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

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Feb 11th, 2017 (Sat)
  Author Presentation - Chicago Sons of Norway Torske Klub - Des Plaines IL

Founded in 1960, the Chicago Sons of Norway Torske Klub (Cod Club) is comosed of men of Norwegian heritage who have a deep interest in Norway and Norwegian-American history and relationships. The club has invited Kathleen to speak about her popular, award-winning, adult mystery series featuring Norwegian-American museum curator Chloe Ellefson.

Attendance is limited to club members and their invited guests.

Feb 16th, 2017 (Thu)
  Release Date - New American Girl Mystery Book

Today is the official release date for Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity. This is Kathleen's first Felicity, 20th American Girl, and 35th published book.

Feb 19th, 2017 (Sun) -- Feb 24th, 2017 (Fri)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe #9 - Undisclosed Location

Kathleen will be away during this time, busy starting the 9th book in her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, due out in fall 2018. Business inquiries can be directed to Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernst"), her husband and business partner, who will be manning the home office daily.

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

Feb 25th, 2017 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  Author Writing Workshop - Start Your Novel Sure and Strong - Door County WI

Eighty percent of people want to write a book, but many of those who dream of writing a novel aren't sure how to begin. That's why Kathleen is excited about leading this writing workshop for aspiring novelists. In this workshop attendees will contemplate elements of fiction to consider before starting a novel: compelling characters, point-of-view, narrative distance, setting, plot structure, creating scenes and chapters, and whether or not to outline.

Write On, Door County is sponsoring this half-day workshop, which will be held from 9 AM to Noon on Saturday February 25th. For location and registration details, click HERE.
 
Write On, Door County - (920) 868-1457 - Juddville, WI
Mar 14th, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - A Memory of Muskets - Rock County Civil War Roundtable - Beloit WI

This evening Kathleen will be speaking about researching and writing A Memory of Muskets, the seventh and newest book in her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. Set in Wisconsin in the 1860's and 1983, the book includes the experiences of newly arrived German immigrants during the American Civil War, and the murder of a modern Civil War reenactor who belongs to a unit that portrays the German 9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. 

After her program Kathleen will be answering audience questions, giving away door prizes, and signing copies of her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). The one-hour program begins at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 17th.

Beloit Historical Society - (608) 756-2590 - 845 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI

Mar 21st, 2017 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 7:30 AM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Sons of Norway Gronnvik Lodge - Green Bay 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 the seven books in the series, includng 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 Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum), Tradition of Deceit, Death On The Prairie, and her newest, A Memory of Muskets

Kathleen will talk briefly about how her years working at Old World Wisconsin influenced the character of museum curator Chloe Ellefson (a Wisconsin-born Norwegian-American), how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, officer Roelke McKenna, and how she goes about researching and writing the Chloe mysteries.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for sale). This hour-long event starts at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 21st and is free and open to the public.

Sons of Norway Gronnvik Lodge - (920) 435-4263 - 330 South Broadway, Green Bay, WI

Apr 8th, 2017 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Oregon Public Library - Oregon WI

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of the award-winning books about Caroline Abbott, the historical character she created for American Girl, and her newest American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, (to be released February 16, 2017).

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 twenty 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 books for American Girl.

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 will be held on Saturday, April 8th, from 1-2 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Girls are invited to bring their dolls.

NOTE: Kathleen will remain at the library to present her one-hour Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

Oregon Public Library - (608) 835-6268 - Senior Center, 219 Park Street, Oregon, WI

Apr 8th, 2017 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Program - Oregon Public Library - Oregon 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).

From 3-4 PM, Saturday, April 8th, Kathleen will be doing her lively, illustrated program that takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the experiences and places that inspired the now seven books in the series, includng 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, Tradition of Deceit, Death On The Prairie, and her seventh and newest, A Memory of Muskets. Each of these books has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Larry Meiller Show.

Kathleen will talk briefly about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced the character of museum curator Chloe Ellefson, how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, officer Roelke McKenna, and how she researches and writes the Chloe mysteries.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase—cash, checks, or credit cards accepted. This event is free and open to the public.

NOTE: From 1-2 PM Kathleen will be at the library presenting her American Girl Fans program for young readers (see event listing above).

Oregon Public Library - (608) 835-6268 - Senior Center, 219 Park Street, Oregon, WI

Apr 24th, 2017 (Mon)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Friends of the Decorah Public Library - Decorah IA

Details of Kathleen's program for the Friends of the Decorah Public Library Annual Meeting will be announced later.

Decorah Public Library - (563) 382-3717 - 202 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA