Part history, part journey into memory and myth, The New Icelanders is a collage of photos and remembrances exploring a singular segment of the North American Icelandic community—a people who, in 1875, left their island of glaciers and volcanoes to settle the farms, cities and towns of the Canadian and American midwest, establishing the Republic of New Iceland on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.
"This is a well-illustrated book with a variety of source documents, poems and articles about one of the more interesting groups to settle in Canada." — Joe Martin, Canada’s History Magazine (formerly The Beaver)
“The New Icelanders is a document, a scrapbook and a treasure.” — Betty Jane Wylie, The Icelandic Canadian
“Arnason is committed to the idea that the vitality of narrative lies in the untold. In his tellings of history and his untellings of fairy tales, he continues to weave his own intricate and vital traps.” — Robert Enright, Border Crossings
David Arnason is an acclaimed ¬≠novelist, writer of short fiction, and editor. A ¬≠finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour (King Jerry) and a winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award (The Imagined City), David has taught at the University of Manitoba since 1972. He has served as both the acting head of the ¬≠Department of ¬≠Icelandic Studies and head of the ¬≠Department of English. Currently, he lives and writes in Gimli, MB.