Saturday, May 4, 2PM
As a part of Taste of Iceland and Children's Book Week, Wild Rumpus welcomes celebrated Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason! His newest book for young people, The Casket of Time, is a fantastical tale of time travel and environmental calamity. It is the winner of the Icelandic Literary Award and has been nominated for the Nordic Council Children's Book Award.
Andri is the author of novels for both adults and young people, as well as plays, poetry, short stories, and essays. He is the only author to have won the Icelandic Literary Award in all of those categories. His work has been published or performed in over thirty-five countries.
Preorder your book here! If you would like your book personally inscribed and signed by Andri Snær Magnason, just indicate to whom you would like it inscribed in the customer notes when you order, or call the bookstore to place your order at 612-920-5005. If you are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book anytime after May 4th.
An entrancing adventure story for today’s troubled planet, The Casket of Time is a fantastical tale of time travel and environmental calamity from celebrated Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason.
Teenage Sigrun is sick of all the apocalyptic news about the “situation” and, worse, her parents’ obsession with it. Sigrun’s family—along with everyone else—decides to hibernate in their TimeBoxes®, hoping for someone else to fix the world’s problems . But when Sigrun’s TimeBox® opens too early, she discovers an abandoned city overrun by wilderness and joins a band of kids who are helping a researcher named Grace solve the “situation.”
The world, according to Grace, is under an ancient curse. There once was a princess named Obsidiana, who was trapped in time by the greedy king of Pangea. To protect Obsidiana from dark and gloomy days, the king put her in a crystal casket made of spider silk woven so tightly that time itself couldn’t penetrate. The king’s greed for power doomed his kingdom and the trapped princess. Sigrun sees eerie parallels between the tale of Obsidiana and the present-day crisis, and realizes it’s up to her and her friends to break the ancient curse and fix the world.