Nordström was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1954 and was educated at the University of Stockholm until 1974, before moving to Portland and attending Portland State University to pursue a bachelor of arts in English. He then moved to Uppsala, Sweden, where he received his Ph.D. in American literature, and in 1988 he settled with his family on a small vineyard in Beavercreek, Oregon.
For many years, Nordström worked as technical translator in the high tech industry, but now divides his time between growing wine grapes and writing and translating literature, as well as giving talks on various Swedish-American subjects. Nordström’s previous book, Swedish Oregon was published by the Oregon Press in 2008, and has won several awards, including the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation Niskanen Award. His new book is coming out soon.
“Lars Nordström is presently the leading expert on the Swedes in the Northwest: both those who settled there during the era of the Great Migration and those who have come after, down to the present, from a very different Sweden to a very different America,” said H. Arnold Barton, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University. His study is based on extensive research, while as an immigrant from Sweden himself, he has a particularly sensitive understanding of the personal dimensions of the migration experience, which he eloquently conveys in lucid prose.”
Nordström’s books will be available at the lecture, and visitors will enjoy a short talk on Scandinavian migration and topics covered in the books, in addition to a Q&A with the author.
CB History Center is located at the corner of Spruce and Sunset,. 503.436.9301/cbhistory.org.