Zoom webinar, live Q&A with author Marit Kapla

In collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of Sweden, the Scandinavian Department presents a live hybrid discussion of Marit Kapla’s lecture.

Register for online participation here: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/94676885005?pwd=aGhzNm1QTkJNNWVQV05aY3hNRTViUT09

As preparation for the event, Marit Kapla has recorded a reading of and discussion on her work here:

Near the river Klarälven, snug in the dense forest landscape of northern Värmland, lies the secluded village of Osebol. It is a quiet place: one where relationships take root over decades, and where the bustle of city life is replaced by the sound of wind in the trees.

In this extraordinary and engrossing book, an unexpected cultural phenomenon in its native Sweden, the stories of Osebol’s residents are brought to life in their own words. Over the last half-century, the automation of the lumber industry and the steady relocations to the cities have seen the village’s adult population fall to roughly forty. But still, life goes on; heirlooms are passed from hand to hand, and memories from mouth to mouth, while new arrivals come from near and far.

Marit Kapla has interviewed nearly every villager between the ages of 18 and 92, recording their stories verbatim. What emerges is at once a familiar chronicle of great social metamorphosis, told from the inside, and a beautifully microcosmic portrait of a place and its people. To read Osebolis to lose oneself in its gentle rhythms of simple language and open space, and to emerge feeling like one has really grown to know the inhabitants of this varied community, nestled among the trees in a changing world.

Selected extracts from the book can be obtained under fair use from Dr. Andreas Önnerfors, organizer of the event: aonnerfors@berkeley.edu

Marit Kapla grew up in Osebol in the 1970s. She has since served as a Creative Director for the Gothenburg Film Festival, and until 2020 Swedish cultural magazine Ord & Bild. For Osebol, her first book, she was awarded Sweden’s prestigious August Prize in 2019.
See also https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/320/320490/osebol/9780241535202.html