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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Apr 4th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  American Girl Fans Program - Bramble Bookstore - Viroqua WI

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

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). This free, public program starts at 1:00 PM. Girls are invited to bring their dolls, and enter to win door prizes.

NOTE: Starting at 3 PM Kathleen will be doing a program at the bookstore about her award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series for adults. (see details below).

Bramble Bookstore - (608) 631-8717 - 213 South Main St., Viroqua, WI

Apr 4th, 2015 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Program - Bramble Bookstore - Viroqua 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 five (sson to be six) 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, and the upcoming Death on the Prairie.

Kathleen will talk briefly about how her years at the Old World Wisconsin state historic site influenced Chloe, how her research into police work helped shape office Roelke McKenna, and how she went about researching and writing the latest Chloe mystery, which is set in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

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 3 PM and is free and open to the public.

NOTE: Starting at 1 PM Kathleen will be doing a program at the bookstore about her award-winning Caroline Abbott American Girl series for ages 8 and up (see details above).

Bramble Bookstore - (608) 631-8717 - 213 South Main St., Viroqua, WI

Apr 11th, 2015 (Sat)
11:00 AM
  American Girl Fans Program - Mukwonago Community Library - Mukwonago 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 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 11:00 AM. Girls are invited to bring their dolls -- and there will be a drawing for a free Caroline Abbott American Girl doll!

Mukwonago Community Library - (262) 363-6411 - 511 Division St., Mukwonago WI

Apr 11th, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Program - Mukwonago Community Library - Mukwonago 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 2 PM and is free and open to the public.

Mukwonago Community Library - (262) 363-6411 - 511 Division St., Mukwonago WI

Apr 15th, 2015 (Wed)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Killer Women Panel - Monona Public Library - Monona WI

Why are killer women stories so interesting? Do killer women have traits in common? Does their popularity have anything to do with undercurrents or characteristics of our culture?

On Wednesday, April 15th, the Monona Public Library will be hosting an hour-long panel discussion to address these questions, and those of attendees. In addition to Kathleen, the panel will include authors Beth Amos, Christine DeSmet, Lori Rader-Day and T.E. Woods as well as Joanne Berg, owner of the Mystery to Me bookstore.

This National Library Week event for adults starts at 6:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

Monona Public Library - (608) 222-6127 - 5211 Schluter Rd., Monona, WI

Apr 20th, 2015 (Mon)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  American Girl Fans Program - Fox Cities Book Festival - Menasha 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 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 starts at 4:30 PM. Girls are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

Elisha D. Smith Public Library - (920) 967-3690 - 440 First Street, Menasha, WI

Apr 20th, 2015 (Mon)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Fans Program - Fox Cities Book Festival - Little Chute 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 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, and her next Chloe mystery, 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 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public.

Gerard H. Van Hoof Library - (920) 788-7825 - 625 Grand Avenue, Little Chute, WI

Apr 27th, 2015 (Mon) -- Apr 30th, 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 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 30th, 2015 (Sat)
  Volunteer Docent - Pottawatomie Lighthouse - Rock Island State Park WI

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 be giving free public tours of the beautifully restored lighthouse (the oldest in Wisconsin) between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, starting Friday, May 22nd through Saturday, May 30th.

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 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