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Viking Age in Popular Culture

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

OSU’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’ 2024 Annual Public Lecture will feature author and OSU alumna Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart and The Weaver and the Witch Queen.

From Marvel’s Thor to the hit television series, the Vikings have experienced a significant upsurge in popularity in recent years. But how do modern depictions of the Vikings complement and conflict with one another, and how might early medieval Scandinavians have seen themselves in comparison? National bestselling author Genevieve Gornichec will explore how historical sources have been used to depict the Viking Age and Norse mythology in recent years, and how she approached this in her own novels, The Witch’s Heart and The Weaver and the Witch Queen. 

Genevieve Gornichec earned a BA in history from The Ohio State University, where her study of Norse myths and Icelandic sagas became her writing inspiration. Her debut novel, The Witch’s Heart, was released in 2021 and has been translated into over a dozen languages. Her sophomore novel, The Weaver and the Witch Queenwas released in 2023. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow, with books available for purchase.


April 5
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Ohio State University – Faculty Club
181 Oval Dr S
Columbus, Ohio 43210
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