Some nice media coverage for the Melissa Gjellstad’s and Danielle Skjelver’s recent transition of K. J. Skarstein’s the War with the Sioux from the Pierce County Tribune this week.
Also be sure to catch them next week on Prairie Public Radio’s Main Street!
And here’s a snippet:
Danielle Skjelver, a UND alumna and history instructor, said she found the book in 2007 while perusing Norwegian books.
“At the time, my Norwegian was such that I had to do the heavy lifting of translation for any meaningful comprehension. So I figured if I’m going to translate it for myself, why not translate it for everyone?” Skjelver said.
Skjelver then approached Melissa Gjellstad, an associate professor of Norwegian, about collaborating on translating the book.
“Skarstein’s angle and approach to retelling this story were compelling to me as a reader, and I wanted others to be able to access Skarstein’s skillful portrayal of the events of 1862-63 and the Norwegian voices he brings to the fore,” Gjellstad said. “As our conversation evolved, we [Skjelver and Gjellstad] decided that we would do it together as a joint project. Our skill sets and background expertise in Scandinavian studies and American history were well matched, and the work was fun and enlightening.”