Acclaimed Gimli author assumes reins at Iceland Valgardson recently took over the editorship coach outlet locations 3 f of Lgberg Heimskringla, Canada's oldest ethnic periodical dating back to 1886.
He succeeds Caelum Vatnsdal who has left after two years to resume his primary profession of filmmaking. "I've always wanted to work for a newspaper," he said in an interview. "I applied for a reporter's position at the Winnipeg Free Press when I was 22, but there was a two year waiting list. I had to move on to other things." He went off to the University of Iowa where he added a Master of Fine Arts to his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. After teaching in public schools, he settled down for a long term career as a professor of creative writing at the University of Victoria. "I retired from the university five years ago," says Valgardson who is glad to be working again. "I shouldn't have retired because I've found it is a fraud. I don't play golf and I have no hobbies except gardening." His prodigious literary accomplishments over the years have brought him to public attention more often than his teaching. His first two collections of short stories Bloodflowers and God is Not a Fish Inspector focussed on the Icelandic communities he knew as a boy. Bloodflowers was published a second time in the Best American Short Stories of 1973 while his 1980 book Gentle Sinners won the Canadian First Novel Award. It also caused controversy when it was dropped from the curriculum at Winnipeg's Fort Richmond Collegiate after a few parents objected to his story about a boy who renounces his parents' fundamentalist religion. Valgardson received the Ethel Wilson Fiction prize for his 1992 novel Girl with the Botticelli Face. As well, he has written several children's books, including Thor (1994) and Sarah and the People of Sand River (1996). "I coach sneakers outlet was working on two books for adults when I agreed to accept the editorship," Valgardson said. "They are on hold for now." He will edit Winnipeg based Lgberg electronically from Victoria where he is in the process of moving from a house to a condo. But periodic trips will bring him to Winnipeg for two weeks for the paper's bi weekly production cycle. "I've rented a Gimli apartment so that I'll have a place to stay in Manitoba," said the newly minted newspaperman who is currently bringing himself coach outlet locations 91602 up to speed on the intricacies of computer editing and publishing. He has fond memories of Lgberg coach outlet membership which published his early work before he broke into such major publications as Readers Digest and the now defunct Weekend Magazine. He said the Icelandic paper strengthens the ties between individual North American Icelandic communities and between these communities and Iceland. "The paper keeps Icelandic people together," he said. "Without it, they would be a series of isolated groups." He said that when wearing his new editor's hat, he is following the age old principle that a newspaper must inform, educate and entertain. "I want to do all three," said Valgardson who already has two issues under his belt. While Lgberg had a successful fundraising campaign not too long ago, it has been hit hard in the past year by the financial collapse in Iceland. Because of the crash, the paper lost grants from Iceland's government, major advertising revenue from an Icelandic financial institution and the bulk of its 300 subscribers. "We are not in jeopardy but we need operating funds," Valgardson said.
"We're working hard to find advertisers plus a letter in a coming issue will appeal for subscriptions and donations. I'm a real tightwad and my job will be to scrutinize budgets and use money carefully.".
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