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Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir launches new book at WSO event
The Icelanders are coming to the WSO. On Friday, February 3, at the Grand Finale of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival, the work of two of Iceland’s leading composers, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Atli Heimir Sveinsson will be presented. Featured will be the North American premiere of Jóhannsson’s Second Symphony.

Lögberg-Heimskringla will be hosting all of the events surrounding the Icelandic components of the Festival. Prior to the concert, at 6:40 p.m., Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir’s newest book, Recesses of the Mind: Aesthetics in the Work of Guðbergur Bergsson will be launched and Guðbergur will also be in attendance at the event.

Bergsson is not widely known outside of Iceland. Born in Grindavík, he studied at the University of Iceland and the University of Barcelona. Dr. Birna’s book is a literary study of the aesthetics of life and literature in Bergsson’s novels, poetry and children’s literature. It is an investigation of Bergsson’s ideas of beauty, love, and belief as shown through the minds of the characters in his books.

Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir is the chair and acting head of the Department of Icelandic Language and Literature at the University of Manitoba.
To have both author and subject of the book in attendance will make the event a very exciting experience. Birna will read from her book, and Guðbergur will read from his book of poetry, Flatey-Freyr, appearing in English translation for the first time.

Lögberg-Heimskringla is proudly sponsoring the reception for this gala, as well. It will feature vínarterta, rúllupylsa and brown bread, hangikjöt, kleinur, pönnukökur and other Icelandic food. We expect a large response from our subscribers and people of Icelandic heritage. We will be handing out specially prepared promotional material including copies of the January 15 edition of L-H to those attending the gala.
For tickets or more information, please call Audrey Kwasnica at
(204) 927-5645 or look for Lögberg-Heimskringla on Facebook or on the web at

Keep your eyes open for an event with the musicians in Gimli as well, date to be announced.

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