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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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Jul 9th, 2017 (Sun) -- Jul 16th, 2017 (Sun)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #9 - Undisclosed location

Gone Writing graphic created by Scott Meeker.Kathleen will be away July 9th to July 16th working on the manuscript for the nineth book in her popular, award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

This as yet untitled story is under contract to Midnight Ink Books for publication in the fall of 2018.

Business inquiries can be directed to Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernst"), her husband and business partner, who will be manning the home office daily.

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

Jul 22nd, 2017 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  Author Visit - The World of Little House Special Event - Old World Wisconsin - Eagle WI

Old World Wisconsin logo.

Old World Wisconsin is holding a special event celebrating the 150th birthday anniversary of beloved children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder (the subject of Kathleen's Death On The Prairie Chloe Ellefson mystery).

Kathleen will be at the museum on Saturday, Juy 22nd, to judge the finalists in Old World's national Little House Big Story essay contest. The winners will be announced at 1 PM in Caldwell Hall.

Opened in 1976, Old World Wisconsin's 60 historic farm and village buildings comprise the world’s largest museum dedicated to the history of rural life.

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

Aug 17th, 2017 (Thu)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Vernon County Reads - Viroqua WI

Vernon County Reads graphic created by Scott Meeker.

Meet bestselling Wisconsin writer Kathleen Ernst, author of 20 American Girl books. These include her award-winning stories about Caroline Abbott, the 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 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 3 PM on Thursday, August 17th, in the Viroqua Elementary School Cafeorium. The event is free and open to the public. Kids of all ages are invited to bring their dolls.

Kathleen's American Girl books have received numerous awards, and she has earned an Emmy for her work in children's educational television. Kathleen is the author of 35 (soon to be 36) published fiction and non-fiction books for adults and young readers.

NOTE: Kathleen will return to the school in the evening to present her popular Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series program for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

Viroqua Elementary School Cafetorium - 115 North Education Avenue, Viroqua, WI

Aug 17th, 2017 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Vernon County Reads - Viroqua WI

Vernon County Reads graphic created by Scott Meeker.This year Vernon County Public Libraries are doing a cooperative adult summer reading program called “Vernon County Reads.” The participating libraries have chosen to focus on the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series by bestselling Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst. This series is popular with adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries (i.e., without explicit sex, violence, or gore).

Over the summer the adult reading group at each of the libraries will read and discuss one of the Chloe mysteries. Then Kathleen will present her lively, richly-illustrated program, taking 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.

Kathleen's hour-long program starts at 7 PM on Thursday, August 17th and is free and open to the public. Afterwards she will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). 

NOTE:  From 3-4 PM today Kathleen will be at the school doing her American Girl Fans program for young readers (see event listing above).

Viroqua Elementary School Cafetorium - 115 North Education Avenue, Viroqua, WI

Sep 13th, 2017 (Wed) -- Sep 17th, 2017 (Sun)
  Norwegian Rosemaling Class - Vesterheim Museum - Decorah IA

Photo of a Norwegian rosemaled wooden plate painted in the Valdres style by Pam Rucinski.Kathleen will be away taking a Rosemaling in the Valdres Style class September 13th to 17th at the Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.

Kathleen began taking Rosemaling classes at Vesterheim while researching this beautiful Norwegian art form for inclusion in her first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder.  Rose painting also plays an important role in the fourth Chloe book, Heritage of Darkness, which is set at Vesterheim.

The piece shown above is representative of the sytle that will be taught by instructor Pam Rucinski.

This is one of an extensive schedule of Scandinavian folk art classes offered by Vesterheim.

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

Sep 19th, 2017 (Tue)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Dwight Foster Public Library - Fort Atkinson WI

Meet bestsellinFort Atkinson WI Dwight Foster Public Library logo.g Wisconsin 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 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 4 PM on Tuesday, October 19th. It will be Kathleen's first program at the library, and is free and open to the public. Kids of all ages are invited to bring their dolls.

Kathleen's American Girl books have received numerous awards, and she has earned an Emmy for her work in children's educational television. Kathleen is the author of 35 (soon to be 36) published fiction and non-fiction books for adults and young readers.

NOTE:  Kathleen will return to the library in the evening to present her popular Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series program for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

Dwight Foster Public Library - (920) 563-7790 - 209 Merchants Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI

Sep 19th, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Dwight Foster Public Library - Fort Atkinson WI

Meet bestselFort Atkinson Wisconsin Dwight Foster Public Library logo.ling 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). 

The hour-long program starts at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 19th and 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).

Dwight Foster Public Library - (920) 563-7790 - 209 Merchants Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI

Sep 28th, 2017 (Thu)
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
  Radio Interview - The Larry Meiller Show - Wisconsin Public Radio - Ideas Network

Logo for The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio.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 her brand new eighth Chloe book, Mining for Justice, which is set in Mineral Point.

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).

JOIN IN. Listeners are encouraged to contact the show to ask questions and make comments. This can be done via Facebook or Twitter, by email to talk@wpr.org or by calling (800) 642-1234.

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 Mining for Justice website page.

NOTE: The official Mining for Justice launch party will be held this evening at the Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison (see listing below).

Wisconsin Public Radio - (800) 642-1234 - talk@wpr.org

Sep 28th, 2017 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  Launch Party - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #8 - Mystery To Me Bookstore - Madison WI

Logo of the Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin.Join bestselling author Kathleen Ernst as she celebrates the release of Mining for Justice, the eighth and newest book in her award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

Kathleen will be greeting Chloe fans, talking about the new book, and autographing copies from 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 28th. As in previous years, there will be door prizes and a delicious book-themed dessert. 

The event is sponsored by Mystery To Me, Madison's premier mystery bookstore, which will have all eight Chloe mysteries available for purchase. This will be the very first opportunity in the Madison area to acquire a signed copy of the new book.

Come party with Kathleen as she celebrates the release of her thirty-sixth published book! 

NOTE: Kathleen will be interviewed about her new Chloe mystery on WPR's The Larry Meiller Show earlier today (see listing above).

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

Sep 29th, 2017 (Fri) -- Oct 1st, 2017 (Sun)
  Launch Event - Mining For Justice - Cornish Fest - Mineral Point, WI

Join bestsellMineral Point Wisconsin Annual Cornish Festival logoing author Kathleen Ernst at Cornish Festival in Mineral Point as she celebrates the release of Mining for Justice, her new mystery about Cornish immigrants who settled in Mineral Point to mine lead!

The story takes place in 1983 and features the Pendarvis Historic Site. There is also an historical thread set during the 1820s and 1830s in Mineral Point and Cornwall, England.

Mining For Justice is the eighth book in Kathleen's popular, award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series -- and her thirty-sixth published book overall.

Cornish Fest elebrates the Cornish culture, which runs deep in Southwest Wisconsin. The 3-day festival features craft demonstrations, tours, food, and offers plenty of family-fun. 

Kathleen will be taking part in signings and other activities each day of the festival. Details TBA.

Cornish Festival - Mineral Point, WI

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