Giants of the Earth Heritage Center is excited to announce a special Syttende Mai Saturday event with renowned MN author Eric Dregni, in his first in-person event regarding a brand new book “For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son’s Search for Norwegian Happiness.” Dregni will be paired with Decorah author Carol Hagen and award winning rosemåling artist and teacher Betty Dowe at the Spring Grove Cinema. Join them at 9:30am on Saturday, May 15 for Kaffe Stua (coffee break) as they sign and sell their books and merchandise. At 10am, take a seat in the comfortable Spring Grove Cinema for a special “big screen” presentation by Eric Dregni of his travels to Norway, his ties to this area, and other unforgettable stories.

Don’t forget about the grand parade on Saturday at Noon! Artist Betty Dowe and her daughter Marsha will be offering rosemål face and hand painting to get you into the Norsk spirit! Visit the Giants Gift Shop every Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5 to stock up on Norwegian Flag and Viking apparel, various sizes of Norwegian flags, books by our guest authors and others, home decor, baking and hostess supplies, and more. Their staff will outfit you for the best Syttende Mai ever!

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Eric Dregni is the author of twenty books, including Vikings in the Attic, Weird Minnesota, and Let’s Go Fishing! As a Fulbright fellow to Norway, he survived a dinner of rakfisk (fermented fish) thanks to 80-proof aquavit, took the “meat bus” to Sweden for cheap salami with a crowd of knitting pensioners, and compiled his stories in In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream. He wrote about living in Modena, Italy, in Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital. He is professor of English, journalism, and Italian at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in the summer, he is director of the Italian Concordia Language Village, an experience he wrote about in You’re Sending Me Where? He lives in Minneapolis.