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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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Mar 14th, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - A Memory of Muskets - Rock County Civil War Roundtable - Beloit WI

American Civil War Union Army reenactors firing muskets at Old World Wisconsin in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of John Wedeward.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).

This one-hour program begins at 7 PM, Tuesday, March 17th.

Rock County Historical Society - (608) 756-2590 - 426 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI

Mar 21st, 2017 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Sons of Norway Gronnvik Lodge - Green Bay WI

Sons of Norway Green Bay Wisconsin Lodge logo.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 - Trinity Church, 330 S. Broadway, Green Bay, WI

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

Logo of the Oregon Wisconsin Public Library.

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of 20 American Girl books. These include her award-winning stories about Caroline Abbott, the War of 1812 historical character she created for American Girl.

Kathleen will also be talking about her newest American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, and well as about the Josefina, Kirsten, Kit and Molly mysteries she has written.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, pose for photos with the girls, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

This hour-long program starts at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 8th. and is free and open to the public. Girls are invited to bring their dolls.

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
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series - Oregon Public Library - Oregon WI

Oregon Wisconsin Public Library logo.

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's lively, richly-illustrated program will take readers 'behind the scenes' to reveal the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the soon-to-be eight books in the series.

Kathleen will also talk about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced the character of museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) 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). 

This hour-long program starts at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 8th, and is free and open to the public.

Kathleen will also be at the library presenting her one hour 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 Annual Meetig - Decorah IA

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

Her program begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 24th.

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

Apr 25th, 2017 (Tue)
  Release Date - Audiobook of Old World Murder: Chloe Ellefson Mystery #1 - Tantor Media

Partial front book cover of Old World Murder: Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mystery #1 written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst.An audiobook version of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder, is set for release today. Narrated by Elise Arsenault, a classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist, this 12-hour unabridged work is published by Tantor Media, a subsidiary of Recorded Books. 

Old World Murder has been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales for 280 days (Nielsen BookScan.) It is available in audiobook CD and MP3 CD, trade paperback, and ebook formats from independent bookstores as well as from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and others.

Audio versions of the second and third Chloe Ellefson mysteries will be released in May and June 2017.

May 9th, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Civilians in the Antietam Campaign - Sharpsburg Public Library, Sharpsburg MD

Photo of the Sharpsburg Maryland Public Library.Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst will be presenting her richly illustrated program about the experiences of civilians before, during and after the 1862 Civil War Battle of Antietam—"the bloodiest day in American History.

Kathleen's program is based on her non-fiction history book, Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign, which earned her a coveted invitation from the Antietam National Battlefield to speak at the battle's 150th anniversary ceremonies.

There is a reception at 6:30 PM. Kathleen's one-hour program begins at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 9th, and is free and open to the public.

Kathleen will be visiting the local elementary school earlier in the day.

Sharpsburg Public Library - (301) 432-8825 - 106 East Main Street, Sharpsburg, MD 

May 23rd, 2017 (Tue)
  Release Date - Audiobook of The Heirloom Murders: Chloe Ellefson Mystery #2 - Tantor Media

Partial front book cover of The Heirloom Murders: Chloe Ellefson Mystery #2, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst.An audiobook of the second Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Heirloom Murders, is set for release today. Narrated by Elise Arsenault, a classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist, this 13-hour unabridged work is published by Tantor Media, a subsidiary of Recorded Books. 

The Heirloom Murders has been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales for 165 days (Nielsen BookScan.) It is available in audiobook CD and MP3 CD, trade paperback, and ebook formats from independent bookstores as well as from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and others.

Audio versions of the first and third Chloe Ellefson mysteries will be released in April and June 2017.