Good news from Norway

Kjære lesere,

This morning when I woke up shortly after 6 a.m., I went downstairs to start the coffee, pack lunches, and check my email. It seemed like a normal day, until I opened an email titled “Congratulations.” It was from my Norwegian publisher, Alexander Elguren with Pantagruel. Pantagruel is the first and only publisher to have released THE SNOW CHILD so far. SNØBARNET arrived in bookstores in Norway last month. Here’s what this morning’s email said:

“The great news today is that SNØBARNET entered the fiction bestseller lists at 10th place (out of 15 reported places)!”

I couldn’t contain my excitement. I shouted for my husband and oldest daughter to come quick, I had big news. As I read the email out loud, I felt my voice quaver. This was beyond my wildest dreams. But as thrilling as it was, it was Alexander Elguren’s next words that moved me the most.

“Even more than the numbers, I am overwhelmed by gratitude and joy to see how SNØBARNET seem to have become a favorite of the booksellers & bookbloggers in Norway! They – the many dedicated readers and enthusiasts working in the booksellers around the country – are rooting for SNØBARNET.”

I am so grateful for, and humbled by, this support for my book on the other side of the world. As I’ve followed the various Norwegian blogs and reviews, again and again I have been touched by how warmly they’ve welcomed my SNØBARNET to their country.

I told my husband and daughter that I couldn’t wait to write this letter to you, but I was afraid I wouldn’t even know what to say. Grace, who recently read The Wizard of Oz with me, provided a quote from the movie. As the Lion said, “Awww. Shucks, folks, I’m speechless.”




22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lily
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 08:18:22


  2. Shereen
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 08:19:59


  3. Mr. Baer
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 09:17:19

    OUTSTANDING! YOU GOTTA BE PUMPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Suzie Althens
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 09:19:20

    Oh, how wonderful! Thanks for sharing your good news. Can’t wait to read it myself. Those Norwegians like to be first, don’t they? (my maiden name is Biornstad, so I can say that!)

    • Eowyn Ivey
      Oct 10, 2011 @ 05:12:54

      Thank you Suzie! By the way, I’ve been meaning to tell you that I’ve so enjoyed seeing your art work and photographs on your blog ( — beautiful!!

  5. Tom Raffensperger
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 09:26:45

    Number 3 at this major bookseller… Look out!

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  7. Sue Mathis
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 10:12:31

    How wonderful!!!! What a way to start your day! I have to admit though, I’m not surprised. The Snow Child is a great read!

  8. twomomswhohikeinalaska
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 11:51:33

    Congratulations!!! That is amazing news! 🙂

  9. Christy Thomas
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 12:56:23

    So excited for you! Fabulous news! Congratulations!

  10. Melissa Behnke
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 13:13:23

    Whoohoo!!! That is so great!

  11. Debbi Affinito
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 15:08:08

    Congratulations on your continuing success. That is such exciting news!

  12. Stephanie
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 15:08:34

    How do you say congrats in Norwegian!!

  13. Lola Walter
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 03:50:50

    Wow! And for a first-time author?! Savor the moment, Eowyn. You’ve earned it.

  14. Betty Rachel
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 10:36:08

    You need to stop being so successful that it brings tears of joy to by eyes for you. Well only kidding – about the stop part – keep being successful as I know you will!

  15. Eowyn Ivey
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 16:59:30

    Thank you all for your congratulations and well wishes!

  16. Tone
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 04:00:16

    Congatulations! I’m not surprised, I read your book some weeks ago and I absolutely LOVED it! It’s good to see that my fellow norwegians also are embracing it now that it has been available for sale for a few weeks! 😀

    Stephanie: Gratulerer! 🙂

    • Eowyn Ivey
      Oct 10, 2011 @ 05:09:54

      Thank you so much Stephanie — and thank you for your kind review on your blog. I understand from my publisher that Norway’s book bloggers like yourself have done so much to help get the word out about my novel. Thank you for that as well 🙂

  17. Stella Lyn
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 10:29:44

    I wish I was in Norway so I could read it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Rebecca Berto
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:43:09

    Hi all. Because I know all of you are excited about Eowyn’s debut novel ‘The Snow Child’ as much as I am, I thought I’d share some EXCITING news about her and her novel!

    I’m going to be INTERVIEWING Eowyn soon, so I’ve just created a post called “Upcoming: author interview with Eowyn Ivey (the Snow Child) and “Art of Writing” sessions”.

    Please drop by for more on her, the interview and ‘The Snow Child’ (including where to pre-order your copy RIGHT NOW).

    And if you want to learn more about the “Art of Writing”, I’m holding a series of special sessions very soon too, so I need your input for those.

    Thanks 🙂

  19. bergsvein
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 06:39:27

    Dear Eowyn, – we like your Snow Child.

    My partner, Randi, got Snøbarnet for Christmas, I got a cold, lucky as we both were. She Read Snøbarnet to me, every single page, over the last few days. Made some breaks to wonder about this and that, we lived ourselves into the story, discussed details of events, to the extent you would have laughed at us, I believe.

    We had just about enough time to feed our 25 huskies, my slight cold (really bad) was the convenient excuse for digging into your book rather than training dogs.

    Thank you for giving us this wonderful story, and good luck with your writings and your lives in Alaska.
    Randi and Bergsvein – Dreamers of Norway.

    • Eowyn Ivey
      Jan 09, 2012 @ 08:28:38

      Dear Bergsvein, Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so pleased you two read and enjoyed the book. And your life sounds much like Alaska — 25 huskies! Very best wishes to both of you.

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