“West of the Moon” a book for children of all ages (A virtual presentation)
February 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
West of the Moon weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America.
After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America.
Margi Preus is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other notable books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, the subject of her presentation for the Norwegian Heritage Center. Inspired by Norwegian fairytales and the diary her great-great grandmother kept as she emigrated from Norway to America, West of the Moon is an ALA/ALSC Notable, the recipient of multiple awards, and included on many “best-of” lists. Formerly a playwright, Margi is the co-creator of dozens of shows for kids, thirty-some comedy revues, a couple of re-envisioned Shakespeare plays, and a handful of comic operas. At home in Duluth, she likes to hike, ski, paddle a canoe, or sit quietly with a book on her lap. Visit her at www.margipreus.com