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Reading Takes You Places: Week 1 - Scandinavia

Posted: June 11, 2020, 3:03PM

OCPL Summer Reading Program 2020 - Reading Takes You PlacesThe Ohio County Public Library's 2020 summer reading theme is "Reading Takes You Places." We're going to dive into some great world literature and along the way learn some useful words and phrases from the regions these stories take place. We'll be heading to places like Japan, Russia, Nigeria, Italy, Scandinavia, Columbia, Australia,  and more! Join us as we yonda—chitat'—soma⁠—leggere⁠—lese⁠—read our way across the world. 

Join our Summer Reading Challenge and read, explore, and discover amazing places both near and far. Each minute you read between now and August 15th will count as one mile. We'll be keeping track of countries visited in books and miles (in minutes) read through an online platform. Want to participate? Starting June 15, 2020 sign up online at ohiocountylibrary.readsquared.com or download the READsquared app at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Let us know where you've traveled and how far this summer through books!

Where do you want to go this summer? We're starting in Sweden!

Välkommen to week 1! Our good Dr. David Javersak will kick off the world tour, June 11 at 6:30 pm at a livestreaming People's University online. Travel around the world and through time without leaving your living room in our Summer Reading Series, "Around the World in Literature & Language."

In class one, Javersak will serve as a guide for a 4,000 mile trip across the North Atlantic to Sweden through the works of contemporary Swedish authors of funny stories and warm human interest, including Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove and Jonas Jonasson, author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared. Javersak will be accompanied by Scandinavian Language instructor Asta Solie, who will teach attendees useful words and phrases in Norwegian. 

Watch live this People's University live, June 11 at 6:30 pm on YouTube, Facebook, or the OCPL website. The program will also be recorded and available for playback through all three platforms. 


Featured Swedish Authors

Fredrik Backman (A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author)

Britt-Marie Was Here book coverBritt-Marie Was Here
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. Most alarming of all, she's given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?

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A Man Called Ove book coverA Man Called Ove
In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Ove is a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

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Jonas Jonasson (A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author)

100 Year Old Man Book CoverThe 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Allan Karlsson, resident of a nursing home in a small Swedish town, is about to be celebrated at his 100th birthday party with the press, the mayor, and the entire nursing staff and fellow residents in attendance. But Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption), so he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his "pee slippers” and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey. At the same time we discover Allan’s larger–than–life back story: not only has he witnessed, Zelig–like, some of the most important events of the twentieth century but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting as an explosives expert, he finds himself involved in the development of the atomic bomb and in his travels throughout the world, shares meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman, to Mao, Franco, and De Gaulle.

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Britt-Marie Was Here book coverThe Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man
What's next for Allan Karlsson? Turns out this centenarian has a few more adventures in store . . .It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they're not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harboring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un. Yikes! Soon Allan and Julius are at the center of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Needless to say, things are about to get very, very complicated.

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Interested in reading some great Scandanavian literature?

Try some books from some of these authors:


Sweden

Lars Kepler
Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril, authors of the Joona Linna series. With seven installments to date, the series has sold more than 14 million copies in 40 languages.

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Camilla Lackberg
Camilla Läckberg a Swedish crime writer. Her first six novels all became Swedish No. 1 bestsellers. In her Fjällbacka series of detective novels, a brilliant young detective teams up with a local true crime author to take on the most baffling murder cases that crop up in that small Swedish coastal town and the nearby countryside.

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Stieg Larsson
Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and activist whose posthumously published Millennium series of crime novels series featuring Lisbeth Salander brought him international acclaim.

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Henning Mankell
Henning Georg Mankell (1948-2015) was a Swedish crime writer, children's author, and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most noted creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander. 

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Marianne Fredriksson
With her acclaimed novels Hanna’s Daughters and Simon’s Family, international bestselling author Marianne Fredriksson captivated readers with the extraordinary power of her emotional landscapes. 

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Liza Marklund
No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Liza Marklund is one of the most successful female Scandinavian authors of all time. Her series about crime reporter Annika Bengtzon – in which life at a bustling tabloid and the conflict between motherhood and career set the stage for immensely suspenseful crime stories – quickly established the author as a bestseller worldwide.

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Norway

Jo Nesbø
Jo Nesbø is a Norwegian author best known internationally for a series of crime novels featuring hard-boiled detective Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-la in Norwegian).

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Karin Fossum
Often referred to as the "Norwegian queen of crime," Karin Fossum is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series.

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Kjell Ola Dahl
Kjell Ola Dahl is best known for his eleven Nordic noir crime novels which feature his Oslo detectives Frølich and Gunnarstranda. Six of these have been published in English, translated by Don Bartlett.

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Denmark

Jussi Adler-Olsen
Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish author of Scandinavian crime fiction. He is best known in English-speaking countries for his Department Q series.

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Lene Kaaberbøl
Lene Kaaberbøl is a Danish writer born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work primarily consists of children's fantasy series and crime fiction for adults. She received the Nordic Children's Book Prize in 2004

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Finland

James Thompson
James Thompson (1964-2014) was an American-Finnish crime writer based in Helsinki. He published four crime novels with the Finnish inspector Kari Vaara as the protagonist.

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Emmi Itäranta
Reviewers have compared Finnish author Emmi Itäranta to Margaret Atwood, and Memory of Water won her the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors in 2013 and the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2012.

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Iceland

Arnaldur Indriðason
Icelandic author and writer of crime-fiction, Arnaldur Indridason is well known and equally well regarded for his unique brand of suspense, intrigue, and realism as he makes influential waves within the thriller genre. He has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running.

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Ragnar Jónasson
Ragnar Jonasson is the award-winning author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series and the Hulda Trilogy.

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Have you read some great Scandinavia literature you like to share?

Tell us what you've been reading in the comments below!






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