Upcoming Events

A Nearly Normal FamilyJanuary 19, 2021
Swedish Reading Club: A Nearly Normal Family (En helt vanlig familj)
by M.T. Edvardsson
7 PM

Our meeting will be held online using the videoconferencing app Zoom. For more information, including the link to join the meeting, please email info@sahswm.org.

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from a respectable local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?

Told in an unusual three-part structure, this gripping, domestic drama pushes a family to its limits. The father, a pastor, believes his daughter can only be innocent, despite mounting evidence. The mother, a defense attorney, believes no one is telling the truth. And the daughter, desperate for her dreams of the future, believes no one understands how far she is willing to go.

“A compulsively readable tour de force.” (Wall Street Journal)

You can buy the book online at Schuler’s, or at a discount in the store.


January 20, 2021
Nordic Table Demo (presented by the American Swedish Institute): Learn how to make kroppkakor
7:30 PM Easterm Time

Dumplings are common across many cultures, but few are as imposing as the Swedish versions: whether klimpkroppkakor or palt, Swedish potato dumplings are not for the faint of heart. Patrice Johnson will lighten up the foreboding kroppkakor to suite modern tastes, preparing students to tackle this hearty winter meal on their own.

Register here for this virtual demo, which is available to members and non-members of ASI.


January 28, 2021
Virtual Book Talk (presented by the American Swedish Institute): Marcus Samuelsson
7 PM Eastern Time

Acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson will discuss his newest book, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, with former Minneapolis Star Tribune Taste Editor Lee Dean.

Register here for this virtual book talk, which is available to members and non-members of ASI.


February 13, 2021
Nordic Table Demo (presented by the American Swedish Institute): Learn how to make semlor
4 PM Eastern Time

semlorSemlor are cardamom-infused, almond paste-filled, and whipped cream-topped treats originally indulged only on Fat Tuesday, before the Lenten fast until Easter. These days, Swedes eat semlor in many forms, from New Years until Easter. In this one-hour class, Erin Swenson-Klatt will share a recipe that even novice bakers can tackle at home, along with lots of baking tips and some history and cultural context for these classic baked goods. After watching this one-hour demo, students will be prepared to tackle semlor on their own at home, any time!

Register here for this virtual demo, which is available to members and non-members of ASI.


To Cook a BearApril 20, 2021
Swedish Reading Club: To Cook a Bear (Koka björn)
by Mikael Niemi
7 PM

Our meeting will be held online using the videoconferencing app Zoom. For more information, including the link to join the meeting, please email info@sahswm.org.

A fantastic tale set in the far north of Sweden in 1852 following a runaway Sami boy and his mentor, the famous pastor Laestadius, as they investigate a murder in their village along with the mysteries of life.

“There is much more to this wonderfully idiosyncratic novel from Sweden; it is not only a riveting, psychologically astute mystery but also a work of history, natural history (the pastor is a gifted botanist), and religion… superb. It is not to be missed.”
Booklist (starred review)

You can buy the book online at Schuler’s, or at a discount in the store.