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 10th, 2015 (Fri)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  Meet American Girl Author Kathleen Ernst - Salina Free Library - Mattydale NY

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 2:30 PM and 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 Caroline program at Sackets Harbor on Saturday, July 11th.

Salina Free Library - (315) 454-4524 - 100 Bellmont St., Mattydale, NY

Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Caroline American Girl Fans Program - Sackets Harbor Historic Site - Sackets Harbor NY

Meet Kathleen Ernst, author of the American Girl “Caroline Abbott” book series. The adventures of this War of 1812 heroine are set in Sackets Harbor.Caroline’s adventures and daring exploits on Lake Ontario, Northern New York State, and Kingston, Canada captivate readers. Join Kathleen from 1-3 PM on Saturday, July 11th, at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site picnic pavillion for a special afternoon of fun filled activities, food, music and listening.

* Remember how Caroline made a quilt? Create your own quilt block and then see how your piece fits into a much bigger group quilt project. Caroline always did her part for her family and the community. She could see the “big picture.”

* Try your skill at playing 19th century toys and games. Roll a hoop, just like Caroline did in Sackets Harbor. Sample food and drinks during your visit. Caroline’s kitchen was the center of the Abbott family life.

* Explore the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site’s War of 1812 story following a newly created Scavenger Hunt.

* Track the clues around the property learning about fortifications that protected the community, a special monument that commemorates the brave action by defenders, and see the uniforms of those men who served at Sackets Harbor.

* Allow time to tour the historic Navy Yard and learn, not only about the War of 1812, but a later time in mid-19th century when a Navy commander and his family lived in the Commandant’s House.

Best of all, meet American Girl author Kathleen Ernst and hear her tell about creating the Caroline stories, and what some of Caroline's fans have to say about the books.

Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited and there is a $25 per person fee. For more information and to register, call the phone number below.

Sackets Harbor State Historic Site - (315) 646-3634 - 504 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY

Jul 16th, 2015 (Thu) -- Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat)
  LauraPalooza - Brookings and DeSmet SD

Kathleen will be attending LauraPalooza 2015, "the only academic conference focused solely on research and presentations about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House series of books." The event is the work of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, "dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of research surrounding Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, the Little House sites, and their legacies."

LauraPolooza - South Dakota State University - Brookings, SD

Jul 31st, 2015 (Fri) -- Aug 2nd, 2015 (Sun)

Kathleen will not be available during these days.

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 Doll & Toy Museum - 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 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 is a fundraiser for the Fennimre 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.

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

Aug 25th, 2015 (Tue) -- Sep 10th, 2015 (Thu)
Sep 22nd, 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 lavishly illustrated non-fiction book about the life of European settlers in Wisconsin.

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

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 book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and 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)

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