Nancy Marie Brown

Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly-praised books of nonfiction, including "The Abacus and the Cross" and "The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman." She has studied Icelandic literature and culture since 1978. Formerly the editor of the award-winning magazine "Research/Penn State," Brown lives in Vermont, where she keeps four Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog. She blogs at