Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What a great day!!!

One week from today, Tuesday, January 20th, will be a great day indeed! In the morning, you can watch the official inauguration of our 44th president -- the first African-American president in our history. In the evening, you can come to Broadway Books to hear what I'm willing to guess will be another first for you: A reading from a novel about a Danish dwarf living in 18th Century Russia. It's just a guess. Maybe you're an ardent devotee of books about Danish dwarves in 18th Century Russia. But, regardless, it's sure to be an exciting evening. Peter H. Fogtdal, author of The Tsar's Dwarf (recently translated by Tiina Nunnally and published by local Hawthorne Books), splits his time between Copenhagen and Portland, where he teaches at PSU. He was born in Copenhagen and has a degree in playwriting from Cal State Fullerton. He is the author of twelve books in Danish; this is his first to be translated into English. In the novel, Sorine, a saucy, sarcastic dwarf, is given to Russian Tsar Peter the Great by the King of Denmark, and she is taken to St. Petersburg against her will to serve as a jester in his court. This bawdy and deeply human tale is masterfully rendered and brilliantly translated. We hope you'll come join us for this entertaining evening -- and we'll all be in great moods! Well start the evening festivities at 7 pm -- come early to get a good seat.

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