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Utne Reader founder to speak at Nordic Heritage Museum next week

Posted by Meghan Walker on May 30th, 2012

On Tuesday, June 5, Utne Reader’s founder Eric Utne will be at the Nordic Heritage Museum to discuss his book “Brenda, My Darling,” at 7 p.m.

From the museum:

Fridtjof Nansen, Norway’s greatest explorer, humanitarian and winner of the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize, met the writer Brenda Ueland in New York City in 1929. He was 67 and she was 37. They had a brief love affair and a year long correspondence until his death. Brenda, My Darling presents Nansen’s letters to Ueland, (hers to him are lost), and a sampling of Ueland’s published work and unpublished diaries. Available for the first time, his letters are some of the most passionate, candid and eloquent in the English language. Brenda, My Darling offers profound insight into the lives of two extraordinary individuals.

Utne founded the Utne Reader in 1984, and he and edited and published the magazine for 15 years. He is a member of the executive committee of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and of the advisory boards of Ecotrust and the World Future Council. He is also the step-grandson of Brenda Ueland, “who called him her grandson and said they were ‘closer than kin.’”

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