'Birkebeiner' signing postponed
Camden — Local author Jeff Foltz will not sign his novel "Birkebeiner: A Story of Motherhood and War" (Maine Authors Publishing) Friday afternoon, June 29 at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop as originally planned, due to the shop's re-location from Washington Street to Bay View Street.
Winner of The New England Book Festival’s 2011 honorable mention award for fiction, "Birkebeiner" is set in the 13th century and tells an epic account of daring escape and true bravery as a Norwegian queen escapes her homeland on cross-country skis in a race to save her son's life. Her weary and desperate group travel for days, through treacherous winter valleys and over a 7,000-foot snow-blown mountain, while hotly pursued by the enemy intent on killing the child.
Many modern cross-country skiing marathons commemorate this famous flight; the word “birkebeiner” means “birch leg” in Norwegian, which the American Birkebeiner borrowed for its Nordic marathon. Cross-country skiers compete in a race distancing 52 kilometers (32 miles). Foltz has participated in the North American Birkebeiner six times, where his inspiration and research for the novel began. He lives in Camden.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or email@example.com.