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Alda Sigmundsdóttir appearing in Toronto with a light-hearted look at Icelandic


Renowned Icelandic author Alda Sigmundsdóttir will be in Toronto for the Canadian launch of her latest book, The Little Book of Icelandic, on Saturday, July 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Annette Street Public Library, 145 Annette Street.
A book about one of the oldest and most complex languages in the world, The Little Book of Icelandic offers a light-hearted and readable look at “the idiosyncrasies, delights, and sheer tyranny of the Icelandic language” – and the heart and soul of the people who use it. “Icelandic is a complicated language,” Alda writes. “It’s a bloody mess grammatically, a nightmarish mishmash of inflected nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns, corresponding to four different cases, three different noun genders, moods, voices and constructions, plus any number of exceptions and rules that seem completely arbitrary, and very often are.”


Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson: Iceland’s longest-serving President

Photo Source: premier.gov.ru Author: Stefan Jonasson

On August 1, 2016, a new President of Iceland will be inaugurated and His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson will retire from office after twenty years as Iceland’s head of state. He is the longest-serving president in the history of the republic and some of the voters in the recent presidential election, which was held on June 25, have known no other president in their lifetime.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was inaugurated as President of Iceland on August 1, 1996, after winning that year’s election to replace Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first women in the world ever to be elected as a head of state, who had decided to retire after sixteen years in office. Ólafur Ragnar had claimed 41.4 percent of the vote in a four-way race, beating Pétur Hafstein, Guðrún Agnarsdóttir, and Ástþór Magnusson. All four candidates ran as independents, as is the custom for this office, but Ólafur Ragnar was generally regarded as having been the candidate on the left. He was the fifth person to occupy the office of president, his predecessors having been Sveinn Björnsson (1944-1952), Ásgeir Ásgeirsson (1952-1968), Kristján Eldjárn (1968-1980), and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (1980-1996).


Be Still the Water

An epic Icelandic immigrant saga

  Reviewed by W.D. Valgardson, Victoria, BC

A review:
Be Still the Water
By Karen Emilson
Perpetual Books, 540 pages

Karen Emilson’s new book, a novel called Be Still the Water, is a departure for her. Her previous books, Where Children Run, When Memories Remain and Just a Matter of Time were all non-fiction books.
Be Still the Water is a family saga. Pjetur and Ella Gudmundson have emigrated from Iceland to Canada in 1901. They’ve first lived for five years in the town of Lundi but the novel opens with their move to their own farmstead on Lake Manitoba. Asta, one of their daughters, who is fourteen when the move takes place, relates the story many decades later as an elderly dying woman. Like many elderly people, her memory of the past is clear and precise but her memory of the present is confused and uncertain. Her condition is worsened by having been struck by a car.


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