The Canadian Ethnic Journalists’ and Writers’ Club has selected Steinþór Guðbjartsson, the editor and president of Lögberg-Heimskringla in Winnipeg in Canada, to receive its highest award for ethnic writing in Canada.
Founded in 1886, Lögberg-Heimskringla, an Icelandic weekly, is the oldest ethnic periodical still in publication Canada.
“This is the first time Lögberg-Heimskringla receives an award for ethnic writing,” said Steinþór in an interview with Morgunblaðið. “Until now, it has gone to large publications Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun og Winnipeg Free Press, now we have joined their league, at least in this respect”, said Steinþór.
Supporters of Lögberg-Heimskringla are currently organizing a fundraiser for the publication. Led by Dr. Kenneth Thorlakson , its aim is to raise 1,5 million Canadian dollars. The Icelandic government has already pledged funds to copy Lögberg-Heimskringla since inception onto electronic form.
The award will be conferred in a ceremony on June 24 in Toronto.