Here’s what’s currently on Kathleen's calendar. She hopes to see you at one of these upcoming programs.
You can sort Kathleen's events by clicking on the categories to the right.
|American Girl||Chloe Ellefson||US Civil War|
|Oct 4th, 2016 (Tue)||
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
|Launch Party - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #7 - Mystery To Me Bookstore - Madison WI
Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst as she celebrates the release of A Memory of Muskets, the seventh and newest book in her popular, Wisconsin-based, award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.
Kathleen will be greeting Chloe fans, talking about the new book, and autographing copies from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4th. As in previous years, there will be door prizes and a delicious book-themed dessert.
This will be the very first opportunity in the Madison area to acquire a signed copy of this book.
The event is sponsored by Mystery To Me, Madison's premier mystery bookstore, which will have all seven Chloe mysteries available for purchase.
Come party with Kathleen as she celebrates the release of her thirty-fourth published book!
Mystery To Me Bookstore - (608) 283-9332 - 1863 Monroe St., Madison, WI
|Oct 6th, 2016 (Thu)||
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
|Author Signing - Heartland Fall Forum - Minneapolis MN
The Heartland Fall Forum is a regional trade show attended by some 350 independent bookstores located in the Greater Midwest US area.
Kathleen will be signing copies of A Memory of Muskets, her seventh Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 6th, in the booth of Minneapolis-based publisher Midnight Ink Books.
Attendence at the Heartland Fall Forum is open to authors, wholesalers, distributors, sidelines vendors, librarians, teachers, media, book bloggers, and others who are current members of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) or the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). Prior registration is required.
Heartland Fall Forum - (612) 208-6279 - The Depot, 225 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
|Oct 8th, 2016 (Sat)|
|Scheduled Publication Date - A Memory of Muskets - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #7
Starting today the book will be available in trade paperback -- already in its second printing -- and multiple ebook formats from a wide variety of vendors, including Independent bookstores and Amazon, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Google Play, Kobo, and others. To find links to this book on their websites, click HERE.
|Oct 11th, 2016 (Tue)||
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
|Radio Interview - The Larry Meiller Show - Wisconsin Public Radio - Ideas Network
Kathleen will be Larry's guest from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM, discussing and taking calls from listeners about her Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, and the recently released seventh Chloe book, A Memory of Muskets.
The popular, long-running Larry Meiller Show has an audience of some 100,000 listeners. It is broadcast statewide, and can also be heard in eastern Iowa and Minnesota, and northern Illinois.
HEAR IT LIVE. Larry's show is streamed live over the Internet and broadcast over WPR's Ideas Network (AM 930, 970, and FM 88.1, 88.3, 88.7, 88.9, 89.1, 90.3, 90.7, 90.9, 91.3, 91.7, 91.9, 107.9).
LISTEN LATER. After the broadcast the show will be made available on the The Larry Meiller Show archive page for streaming or downloading as a podcast. A link to a copy of the show will also be installed on Kathleen's A Memory of Muskets website page.
|Oct 15th, 2016 (Sat)||
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
|Launch Event - A Memory of Muskets - Old World Wisconsin - Eagle WI
Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series that feature protagonists who work at Old World Wisconsin and in the nearby Village of Eagle. Her seventh, just released Chloe mystery, A Memory of Muskets, is set at Old World, in the surrounding area, and at German Fest in Milwaukee.
On Saturday, October 15th, Kathleen will be greeting visitors and signing her books from Noon to 5 PM in the Old World museum store, where copies of her books are for sale. This will be the first opportunity in Southeast Wisconsin to get a signed copy of the new mystery - already in its second printing!
The store is open to the public without charge. (There is a fee to explore the museum's extensive grounds and buildings, several of which are settings for key scenes in the new and previous books.)
Kathleen is also the author of a non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, beautifully illustrated with photos of Old World Wisconsin taken by Loyd Heath. Copies of this book will also be available.
Old World Wisconsin - (262) 594-6301 - W372 S9727 Hwy 67, just south of Eagle, WI
|Oct 17th, 2016 (Mon)||
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
|Author Program - American Girl Fans - Kiel Public Library - Kiel 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 twenty American Girl books, including her Josfina, Kirsten, Kit and Molly mysteries, what it was like to write the Caroline books, and a hint about her super-secret next American Girl book.
