Lilly Setterdahl has lived in East Moline for 45 years writing articles, and books, but also traveling to other states and to her native Sweden to give lectures (where she is also published). She has 16 nonfiction books behind her, as well three historical fiction novels, and one contemporary novel. Her 20th book, published this year by Nordstjernan, New York, is an immigration novel with inspirational contents entitled Katrin Almost American.
Lilly’s nonfiction books feature Swedes in America and their accomplishments. Two of her historical novels and one nonfiction book are based on the Titanic disaster. Through the years, Lilly has received many awards for her research and writing. In 2003, she was recognized with a special Proclamation from the City of Moline for her work, Swedes in Moline, Illinois.