The Friends of the Decorah Public Library have announced their April 24 annual meeting will feature award-winning Wisconsin author and historian Kathleen Ernst.

The public is invited to come to the second floor of the library for conversation and light refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and Ernst’s presentation at 7 p.m.

Ernst’s topic for the evening will be “Wisconsin Pioneers: A Settler’s Year – Pioneer Life Through the Seasons.” Her award-winning non-fiction book, “A Settler’s Year,” (Wisconsin Historical Society Press) provides a rare glimpse into the lives of early Wisconsin immigrants.

Ernst will elaborate upon the challenges and triumphs of rural life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Using excerpts from original letters, diaries, and newspapers, she describes the back-straining chores, cherished folk traditions, and annual celebrations of the state’s European and Yankee pioneers.

Ernst writes for the American Girl series for young adults; the latest release, “Gunpowder and Tea Cakes,” is her first Felicity book, 20th American Girl book, and her 35th published book overall.

She also writes the Chloe Ellefson mystery series, one of which is set in Decorah. These mysteries for adults feature Chloe, a curator at Old World Wisconsin. The 8th book in this series will be released soon.

Call Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 to learn more about the program or about becoming a Friends of Decorah Public Library member.