Calendar

Here’s what’s currently on Kathleen's calendar. She hopes to see you at one of these upcoming programs.

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May 1st, 2015 (Fri) -- May 3rd, 2015 (Sun)
  Malice Domestic Traditional Mystery Conference - Bethesda MD

Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is an annual "fun fan" convention in metropolitan Washington, D.C., saluting the traditional mystery—books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence. The conference is open to the public, but pre-registration is required and there is an admission fee.

As in previous years, Kathleen will be attending this 3-day event. Last year Kathleen's American Girl Caroline mystery, Traitor In The Shipyard, was nominated for Malice's Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Reader book.

May 4th, 2015 (Mon) -- May 7th, 2015 (Thu)
  Traveling

Kathleen will be away during this time, traveling and visiting family. Business inquiries can be directed to Scott, her husband and business partner, who will be manning the home office daily.

Kathleen Ernst, LLC - 7307 Vista Court, Middleton, WI

May 14th, 2015 (Thu)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  American Girl Fans Program - Waunakee Public Library - Waunakee WI

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of the award-winning books about Caroline Abbott, the newest historical character she created for American Girl. Caroline lived 200 years ago on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Kathleen will be talking about the nine books (including the newest, (The Smuggler's Secrets: A Caroline Mystery) she has written about her is for readers age 8 and up.

Kathleen's popular illustrated program is aimed at young readers and their parents, guardians, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and collectors. She will be sharing the stories behind the stories of her nineteen American Girl books, including her original History Mysteries and newer Josfina, Kirsten, Kit and Molly mysteries -- as well as what it was like to write the Caroline books.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, pose for photos with the girls, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). The program starts at 3:30 PM. Girls are invited to bring their dolls -- and there will be a drawing for a free Caroline Abbott American Girl doll!

Waunakee Public Library - (608) 849-7217 - 710 South Street, Waunakee, WI

May 14th, 2015 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Program - Waunakee Public Library - Waunakee WI

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries. This Wisconsin-based series is popular with adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries (i.e., without explicit sex, violence, or gore).

Kathleen will be doing her lively, illustrated program that takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the experiences and places that inspired Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders (named Best Fiction Book of 2011 by the Council of Wisconsin Writers), The Light Keeper’s Legacy (winner of the 2013 Lovey Award from Chicago's Love Is Murder conference), Heritage of Darkness, set at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Tradition of Deceit, set in Milwaukee and Minneapolis, and some 'sneak peek' details about her upcoming release Death On The Prairie.

Kathleen will talk briefly about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced Chloe, how her research into police work helped shape Roelke McKenna, and how she went about researching and writing the latest Chloe mystery.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). This event starts at 7 PM and is free and open to the public.

Waunakee Public Library - (608) 849-7217 - 710 South Street, Waunakee, WI

May 17th, 2015 (Sun)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Sneak Peek Preview - The Next Chloe Ellefson Mystery - Old World Wisconsin WI

In what is now a well-established tradition, Kathleen will return to Eagle WI to hold her very first 'sneak-peek preview' of the next book in her popular Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mysteries series. As in past years, this will be the very first public event at which she unveils details about her next Chloe mystery, Death on the Prairie, (the 6th), which is set for release this October.

After the presentation Kathleen will be giving away door prizes, showing artifacts related to the series (including the hand-carved, hand-painted 'cows heads' ale bowl featured in Old World Murder), answering questions from the audience, and signing books (copies will be available for purchase).

This event starts at 4:00 PM and Kathleen will be signing books afterward. The 'Sneak Peek Preview' is sponsored by the Alice Baker Memorial Library and is free and open to the public.

NOTE: Chloe fans are invited to come earlier in the day to explore locations at Old World Wisconsin (admission fee required) and in the nearby Village of Eagle where scenes in books take place.

Old World Wisconsin - (262) 594-6301 - W372 S9727 Hwy 67, just south of Eagle, WI

May 20th, 2015 (Wed) -- May 21st, 2015 (Thu)
  Traveling

Kathleen will be traveling to Washington Island in preparation for giving public tours of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse on nearby Rock Island, starting Friday, May 22nd. Rock and Washington are the settings of Kathleen's award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Light Keeper's legacy.

NOTE: A house-sitter will be in residence at Kathleen's home; the office will be closed.

May 22nd, 2015 (Fri) -- May 25th, 2015 (Mon)
  Volunteer Docent - Pottawatomie Lighthouse - Rock Island State Park WI

ALERT: Due to recently rescheduled construction at the lighthouse, Kathleen will only be giving tours there on Friday, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day weekend).

At this time it appears the lighthouse and grounds will be closed starting Tuesday, May 26th. Check with the park office for the latest details of when the lighthouse will reopen for tours.

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst will again be serving as a volunteer docent at the historic 1858 Pottawatomie lighthouse overlooking Lake Michigan in Door County WI. The lighthouse, and nearby Washington Island, are the settings for The Light Keeper's legacy, Kathleen's award-winning third Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery book.

Kathleen will now be giving free public tours of the beautifully restored lighthouse (the oldest in Wisconsin) on Memorial Day weekend between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, starting Friday morning, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th.

