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ONLINE: Virtual Book Talk: Meet the Author with Long Litt Woon

5 September, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

book cover for "The Way through the Woods"Meet the Author at the National Nordic Museum is back with a new season of fascinating Nordic books and authors! They start off the fall schedule with The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning by Long Litt Woon.

Long Litt Woon met Eiolf a month after arriving in Norway from Malaysia as an exchange student. They fell in love, married, and settled into domestic bliss. Then Eiolf’s unexpected death at fifty-four left Woon struggling to imagine a life without the man who had been her partner and anchor for thirty-two years. Adrift in grief, she signed up for a beginner’s course on mushrooming—a course the two of them had planned to take together—and found, to her surprise, that the pursuit of mushrooms rekindled her zest for life.

The Way Through the Woods tells the story of parallel journeys: an inner one, through the landscape of mourning, and an outer one, into the fascinating realm of mushrooms—resilient, adaptable, and essential to nature’s cycle of death and rebirth. From idyllic Norwegian forests and urban flower beds to the sandy beaches of Corsica and New York’s Central Park, Woon uncovers an abundance of surprises often hidden in plain sight: salmon-pink Bloody Milk Caps, which ooze red liquid when cut; delectable morels, prized for their earthy yet delicate flavor; and bioluminescent mushrooms that light up the forest at night.

Along the way, she discovers the warm fellowship of other mushroom obsessives, and finds that giving her full attention to the natural world transforms her, opening a way for her to survive Eiolf’s death, to see herself anew, and to reengage with life.

Cost: Free for Members; $5 general admission | Register here

About the series: 
Meet the Author is an intimate series of virtual book talks that introduces you to some of the best Nordic authors. With a wide range of topics and authors lined up, this is a series you don’t want to miss. Each talk is moderated by Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma and includes an opportunity to ask questions to the authors.

headshot for Long Litt WoonAbout the author:
Long Litt Woon (born in 1958 in Malaysia) is an anthropologist and Norwegian Mycological Assocation-certified mushroom expert. She first visited Norway as a young exchange student. There she met and married Norwegian Eiolf Olsen. She currently lives in Oslo. Following the Chinese naming tradition, the author’s surname is Long and Litt Woon is her first name.


5 September, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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National Nordic Museum
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