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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Aug 7th, 2015 (Fri)
  Author Signing - Annual Tre-Lag Stevne - Eau Claire, WI

Kathleen will be meeting readers and signing copies of her award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery books on Friday afternoon, August 7th, at this annual gathering of Norwegian-American groups that research, preserve, and celebrate their Norwegian roots.

Kathleen's husband, Scott Meeker, will be there speaking from 2:45 to 3:45 PM on the topic of the 15th Wisconsin, an infantry regiment of Norwegians that served with distinction in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Prior registration is required. The event will be held in the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire, WI.

2015 Tre-Lag Stevne

Aug 15th, 2015 (Sat)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Program - Fennimore Historical Society - Fennimore 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 sixth release Death On The Prairie.

Kathleen will talk briefly about how her 12 years at Old World Wisconsin, the world's largest museum dedicated to the history of rural life, influenced Chloe, how her research into police work helped shape 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 purchase).

This event is a fundraiser for the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum. It will take place at the Fennimore United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 15th. Refreshments will be served from 1:30 to 2:00 PM; Kathleen's program will run from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The event is open to the public, but tickets and reservations are required. Call JoAnne Blume at the number below.

Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum - (608) 512-3943 - Fennimore, WI.

Aug 25th, 2015 (Tue) -- Sep 10th, 2015 (Thu)
  TBA
Sep 1st, 2015 (Tue)
  Release Date - A Settler's Year - Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Today is the official release date for A Settler's Year: Pioneer Light Through the Seasons, a non-fiction book about the lives of the pioneers who settled in Wisconsin during the 1800s. It is published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and is lavishly illustrated with photographs taken by Loyd Heath at Old World Wisconsin.

The Settler's Year is coming out as a hardcover printed book and in digital ebook versions.

This will be Kathleen's thirty-second published book.

Sep 17th, 2015 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Launch Party - A Settler's Year - Mystery To Me Bookstore - Madison WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst for a fun celebration of her new non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, a non-fiction book about the lives of the pioneers who settled Wisconsin in the 1800's. Settler's is being published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and is lavishly illustrated with photographs taken by Loyd Heath at Old World Wisconsin.

(Old World is also the workplace of the main protagonist in Kathleen's award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series for adults and mature teens.)

Kathleen will be greeting readers and signing books from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 17th, at Mystery To Me -- Madison's premier mystery bookstore. There will be door prizes, gifts, and a delicious book-themed treat by pastry chef Alisha Rapp.

Come party with Kathleen as she celebrates her thirty-second published book!

Mystery To Me Bookstore - (608) 283-9332 - 1863 Monroe Street, Madison, WI

Sep 18th, 2015 (Fri)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  Author Program - A Settler's Year - Wisconsin History Tour - Waukesha WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on a picturesque journey through the seasons that shaped the lives of early Wisconsin settlers. It's a trip Ernst 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.

This program is one of a week-long series of events at the Waukesha Public Library as part of the Wisconsin History Tour sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Waukesha Public Library - (262) 524-3680 - 321 W. Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI

Sep 20th, 2015 (Sun)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Launch Events - A Settler's Year - Old World Wisconsin - Eagle WI

Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst for a fun celebration of her new non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, about the lives of the pioneers who settled Wisconsin in the 1800's. Settler's is being published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and is lavishly illustrated with photographs taken by Loyd Heath at Old World Wisconsin.

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

The Settler's Year launch event will be held in the upper level of the Clausing Barn starting at 3 PM. Access to the barn is free. Meet Kathleen, buy the book, and tour the site!

Old World Wisconsin - (262) 594-6301 - W372 S9727 Hwy 67, just south of Eagle, WI

Sep 24th, 2015 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Book Signing - Mill City Museum - Minneapolis MN

Meet bestselling author Kathleen Ernst at the Mill City Museum, the setting for her fifth Chloe Ellefson adult mystery, Tradition of Deceit. Kathleen will be signing her book there starting at 7:00 PM, together with Mary Relindes Ellis, author of The Bohemian Flats, an ethnic neighborhood that is also featured in Kathleen novel.

Mill City Museum - (612) 341-7555 - 704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN

Sep 26th, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Author Signing - Door County Books & Authors Festival - Fish Creek WI

Kathleen will be meeting the public and signing copies of her latest books at the Saturday, September 26th, Festival of Door County Books & Authors in the lovely resort community of Fish Creek, WI. The Festival is held by The Peninsula Bookman bookstore, and takes place during the popular Fish Creek Annual Inside/Outside Sales Weekend.

Kathleen will be signing her new non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. She will also be signing her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries, published by Midnight Ink Books--including The Light Keeper's Legacy--which is set in Door County.

The Festival is free and open to the public.

The Peninsula Bookman - (920) 868-1467 - 4083 Main Street, Fish Creek, WI.

Sep 27th, 2015 (Sun) -- Oct 3rd, 2015 (Sat)
  Unavailable

Kathleen will be unavailable during this time due to family obligations. 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

Oct 7th, 2015 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Launch Party - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #6 - Hotel Red - Madison 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, WI. Get an autographed copy of the newest book in the series, Death on the Prairie.

Kathleen will be greeting Chloe fans and signing books from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at Hotel Red, which is just down the street from Mystery To Me, Madison's premier mystery bookstore. MTM is sponsoring the event and will have copiesavailable at the party of all six Chloe books, plus her recently released non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons.

As in previous years, there will be door prizes, gifts -- and a delicious book-themed dessert by pastry chef Alisha Rapp.

Come party with Kathleen on the night before the official release of her thirty-third book!

Hotel Red - (608) 283-9332 - 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI

Oct 10th, 2015 (Sat) -- Oct 11th, 2015 (Sun)
  Author Signings - Heartland Fall Forum - Lombard IL

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 Death on the Prairie, her sixth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery from publisher Midnight Ink Books, at the Moveable Feast on Saturday from 12:45-2:15 PM.

On Sunday Kathleen will be signing copies of A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, her non-fiction history book, from 2-3 PM at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press booth.

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.

Westin Lombard Yorktown Center - (630) 719-8000 - 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL

Oct 22nd, 2015 (Thu)
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
  American Girl Fans Program - Poynette Area Public Library - Poynette 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 3:45 PM. It is being held in conjunction with the 4th and 5th Grade Book Club, which is ordering books so each club member gets a book. The program is free and open to the public (prior registration is requested). Girls are invited to bring their dolls.

NOTE: Kathleen will also be doing a program at the library at 6:30 PM about her award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

Poynette Area Public Library - (608) 635-7577 - 118 North Main Street, Poynette, WI.

Oct 22nd, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Program - Poynette Area Public Library - Poynette 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 goes about researching and writing her 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 event starts at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public.

NOTE: Kathleen will also be doing a program at the library starting at 3:45 PM about her 19 American Girl books, including the 9 books about Caroline, the historical character she created.

Poynette Area Public Library - (608) 635-7577 - 118 North Main Street, Poynette, WI.

Oct 25th, 2015 (Sun) -- Nov 1st, 2015 (Sun)
  Writing Retreat

Kathleen will be away during this time, busy writing the seventh Chloe mystery, which she is under contract with publisher Midnight Ink Books for release in fall 2016. 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