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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 9th, 2016 (Tue)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Author Program - A Settler's Year - Madison Senior Center - Madison WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on a picturesque illustrated journey through the seasonal exeriences that shaped the lives of early Wisconsin settlers. It's a trip Ernst that navigates well -- as both a former curator at Old World Wisconsin and as author of the Society Press's new Old World photo history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons -- her thirty-second published book!

Kathleen is also the author of the award-winning Old World Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. After her program Kathleen will be answering audience questions and signing copies of her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

This presentation is part of the center's Meet the Authors Series, and is free and open to the public.

City of Madison Senior Center - (608) 266-6581 - 330 West Mifflin Street, Madison, WI

Feb 13th, 2016 (Sat)
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Madison Torske Klubben - Madison WI
 
Founded in 1978, the Madison Torske Klubben (Cod Club) is a luncheon club composed 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 Wisconsin-based, award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series at the club's annual "Ladies Day" event. Attendance is limited to club members and their invited guests.
 
Feb 16th, 2016 (Tue)
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
  Author Program - A Settler's Year - Wisconsin Historical Society Museum - Madison WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on a picturesque illustrated journey through the seasonal exeriences that shaped the lives of early Wisconsin settlers. It's a trip Ernst that navigates well -- as both a former curator at Old World Wisconsin and as author of the Society Press's new Old World photo history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons -- her thirty-second published book!

Kathleen is also the author of the award-winning Old World Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. After her program Kathleen will be answering audience questions and signing copies of her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

This presentation is part of the Wisconsin Historical Society's "History Sandwiched In" series, and is open to the public (a $3 donation to the museum is suggested).

Wisconsin Historical Museum - (608) 264-6555 - 30 North Carroll St., Madison, WI

Feb 20th, 2016 (Sat) -- Feb 26th, 2016 (Fri)
  Writing Retreat - Door County WI

Kathleen will be away during this time, busy writing. 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

Feb 27th, 2016 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Peninsula Music Festival - Scandinavian Music and Chloe Ellefson Readings - Ellison Bay WI

On Saturday afternoon, February 27th, the Door County Peninsula Music Festival will hold the final performance of its 2016 Feb Fest: a concert of Scandinavian music, the selection of which has been inspired by the Chloe Ellefson Mystery novels of Kathleen Ernst.

The performance features the works of Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Franz Berwald, and Jean Sibelius performed by Janet Sutter (violin), Karen Nelson (violin and viola), Lori Meyer (cello), and Judith Jackson (piano). Kathleen will read excerpts from her six Chloe mysteries, including The Light Keeper's Legacy, the award-winning novel that is set in Door County. Afterwards Kathleen will sign copies of her books.

The concert runs from 2 to 5 PM and will be held at the Sheppard of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and children, and can be purchased online by clicking HERE. Questions about the concert can be directed to (920) 854-4060 or musicfestival@musicfestival.com.

Sheppard of the Bay Lutheran Church - 11836 Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 

Feb 28th, 2016 (Sun)
  Writing Retreat - Door County WI

Kathleen will be away today, busy writing. Business inquiries can be directed to Scott, her husband and business partner, who will be manning the home office.

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

Feb 29th, 2016 (Mon)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Author Workshop - Writing Your Family Stories Your Way With Kathleen Ernst - Sister Bay WI

Do you cherish family stories? Do you want to preserve them, but aren’t sure where to begin? This workshop will touch on several options, including poetry, memoir, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Participants will enjoy a variety of short writing activities designed to help capture memories or explore what interests them most about their unique family, ethnic group, or community heritage.

Kathleen will be leading this workshop from 1-4 PM, Monday, February 29th. It is sponsored by Write On Door County, and will be held at the public library in Sister Bay, WI. Attendance is limited to 16 people. To sign-up, contact the library.

Sister Bay Library - (920) 854-2721 - 2323 Mill Road, Sister Bay, WI

Mar 5th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  Author Program - American Girl: From Ideas to Book - Public Library - Reedsburg WI

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 on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Kathleen will be talking about the nine Caroline books (including the newest, The Smuggler's Secrets: A Caroline Mystery) she has written 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 is free and open to the public. It will run from 10-11 AM on Saturday, March 5th. Girls are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

NOTE: From 1-2 PM Kathleen will be at the library doing a program for adults called A Settler's Year about the experiences of the pioneers who settled in Wisconsin in the 1800s (see description listed below).

Reedsburg Public Library - (608) 768-7323 - 370 Vine St., Reedsburg, WI

Mar 5th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Author Program - A Settler's Year - Public Library - Reedsburg WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on a picturesque illustrated journey through the seasonal exeriences that shaped the lives of early Wisconsin settlers. It's a trip Ernst that navigates well -- as both a former curator at Old World Wisconsin and as author of the Society Press's new Old World photo history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons -- her thirty-second published book!

