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Norwegian Author & Journalist Åsne Seierstad

  • American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55407 United States (map)

Meet internationally best-selling journalist and writer Åsne Seierstad, the acclaimed Norwegian journalist whose The Bookseller of Kabul was an international best-seller in the early 2000s, and whose most recent book, One of Us, was selected by the New York Times as one of their top ten of 2015.

Seierstad will be discussing her brand new book Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad. In this riveting new work of literary reportage, Seierstad tells the story of two teenage Somali-Norwegian sisters who, in late 2013, left their family behind in Norway to join the Islamic State in Syria. Seierstad traces the sisters' journey, but she also tells their parents' story, as they attempt to bring the girls home and then struggle to accept that they may be gone forever.

She will be joined in conversation by Fred de Sam Lazaro, executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project at the University of St. Thomas and a correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Fred has reported from 68 countries, focused primarily on issues related to poverty that are under-reported in mainstream U.S. media.

Books will be available for purchase. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of Norway’s pre-eminent writers of nonfiction!

$5 per person | Norway House or ASI member discounts do not apply.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event.

2600 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis

This event is produced by Rain Taxi and co-sponsored by Norway House & American Swedish Institute. 

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