Reading Circle

The Reading Circle meets every other month, six times a year. We discuss fiction and non-fiction books by Norwegian or Norwegian-American writers. Everyone is welcome.

Please email Christine Meloni at to confirm or for more information. Everyone is welcome. 

Meetings are 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., at the Norway House (directions) unless otherwise specified. It is important to RSVP to Christine Meloni at if you plan to attend, as the meeting place may vary or inclement weather may cause cancellation or postponement.   

April 2018 Meeting - The Ice Palace

We will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018.

The Ice Palace by the great Norwegian writer Tarjei Vesaas is the Reading Circle’s April selection. Everyone is welcome to join us at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 24. The location will probably be Norway House in Fairfax but, if you plan to a end, please RSVP Christine Meloni at for confirmation.

Vesaas is widely considered to be the most outstanding Norwegian writer of the 20th century. He wrote more than 25 novels as well as books of poetry, plays, and short stories. He received the Nordic Council Prize, Scandinavia’s most prestigious literary award, for this novel, considered his masterpiece. It is the story of two 11-year-old girls, Unn and Siss, who become friends.

Unn dies while going o alone to explore an ice palace and Siss must come to grips with her loss.

2018 Book Selections
  • Tuesday, February 20 – Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø
  • Tuesday, April 24 – The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
  • Tuesday, June 19– The Wife (Book II of Kristin Lavransdatter) by Sigrid Undset
  • Tuesday, August 21 – The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidal Sundstøl
  • Tuesday, October 23 – Broken by Karin Fossum
  • Tuesday, December 11 – Unseen by Roy Jacobsen

View summaries of the 2018 book selections

Cultural Skills Program

Many of the members of the Reading Circle are working for their pins in Norwegian Literature. You can work on the Cultural Skills Program even if you cannot attend the discussions. Contact Christine Meloni for more information at