Kathleen is also the author of the award-winning, Old World Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

Kathleen's program will run from 1-2 PM on Saturday, March 5th. Afterwards she will be answering audience questions, giving away door prizes, and signing copies of her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). The program is free and open to the public.

NOTE: From 10 to 11 AM Kathleen will be at the library doing a children's writing program, American Girl: From Idea to Book (see description above).

Reedsburg Public Library - (608) 768-7323 - 370 Vine St., Reedsburg, WI

Mar 11th, 2016 (Fri) -- Mar 13th, 2016 (Sun)
  Author Workshop - Exploring Your Heritage: A Writing Sampler Weekend - Decorah IA

Do you cherish family stories, and want to preserve them? Have you always wanted to try creative writing, or to take your writing to a deeper level? Are you curious about your ancestors—known or unknown—and looking to discover more? This workshop will introduce participants to several types of writing, including poetry, memoir, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Students will enjoy a variety of short writing activities designed to help capture memories or explore what interests them most about their unique family, ethnic group, or community heritage. Inspired by Vesterheim’s rich collections, or whatever personal memories or heirlooms they wish to explore, you will leave with drafts of several poems, character sketches, essays, or short stories.

Kathleen will be leading this 3-day workshop from Friday, March 11th to Sunday the 13th. It is sponsored by and will be held at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA. Attendance is limited and there is a fee. For registration information, click HERE.

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - (563) 382-9681 X215 - 502 W. Water St., Decorah, IA

Mar 15th, 2016 (Tue) -- Mar 20th, 2016 (Sun)
  Research Trip for Future Book - Undisclosed Location

Kathleen will be away these days, busy doing research for an upcoming book. Business inquiries can be directed to Scott, her husband and business partner, who will be manning the home office.

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

Apr 2nd, 2016 (Sat) -- Apr 3rd, 2016 (Sun)
  Nalbinders Gathering - Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - Decorah IA

Kathleen will be away during this time attending a gathering of people interested in the folk art of Nalbinding (aka Viking knitting), the oldest known form of knitting. 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

Apr 5th, 2016 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Author Program - A Settler's Year - Matheson Memorial Library - Elkhorn WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on a picturesque illustrated journey through the seasonal exeriences that shaped the lives of early Wisconsin settlers. It's a trip Ernst that navigates well -- as both a former curator at Old World Wisconsin and as author of the Society Press's new Old World photo history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons -- her thirty-second published book!

Kathleen is also the author of the award-winning Old World Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

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). This presentation begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 5th, at the public library in Elkhorn, and is free and open to the public.

Matheson Memorial Library - (262) 723-2678 - 101 North Wisconsin St, Elkhorn, WI

Apr 12th, 2016 (Tue)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Community Library - Beaver Dam WI

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 4:00 PM on Uesday, April 12th. The program is free and open to the public. Girls are invited to bring their dolls.

NOTE: From 7-8 PM Kathleen will be at the library doing a program for adults called A Settler's Year about the experiences of the pioneers who settled in Wisconsin in the 1800s (see description listed below).

Beaver Dam Community Library - (920) 219-4400 - 311 North Spring St., Beaver Dam, WI

Apr 12th, 2016 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - A Settler's Year - Public Library - Beaver Dam WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on a picturesque illustrated journey through the seasonal exeriences that shaped the lives of early Wisconsin settlers. It's a trip Ernst that navigates well -- as both a former curator at Old World Wisconsin and as author of the Society Press's new Old World photo history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons -- her thirty-second published book!

Kathleen is also the author of the award-winning, Old World Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

Kathleen's program will run from 7-8 PM on Tuesday, April 12th. Afterwards she will be answering audience questions, giving away door prizes, and signing copies of her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). The program is free and open to the public.

NOTE: From 4-5 PM Kathleen will be at the library doing a children's program for American Girl Fans (see description above).

Beaver Dam Community Library - (920) 219-4400 - 311 North Spring St., Beaver Dam, WI

Apr 15th, 2016 (Fri) -- Apr 17th, 2016 (Sun)
  Reunion - Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - Decorah, IA

Kathleen will be away this weekend, attending a reunion of the travel group that she visited Norway with last year. Business inquiries can be directed to Scott, her husband and business partner.

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

Apr 22nd, 2016 (Fri) -- Apr 28th, 2016 (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

Apr 29th, 2016 (Fri) -- May 1st, 2016 (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.

Two years Kathleen's American Girl Caroline mystery, Traitor In The Shipyard, was nominated for Malice's Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Reader book.