NOTE: Reaching the lighthouse requires prior planning. From Northport at the northern tip of the Door County penninsula, you take the 30-minute car ferry to Washington Island, drive 20 minutes across the island to Jackson Harbor, take the 15-minute passenger ferry from there to Rock Island, and then walk just over a mile to the lighthouse. Ferry schedules and cost information can be found HERE.

NOTE: A house-sitter will be in residence at Kathleen's home; the office will be closed.

Rock Island State Park - (920) 847-2235

May 26th, 2015 (Tue) -- May 31st, 2015 (Sun)
  Traveling

Kathleen will be unavailable during this time.

May 31st, 2015 (Sun)
  Traveling

Kathleen will be returning home from a week serving as a volunteer docent giving public tours of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island, WI, the setting of her award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Light Keeper's legacy.

NOTE: A house-sitter will be in residence at Kathleen's home; the office will be closed.

Jun 9th, 2015 (Tue)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  American Girl Fans Program - Red Wing Public Library - Red Wing MN

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of the award-winning books about Caroline Abbott, the newest historical character she created for American Girl. Caroline lived 200 years ago on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Kathleen will be talking about the nine books (including the newest, (The Smuggler's Secrets: A Caroline Mystery) she has written about her for readers age 8 and up.

Kathleen's popular illustrated program is aimed at young readers and their parents, guardians, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and collectors. She will be sharing the stories behind the stories of her nineteen American Girl books, including her original History Mysteries and newer Josfina, Kirsten, Kit and Molly mysteries -- as well as what it was like to write the Caroline books.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, pose for photos with the girls, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). The program starts at 3:00 PM Tand is free and open to the public. Girls are invited to bring their dolls -- and there will be a drawing for a free Caroline Abbott American Girl doll!

NOTE: Kathleen will also be doing a program at the library at 5 PM about her popular Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, published by Minneapolis-based Midnight Ink Books.

Red Wing Public Library - (651) 385-3673 - 225 East Ave., Red Wing, MN

Jun 9th, 2015 (Tue)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Program - Red Wing Public Library - Red Wing MN

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries. This Wisconsin-based series is popular with adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries (i.e., without explicit sex, violence, or gore).

Kathleen will be doing her lively, illustrated program that takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the experiences and places that inspired Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders (named Best Fiction Book of 2011 by the Council of Wisconsin Writers), The Light Keeper’s Legacy (winner of the 2013 Lovey Award from Chicago's Love Is Murder conference), Heritage of Darkness, set at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Tradition of Deceit, set in Milwaukee and Minneapolis, and some 'sneak peek' details about her upcoming release Death On The Prairie.

Kathleen will talk briefly about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced Chloe, how her research into police work helped shape Roelke McKenna, and how she went about researching and writing the latest Chloe mystery.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). This event starts at 5 PM and is free and open to the public.

NOTE: Kathleen will also be doing a program starting at 3 PM about her many American Girl books, including the nine books in her Caroline War of 1812 children's historical fiction series.

Red Wing Public Library - (651) 385-3673 - 225 East Ave., Red Wing, MN

Jul 10th, 2015 (Fri)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  Meet American Girl Author Kathleen Ernst - Salina Free Library - Mattydale NY

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of the award-winning books about Caroline Abbott, the historical character she created for American Girl. Caroline lived 200 years ago at Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Kathleen will be talking about the nine books (including the newest, (The Smuggler's Secrets: A Caroline Mystery) she has written about her for readers age 8 and up.

Kathleen's popular illustrated program is aimed at young readers and their parents, guardians, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and collectors. She will be sharing the stories behind the stories of her nineteen American Girl books, including her original History Mysteries and newer Josfina, Kirsten, Kit and Molly mysteries -- as well as what it was like to write the Caroline books.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, pose for photos with the girls, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). The hour-long program starts at 2:30 PM and is free and open to the public (prior registration is requested). Girls are invited to bring their dolls.

NOTE: Kathleen will also be doing a Caroline program at Sackets Harbor on Saturday, July 11th.

Salina Free Library - (315) 454-4524 - 100 Bellmont St., Mattydale, NY

Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Caroline American Girl Fans Program - Sackets Harbor Historic Site - Sackets Harbor NY

Meet bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, author of nine American Girl children's historical fiction and mystery books about Caroline Abbott, the War of 1812 heroine who lived in the lovely Village of Sackets Harbor, New York on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Join Kathleen at 1 PM for a special afternoon of fun filled activities, food, music, and to hear her take about how she created Caroline and the 9 stories she wrote about her. And a “Caroline” doll raffle.

Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited and there is a $25 per person fee. For more information and to register, call the phone number below.

Sackets Harbor State Historic Site - (315) 646-3634 - 504 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY

Jul 16th, 2015 (Thu) -- Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat)
  LauraPalooza - Brookings and DeSmet SD

Kathleen will be attending LauraPalooza 2015, "the only academic conference focused solely on research and presentations about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House series of books." The event is the work of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, "dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of research surrounding Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, the Little House sites, and their legacies."

LauraPolooza - South Dakota State University - Brookings, SD

Jul 31st, 2015 (Fri) -- Aug 2nd, 2015 (Sun)
  Unavailable

Kathleen will not be available during these days.