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Virtual Book Talk: Meet the Author - The White Bathing Hut with Thorvald Steen

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Sat, Jan 22, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am PST

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This is a virtual event

Meet the Author is an intimate series of virtual book talks that introduces you to some of the best Nordic authors, moderated by Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma. 

Join us on January 22 as we discuss The White Bathing Hut, a unique story of a family coming to grips with carrying a serious hereditary illness and a history of denial, concealment, and shame. It is an essential book from a leading literary voice in Norway. A phone call from an unknown cousin unravels a family secret. After a life spent in a wheelchair, the long-lost cousin could hold the key to his illness and history shared with a family kept hidden. Why did his mother keep silent about the existence of his uncle, his cousin, and even the name of his grandfather? It is just before advent, and his mother is old. Will it be possible to go on living without reconciliation and understanding? The novel brings the reader to consider fundamental questions of honesty and human worth.

The White Bathing Hut was acclaimed as the publication of the year by several critics, and successfully adapted for the theatre in 2020.

To view the full trailer for Per Maning's documentary about the author, The Art of Whistling: A Portrait of Thorvald Steen, click here.

Meet the Author is an intimate series of virtual book talks that introduces you to some of the best Nordic authors, moderated by Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma. 

Join us on January 22 as we discuss The White Bathing Hut, a unique story of a family coming to grips with carrying a serious hereditary illness and a history of denial, concealment, and shame. It is an essential book from a leading literary voice in Norway. A phone call from an unknown cousin unravels a family secret. After a life spent in a wheelchair, the long-lost cousin could hold the key to his illness and history shared with a family kept hidden. Why did his mother keep silent about the existence of his uncle, his cousin, and even the name of his grandfather? It is just before advent, and his mother is old. Will it be possible to go on living without reconciliation and understanding? The novel brings the reader to consider fundamental questions of honesty and human worth.

The White Bathing Hut was acclaimed as the publication of the year by several critics, and successfully adapted for the theatre in 2020.

To view the full trailer for Per Maning's documentary about the author, The Art of Whistling: A Portrait of Thorvald Steen, click here.

About the Author

Thorvald Steen's literary career begun in 1983, he has since produced a diverse body of work spanning a variety of genres. Translated into 30 languages so far, Steen has received praise and prizes for the quality of his authorship.

Photo credit: Trine Hisdal

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About the Author

Thorvald Steen's literary career begun in 1983, he has since produced a diverse body of work spanning a variety of genres. Translated into 30 languages so far, Steen has received praise and prizes for the quality of his authorship.

Photo credit: Trine Hisdal

About the Moderator

Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma is the founder and Editorial Director of DeNoma Literary Services, providing editorial, translation, and publishing consulting services, with deep expertise in international literature. She's worked at University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Microsoft, Websters Multimedia International Publishing, and most recently at Amazon Crossing as a Senior Editor acquiring and editing global literature for translation into English. 

Elizabeth regularly leads panels at publishing industry events such as the London Book Fair, BookExpo, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). Prior to joining Amazon Crossing, Elizabeth completed her Ph.D. in Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Washington (Seattle).

Elizabeth sits on the Board of Directors at Richard Hugo House and on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington's Translation Center.  

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About the Moderator

Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma is the founder and Editorial Director of DeNoma Literary Services, providing editorial, translation, and publishing consulting services, with deep expertise in international literature. She's worked at University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Microsoft, Websters Multimedia International Publishing, and most recently at Amazon Crossing as a Senior Editor acquiring and editing global literature for translation into English. 

Elizabeth regularly leads panels at publishing industry events such as the London Book Fair, BookExpo, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). Prior to joining Amazon Crossing, Elizabeth completed her Ph.D. in Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Washington (Seattle).

Elizabeth sits on the Board of Directors at Richard Hugo House and on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington's Translation Center.  

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