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Author Talk with Elizabeth Birkelund, Author of A Northern Light in Provence

Submitted by elmstreetbooks on Thu, 04/18/2024 - 2:07pm


Join us on Thursday, May 23rd at ROSIE New Canaan at 6PM for an author talk and signing with Elizabeth Birkelund, author of A Northern Light in Provence - in conversation with Roxana Robinson, author of Leaving.

Registration is suggested but not required. 


A woman leaves her coastal Greenland village to translate the works of a renowned Provençal poet and finds her life irrevocably changed, in this tender and romantic novel set in a French village.

“A charming and beautifully written novel about self-discovery, the power of language, and yes, love!”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Ilse Erlund is a translator who lives in a house on stilts along the west coast of Greenland. Isolated and restless in her world by the sea, she convinces her publisher to pay for a trip to the country she has never visited but whose language she speaks fluently: France. Her mission is to translate the verses of Geoffrey “Po” Labaye, a charismatic poet known as “the last living troubadour of Provence.”

Upon arrival in the medieval hilltop village of Belle Rivière, Ilse falls under the spell of the Provençal way of life, captivated by the air, the sun, the vibrant spring colors, and the dulcet sounds of the dialect. Soon enough, Ilse is captivated by the poet, too, and she and Po develop a daily rhythm and warm camaraderie—which is disrupted by the arrival of the poet’s son, Frey. Though he has a fiancée back in Paris, Frey turns his attentions to Ilse, and suddenly she is forced to learn another language, one her translation skills have not prepared her to decode. Where—and with whom—does her future lie?

With an eye and ear attuned to the sensibilities of French life, Elizabeth Birkelund has created a love story about a woman forced to choose between the security of her quiet northern home and the possibility of the life of her dreams.

About the Author

Elizabeth Birkelund is the author of two previous novels, The Runaway Wife and The Dressmaker. She started her career in the editorial department of European Travel and Life magazine, then turned to freelance writing as a monthly personal finance columnist for Cosmopolitan. She has written for numerous national publications, including Glamour, Self, Working Woman, and Victoria. You may follow her work and travels on Instagram and Facebook.







Roxana Robinson is the author of eleven books—seven novels, three collections of short stories, and the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Four of these were chosen as New York Times Notable Books, two as New York Times Editors’ Choices.



Event date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
ROSIE New Canaan
27 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
A Northern Light in Provence: A Novel By Elizabeth Birkelund Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593722213
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2024

Leaving: A Novel By Roxana Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324065388
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 13th, 2024