Happy Hour Book Group: “The End of Drum-Time”

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting five book discussions in May. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email ktorresdal@decorahlibrary.org to be added to any of the groups’ email distribution lists. Funds for multiple copy sets were generously provided by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. Wed. May 8 at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Hanna Pylväinen’s “The End of Drum-Time.” It’s 1851 at the edge of the arctic circle. The church outpost that Lutheran minister Lars Levi mans is a rugged, sparsely populated one, and the Sámi reindeer herders he’s been sent to minister to are skeptical of the Christian values he preaches. But when Biettar, one of the most respected herders, has a religious awakening, more and more of the Sámi people become ready to let their long-held traditions and beliefs give way. Biettar’s new commitment to Lars and his teachings means that Biettar’s son, Ivvár, is left to tend the family’s reindeer herd alone, an increasingly impossible task. Meanwhile, Lars’s daughter, Willa, has always been the picture of obedience, until a chance encounter with Ivvár leads to an infatuation that gradually becomes something more. When a catastrophic illness threatens the life of her young brother, everything she’s ever believed is called into question.

For more information, contact Tricia Crary (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.

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May 08 2024


5:15 pm


Pulpit Rock Brewery


Kristin Torresdal
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