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Douglas County Library to host Scandinavian Holiday music and authors in December

Ross Sutter and Art Bjorngjeld will invite the audience to sing along as they perform Norwegian and Swedish Christmas songs.

Ross Sutter holds a guitary and Art Bjorngjeld holds an accordian. The duo will sing Christmas songs and tunes from Sweden and Norway at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria.
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ALEXANDRIA — The Douglas County Library has announced two events in December — an afternoon of Scandinavian Christmas songs and a visit by two Minnesota authors.

The first program, Ross Sutter and Art Bjorngjeld: Scandinavian Holiday Cheer, is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

Ross Sutter and Art Bjorngjeld will invite the audience to sing along as they perform Norwegian and Swedish Christmas songs. Veterans of hundreds of shows in the Midwest, across the country, and in Scandinavia, the pair sprinkles their performance with jokes and stories. They play a variety of instruments, including accordion, guitar and dulcimer.

Sutter has appeared on stage at the Guthrie Theater and Ross at the Minnesota History Theatre in the Twin Cities. This past fall they were featured performers at Norsk Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota, the Malung Scandinavian Festival, and the Nordic Music Fest in Victoria, Minnesota.

If there are children in the Douglas County Library audience, there will be an opportunity to do some traditional Christmas song games as well. 

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On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m., authors Jess Lourey and Sarah Stonich will give a one-hour, interactive presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Their presentation will cover the trials and tribulations of publishing in a pandemic; writing rituals, and the small triumphs of writers' lives.

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Jessica Lourey

Lourey, a retired college writing professor who taught in both Alexandria and St. Cloud, won the 2022 International Thriller Writers Award. Her St. Cloud-based novel, "The Quarry Girls," released Nov. 1.

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Sarah Stonich
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Stonich penned "The Laurentian Divide," winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for novel and short story. She also recently completed a library tour of the Arrowhead with Lorna Landvik.

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