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SWEDE HOLLOW event at Augustana College with Ola Larsmo

When Oct 12, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Augustana College, Hanson Hall of Science, 726 35th St., Room 102, Rock Island, IL 61201
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Swede Hollow (Ola Larsmo)Ola Larsmo will be at Augustana College on Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. to deliver the Swenson Center's annual O. Fritiof Under Lecture in Immigration History and sign copies of his new book, Swede Hollow: A Novel.


Gustaf and Anna Klar and their three children dream of starting over when they leave Sweden for New York, finally settling in a cluster of rough-hewn shacks in a deep, wooded ravine on the edge of St. Paul, Minnesota. This haunting story of a real place echoes the larger challenges of immigration in the twentieth century and today.


"Ola Larsmo presents a sober and realistic portrayal of the suffering and hardships that awaited Swedish immigrants after they arrived in America. Swede Hollow is a moving, at times harrowing, always convincing novel on a truly epic scale." —Steve Sem-Sandberg, author of The Emperor of Lies

"Ola Larsmo’s Swede Hollow follows in the rich and remarkable tradition of Scandinavian luminaries like Rolvaag and Moberg. Here’s a novel that makes the epic intimate and the intimate profound and enduring. You’ll no sooner forget these characters than you will your own kinfolk, and if you’re like me, you will love them much the same." —Peter Geye, author of Wintering

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