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Book about Norwegian traditions in the making

A Norwegian in America has started a fundraiser to realize her book project about Norwegian traditions and superstitions.


Kari Grøtte Boisvert has launched a fundraiser campaign on Kicstarter to get the funds she needs to realize a book about Norwegian traditions. After the first 24 hours, four backers had donated a total of 100 dollars out of the pledged goal of 5800 dollars.

The author is born and raised in Oslo, but moved to California on the west coast of USA more than 15 years ago. Since she was 16, she has been digging through times, working on genealogy about her family. During her research she has come across interesting and entertaining anecdotes, traditions and superstitions which she decided to translate from Norwegian to English, and put together in a pamphlet format in 2003.

With the pamphlet, she has travelled to speak about the subjects in the pamphlet, but now she thinks it’s time to upgrade the pamphlet to a large scale book.

“The intended end-product for this project is a professional looking, well written book where the readers can discover how Norwegians lives were influenced by traditions and superstitions” she writes on the project’s Kickstarter page.

If the project reaches the goal of 5800 dollars, the author hopes to finish the book within the next six to nine months. By that time she plans to go back to her sources to verify information, work with copyrights and of course do proof reading and work on the layout.

You can get a glimpse of the content on the book’s webpage. Christmas celebration with trees and sheaves and Christmas baths are all there in addition to mid summer celebrations and other traditions.

There’s still almost one month left to pledge to this project.

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