows where to belong or whom to be with.

Hallgrimur Helgason is an Icelandic artist and author of nine novels. His most well-known books are “101 Reykjavik,” a slacker novel from the nineties, “The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning,” a comic crime novel, and his most recent publication, “Woman at 1,000 Degrees.”
View in Catalog"Woman at 1,000 Degrees" by Hallgrimur Helgason
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is presented in partnership with the Nordic Museum and Secret Garden Bookshop as part of their Nordic Literary Series. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Contact InfoBallard Branch
Contact Phone206-684-4089
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Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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