Author Carl Nordgren


Carl Nordgren was born in Greenville, Mississippi where his great grandmother’s house was across the street from the childhood home of author Walker Percy. Carl has worked as a fishing guide on the English River in Northwestern Ontario and on the White River in the Arkansas Ozarks, as a bartender, a foundry man, and an entrepreneur. He lived with his family in Ireland for a year where he researched the IRA, and he currently teaches courses in Creativity to undergraduate students at Duke University. His first book, Welcome to the Creative Populist Revolution, was written to help us all grow our creative capacity and develop our entrepreneurial instincts. He graduated from Knox College and lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Marie where they have raised three daughters.




AnungCover-webAnung's Journey

Release Date: October 2014 

Perfect for intermediate readers, or to be read aloud.

This ancient Ojibway legend predates contact with European settlers, but the drummer boy and the people he meets at the end of his journey couldn’t be more familiar to modern culture.

When the orphaned Anung sets out on his vision quest, he sees clearly that his purpose in life is to find the greatest chief of all and tell him of the many acts of kindness the mothers and fathers of the village have given to Anung. When the people of his village learn of the vision, they are proud of him. For every man of the village loves Anung as his son. Every woman is his mother. They believe Gitche Manitou, the great creator, has chosen their son for a special journey.

In his quest to find the greatest chief, Anung travels through the 13 tribes of the First Nations, across forests, plains, water, and desert. Along the way, he is accompanied by Turtle, the interpreter of all languages. He finds friends in the most unlikely of places––a squirrel’s nest, a mother bear’s den, and a city filled with people from every tribe. At each stop, Anung and his drum sing of his mothers and fathers and his quest to meet the greatest chief.

What Anung finds at the end of his journey will both surprise and thrill readers of all ages. This ancient legend, told in the beautifully poetic style of Carl Nordgren, begs to be read aloud and savored.

Praise for Anung's Journey

"[Nordgren's] storytelling is compelling and rich in images.
A fascinating look at the melding of North American cultures."
Kirkus Reviews

“This is an excellent book.
Carl did a masterful job of telling an Elder’s account of Anung’s journey.”
–Shirley Sorrels, Director, Museum of Ojibwa Culture

"This story gently proffers a message of not only cooperation but also harmony with nature…
The surprising ending ties together Eastern and Western legends to reveal the unity of all people,
despite cultural, physical, or geographical differences."
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The 53rd Parallel, Book 1 in the River of Lakes series

FiftyThirdParallel-FrontCover-webA River of Lakes Novel


Release Date: May 2014

In his evocative debut novel Carl Nordgren weaves an ambitious tale about the power of dreams, the hope of new beginnings, and the dangers of ghosts who haunt our past.

In The 53rd Parallel, book one of the River of Lakes series, Brian Burke emigrates from 1950s West Ireland to the wilderness of Northwest Ontario with his partner Maureen O’Toole. He’s been exiled from his village, and she is running from her IRA past.

The dreams of an Ojibway clan elder bring the Irish to the sacred place on the River, where they build The Great Lodge of Innish Cove. The dreams tell of a white man who will destroy the River and another who will protect it. While the Ojibway believe Brian and Maureen are the River’s guardians, Maureen’s IRA connections and the construction of a pulp mill upstream threaten to destroy the newly created Eden before it even begins.

Under the watchful eye of a warrior spirit, the clan and their Irish companions risk all they love to protect the River and the promises it holds for their future. The fates of the two groups will intertwine as both seek to ward off the encroachment of the modern world.

Praise for The 53rd Parallel

"A most lyrical and poetically imagined novel... to be savored."
–Mallory Heart Reviews

"Carl Nordgren weaves a tapestry of brilliantly compelling characters into an overall story arc that spans through peaceful and turbulent times, across continents."
–Mark Bowles, Goodreads Review

"I was hooked from the opening lines... Lyrical and touching, The 53rd Parallel brings together two very different cultures, both looking to preserve a sacred way of life."
–Looking For a Good Book


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