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BY THE FIRE event at the Jefferson County Library in Washington with Barbara Sjoholm

When Dec 11, 2019
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., #9514, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
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By the Fire (Emilie Demant Hatt and Barbara Sjoholm)Barbara Sjoholm will be at the Jefferson County Library on Wednesday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. for a reading and signing for her translation of Emilie Demant Hatt's By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends. There will be Sami folktale-inspired craft-making starting at 3:00 p.m., with the reading to begin at 3:30 p.m.


These stories, collected by the Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) during her travels in the early twentieth century among the nomadic Sami in Swedish Sápmi, grant entry to a fascinating world of wonder and peril, of nature imbued with spirits, and strangers to be outwitted with gumption and craft. This first English publication of By the Fire is at once a significant contribution to the canon of world literature, a unique glimpse into Sami culture, and a testament to the enduring art of storytelling.


"By the Fire offers insights into the fascinating Sami storytelling tradition at a time when folk beliefs met Christianity—where motifs from Cinderella and legends about sea monsters intertwine in milieus as diverse as icy mountains and tobacco fields. Barbara Sjoholm's translation renders these wonderful stories in all their darkness and power." —Coppélie Cocq, Umeå University


"For lovers of folktales, By the Fire makes for wonderful reading, while it also shines a light on an important part of Swedish heritage: the Sami people and their culture." —Swedish Press

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