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 Monday, October 17th. 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 presenting her Wisconsin Pioneers program for adults about the experiences of the pioneers who settled in Wisconsin in the 1800s (see event listing below).
Kiel Public Library - (920) 894-7122 - 511 3rd Street, Kiel, WI
|Oct 17th, 2016 (Mon)||
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
|Author Program - Wisconsin Pioneers - Kiel Public Library - Kiel 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 Kathleen knows well -- as both a former curator at Old World Wisconsin and as author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press's nonfiction 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 7:00 PM on Monday, October 17th, at the public library in Kiel. This event is free and open to the public.
NOTE: From 4-5 PM Kathleen will be at the library doing her American Girl Fans program for young readers (see event listing above).
Kiel Public Library - (920) 894-7122 - 511 3rd Street, Kiel, WI
|Oct 24th, 2016 (Mon) -- Oct 31st, 2016 (Mon)|
|Writing Retreat - Undisclosed Location
Kathleen will be away during this time, busy writing the 8th book in her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, due out in 2017. 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
|Nov 6th, 2016 (Sun)||
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
|Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Program - Madison Public Library Sequoya Branch - Madison 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 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.
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.
Sequoya Public Library - (608) 266-6385 - 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI
|Nov 12th, 2016 (Sat)||
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
|Author Visit - Tribeca Gallery Cafe & Books - Watertown WI
She will also be talking about her nineteen American Girl children's books, and her non-fiction Wisconsin history book A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons.
A number of Kathleen's thirty-four books will be available for purchase and she will be signing copies. The event runs from 10 AM to Noon on Saturday, November 12th, and is free and open to the public.
Tribeca Gallery Cafe & Books - (920) 206-2885 - 401 East Main Street, Watertown, WI
|Nov 16th, 2016 (Wed)||
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
|Mystery Authors Talk and Signing - Boswell Book Company - Milwaukee WI
Authors Kathleen Ernst and Patricia Skalka will be talking about their newest Wisconsin-based mysteries in an evening event co-sponsored by Boswell Books and Crimespree Magazine.
Kathleen will focus on A Memory of Muskets, her seventh Chloe Ellefson traditional mystery book for adults and mature teens. The story is set in 1983 at Old World Wisconsin near Eagle in Waukesha County -- with a murder at Milwaukee's German Fest -- and includes an historical thread involving German immigrants who settle in the Watertown/Palmyra area during the American Civil War.
Patricia will be speaking about Death in Cold Water, the third novel in her hard-boiled Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.
The conversation starts at 7 PM, Wednesday, November 16th, and is free and open to the public.
Boswell Book Company - (414) 332-1181 - 2559 North Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI
|Dec 3rd, 2016 (Sat)||
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
|Author Signing - A Memory of Muskets - Vesterheim Museum - Decorah IA
Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries and get an autographed copy of any of her seven Chloe books, including Heritage of Darkness, (set in Decorah at Vesterheim), and the newest book, A Memory of Muskets.
The signing will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, December 3rd, in the museum's store, during Vesterheim's popular and always delightful Norwegian Christmas event.
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - (563) 382-9681 - West Water St., Decorah, IA
|Dec 7th, 2016 (Wed)||
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
|Author Signing - Pioneer Foodways - Goodman Center - Madison WI
This public program is sponsored by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin. It will take place starting at 7:15 PM on Wednesday, December 7th, at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, WI. CHEW is "an informal, non profit, educational organization dedicated to the celebration of food, ethnic cuisines, and culinary customs from all parts of the world."
Kathleen will present a program called “Asparagus and Barley Groats: Pioneer Wisconsin Foodways” based on information discovered while researching her nonfiction history book A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons (Wisconsin Historical Society Press). Her presentation will be followed by a book signing (copies of A Settler's Year and her Chloe Ellefson mysteries will be available for purchase).
Access to the CHEW meeting and Kathleen's program is free and open to the public.
Goodman Community Center - (608) 241-1574 - 149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI