Sept. 29: Library Associates' Fall Author Event Presents Eric Dregni

Event Details


Date: September 28, 2011

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall

Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $6.00; Library Associates members $4.00; children and Augustana students are free.

The Augustana Library Associates' Fall Author Event will feature author Eric Dregni, assistant professor of English and journalism at Concordia University-St. Paul. Dregni has written and co-written a number of books on various recreational activities and aspects of Minnesotan, Norwegian and Italian culture. He also serves as dean of Lago del Bosco, the Italian Language Village at Concordia Language Villages. Dregni has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in Italian from the University of Minnesota, as well as a B.A. in music from Macalester College in St. Paul. He has spent more than five years in Italy and a year in Norway.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Kresge Recital Hall.

A Fulbright fellowship in creative writing made it possible for Dregni and his wife to live in Trondheim, Norway for a year and resulted in his book In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream (2008). Now in Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America (2011), Dregni considers what it means to grow up Scandinavian-American or to live with the Norwegians, Swedes, Finns, Danes, and Icelanders among us. He "tracks down and explores the significant — and quite often bizarre — historic sites, tales, and traditions of Scandinavia’s peculiar colony in the Midwest." You can read a sample of his work, "Eric Dregni: Swedish egg coffee and 'traitorous' gossip," on the University of Minnesota Press blog and catch a first-hand account of Dregni's experiences in Italy as published in the StarTribune, "La Dolce Vespa."

As a support group for the Mikkelsen Library, the Augustana Library Associates strengthen the financial base of the library to promote the expansion of library holdings and services and to enhance opportunities for academic excellence. Additionally, the Library Associates provide a program of cultural events and continuing education for the benefit of members, the College and the community.


Augustana College Library Associates
Mikkelsen Library
Phone: 605.274.4921