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From a hobby farm in rural Ontario to the presidential residence of a Nordic nation, Iceland’s Canadian-born First Lady Eliza Reid has lived a truly page-turning life. She was a student studying modern history at Oxford when she met her husband, who was studying for his doctorate. They moved to Iceland in 2003, where he took office as President of Iceland in 2016, and she became the country’s First Lady.

In that capacity, she has been active in promoting gender equality, entrepreneurship and innovation, tourism and sustainability, and of course the country’s writers and rich literary heritage.

Back in Canada for the Taste of Iceland festival, presented by Iceland Naturally, which runs from November 14 to November 17, Eliza will also be hosting a literary event on Thursday, Nov. 14th at Art Square Cafe which will focus on Iceland’s robust storytelling culture.

Be sure to click on the video above for more information, and our full chat with Reid!

Iceland’s First Lady reveals how her Canadian roots help when meeting new people