Join All She Wrote Books at the Somerville Theater on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM for a live author talk with First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid on her new book Secrets of the Sprakkar. The author will discuss her love letter to her adopted homeland, offering a window into a society that sees the benefits of gender equality and how people everywhere can work towards achieving it.
About Secrets of the Sprakkar:
Through her own unconventional story and those of other sprakkar (Icelandic for extraordinary and outstanding women), Reid explores the unique combination of policy, people, and history that has resulted in Iceland topping the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index for the past 12 years. Studies show increased equality leads to a happier, longer living, and more economically prosperous society for all its citizens. From parenting to politics, sexuality to sports, Reid examines what has led to this level of equality in Iceland and shares insights on how we can all help to level the playing field in our day-to-day lives.
About the Author:
Eliza Reid is a journalist, editor, and cofounder of the annual Iceland Writers Retreat. Eliza grew up on a hobby farm near Ottawa, Canada, and moved to Iceland in 2003, five years after meeting the man who later became her husband, Gudni Th. Jóhannesson. When he took office as President of Iceland on August 1, 2016, Eliza became the country’s first lady. In that capacity, she has been active in promoting gender equality, entrepreneurship and innovation, tourism and sustainability, as well as the country’s writers and rich literary heritage.
Reid will be joined in conversation with Ann Hood, the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, and The Knitting Circle, and the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. Her most recent books are the memoirs Fly Girl: A Memoir and Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City.
After the author talk, there will be a short Q&A session followed by a book signing with Eliza.