Lending Library


About our library

The bookshelves at Norway House are now filled with literature featuring Nordic, Nordic-American, and Minnesotan authors. The Lending Library is consistent with our mission to connect the United States to contemporary Norway - in this case, through engaging literature.

We thank our book contributors for making this offering possible: Graywolf Press, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and our Norway House programming staff.

Premier American publisher of Nordic writing and translation.  Visit their website .

Premier American publisher of Nordic writing and translation. Visit their website.

Featured reads

We will announce Lending Library featured reads throughout the year. Norway House staff will lead discussions related to each of our featured reads. Monthly reading discussions are free to attend, with the Norway House Kaffebar open for food and beverage purchases. Please make sure to bring your own copy of the book. To find a copy of the book, check out our Lending Library prior by stopping in or calling/emailing in advance. Otherwise, please feel free to check out Hennepin County Library or our friends at Ingebretsen’s.

We are delighted to share this literature with you!

september "Bokprat" (Book Chat)

Join Norway House staff member, Rachael Barnes, as she kicks-off the first book discussion of Norway House’s Lending Library (Utlån Bibliotek) with “The Laughing Policeman” by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.

  • Thursday, September 12…..6pm-7pm

  • Sunday, September 15…….11am-12pm

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The Laughing Policeman

The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series… finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer.

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer…

Courtesy of Max Stevenson


October "Bokprat" (Book Chat)

Join Norway House staff member, Max Stevenson, as he leads a discussion on another Nordic crime-fiction novel, “Before I Burn” by Gaute Heivoll.

  • Thursday, October 10…..6pm-7pm

  • Sunday, October 20…….11am-12pm

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Before I Burn

In 1970s Norway, an arsonist targets a small town for one long, terrifying month. One by one, buildings go up in flames. Suspicion spreads among the neighbors as they wonder if one of their own is responsible. But as the the heat and panic rise, new life finds a way to emerge…

Based on a true account of Norway’s most dramatic arson case…

Courtesy of Graywolf Press

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Norwegian Folktales

Long a treasure in Norway, the folk tales collected by Peter Christian Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe have been acclaimed for their richness of humor, fullness of life, and depth of understanding since they first appeared in translation more than a hundred years ago…

Courtesy of Kari Tauring