Eliza Reid, the First Lady of Iceland will be touring the US speaking about her international bestseller, Secrets of the Sprakkar, now available in paperback. The book explores her adopted homeland's attitude toward women—the deep-seated cultural sense of fairness, the influence of current and historical role models, and, crucially, the areas where Iceland still has room for improvement. You'll find all of the tour's events listed below.
Reid's own experience as an immigrant from small-town Canada who never expected to become a first lady is expertly interwoven with interviews with dozens of sprakkar ("extraordinary women") to form the backbone of an illuminating discussion of what it means to move through the world as a woman, and how the rules of society play more of a role in who we view as "equal" than we may understand. Secrets of the Sprakkar is a powerful and atmospheric portrait of a tiny country that could lead the way forward for us all.
"Secrets of the Sprakkar is a fascinating window into what a more gender-equal world could look like, and why it's worth striving for. Iceland is doing a lot to level the playing field: paid parental leave, affordable childcare, and broad support for gender equality as a core value. Reid takes us on an exploration not only around this fascinating island, but also through the triumphs and stumbles of a country as it journeys towards gender equality."
—Hillary Rodham Clinton
Columbia, SC | Secrets of the Sprakkar: An Evening with Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland *SOLD OUT*
6 PM on March 13 at All Good Books. Ticket includes a copy of the paperback book. In conversation with retired South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn and former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives Wendy Brawley.