The Friends of the Decorah Public Library have announced their April 23 annual meeting will feature local authors David and Rachel Faldet.
The public is invited to come to the second floor of the library for conversation and light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by a brief business meeting and the Faldets’ presentation.
Rachel and David Faldet will talk about writing for a Decorah audience. Rachel is known locally for her “Royal Watcher” pieces, written for Decorah Newspapers. David has written pieces for Decorah Newspapers as well, focusing on Northeast Iowa in the nineteenth century.
Their talk will focus on three elements in good writing: collaboration, a grounded local angle, and detail. Using examples from Rachel's “Royal Watcher” columns and David's environmental writing they will talk about how they get work to the page, and what makes writing worth reading.
Rachel's essays have been published in Seventeen, the Christian Science Monitor, Carolina Quarterly, Wapsipinicon Almanac, and Ruminate. She is the co-editor of Our Stories of Miscarriage, which led to two appearances on NBC's Today. She helped develop and edit From My Perspective: Essays About Disability, a book authored by people affiliated with The Spectrum Network, a Decorah-based organization that helps people with disabilities with work and training, daily living tasks, and day activities.
David is author of Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People, various academic articles, and occasional poetry.
David and Rachel are both professors in the English department at Luther College and have led student study abroad programs in the United Kingdom and France.
Call Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 to learn more about the program or about becoming a Friends of the Decorah Public Library member.