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Rescheduled Dates June 24 & 25 2011

Jefferson County Library Rodriguez Annex

Christina Sunley


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Friday June 24th

7pm Friday Night at the Movies
Letters Home From Iceland
Through a travelogue, Rick Ray takes us into the wilds of Iceland to see a country that is misunderstood. Not all that icy (Greenland is the icy one). Rick finds humor and insight in a land populated by fisherman-poets, hard drinking artists and lots of lava and geysers.

Saturday June 25th

10:00 am - noon - in the Library Rodriguez Annex
Writer's Workshop
Writing Your Life Stories

You don't have to be a professional "writer" to write your life stories or family history. This workshop teaches easy techniques to get you started.
(Limit 18 - Sign up in the Library)

7pm in the Library Rodriguez Annex
Christina Sunley Presentation

"How I Fell in Love with Iceland"
Christina Sunley grew up hearing stories about her Icelandic relatives and their journey to North America following a devastating volcanic eruption in 1875. In this lively presentation, she will share dramatic photographs of Iceland as she tells about the novel-writing quest that took her deep into the land of her ancestors.

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The Tricking of Freya

High-spirited and precocious Freya is the only child of her late-in-life, widowed mother, who waits until Freya is a coltish seven to finally return to Manitoba, Canada, to visit her mother and her sister, wild and beautiful Birdie. Freya's grandfather was a revered poet, and her family is proud of their Icelandic heritage, especially Birdie, who insists that her niece learn Icelandic and memorize the ancient sagas, a mission that turns disastrous. Freya tells the story of her strange, nearly catastrophic girlhood years later, an act that liberates her from a lonely and smothering life. This wounded daughter of a land of the midnight sun recounts a journey to Iceland as dramatic, dangerous, and mysterious as any ancient epic adventure, and retraces her ardent quest for the truth about a staggering family secret. Steeped in the highly symbolic mythology, complex language, and otherworldly landscape of Iceland, and the little-known story of the nineteenth-century Icelandic diaspora, Sunley's astonishingly accomplished debut is a bewitching tale of volcanic emotions, cultural inheritance, family sorrows, mental illness, and life-altering discoveries.


Christina Sunley biography

Christina Sunley was born in New York City, raised on Long Island, and has lived for the past twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Wesleyan University, got a BFA in Film from New York University, and received her Masters in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She currently works fulltime in the nonprofit sector.

Christina grew up hearing stories about her Icelandic relatives and their journey to North America, following the 1875 volcanic eruption that decimated much of Iceland's farmland. To write The Tricking of Freya, she spent several years researching Icelandic history, mythology, and genealogy, including three trips to Iceland and a stint as writer-in-residence at Klaustrið (The Monastery), a stone farmhouse in a remote area, near where her grandfather had lived.

Christina's short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals. The Tricking of Freya is her first novel.



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Jefferson County Community Read
                        Attention:    Gilbert Chavez                              
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1.  A book for high school age and older that would appeal to a wide range of readers.
2.  Priority for the author to be present.
3.  A book that will foster discussion among residents and bring the community together through the common bond of reading.
4.  A book that would offer opportunities for additional special events.
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The mission of the Jefferson County Community Read program is to provide a forum for bringing our community together through a common book with activities that encourage the full participation of our multicultural community. This is done to promote reading, to foster literacy, to help our residents have a growing understanding of our cultural diversity, and to encourage dialogue among our community members. 

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