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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Mar 30th, 2014 (Sun) -- Apr 3rd, 2014 (Thu)
  Writing Retreat

Kathleen will be away during this time, busy writing a new book that is contracted for release in 2015. 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

Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  American Girl Fans Program - Fox Cities Book Festival - Appleton Public Library

Meet bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst, author of the award-winning book series about Caroline Abbott, the new historical character she created for American Girl. Caroline lived 200 years ago on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.

Kathleen will be putting on her popular illustrated American Girl Fans program aimed at young readers and their parents, guardians, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and collectors. The seven book series is written for readers age 8 and up.

In her presentation Kathleen will be sharing the stories behind the stories of her fifteen American Girl books, including her original History Mysteries and newer Caroline, Josfina, Kirsten, Kit and Molly mysteries. She will also talk about what it was like to secretly research and write the Caroline books -- and maybe share a hint about her next Caroline mystery!

Afterwards Kathleen will give away door prizes, show artifacts relating to the Caroline series, answer questions from the audience, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase). This event runs from 4:00 to 5:30 PM and is free and open to the public. Girls are invited to bring their dolls.

NOTE: Kathleen will also be presenting her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mysteries program that evening at the Menasha Public Library. (Chloe is a curator at Old World Wisconsin, the huge outdoor history museum near Eagle.)

Appleton Public Library - (920) 832-6173 - 225 North Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Mystery Program - Fox Cities Book Festival - Menasha Public Library

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 for Best Traditional Mystery book), Heritage of Darkness, and her upcoming fifth Chloe mystery, Tradition of Deceit.

Kathleen will talk about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced Chloe, how her research into police work helped shape Roelke McKenna, and how she researches and writes this series.

The program runs from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Menasha Public Library. Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

NOTE: Kahleen will also be doing her American Girl Fans program that afternoon at the Appleton Public library.

Menasha Public Library - (920) 967-3690 - 440 First Street, Menasha, WI

Apr 12th, 2014 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  Book Signing - Vesterheim Nordic Celebration & Marketplace - Minneapolis MN

From 2:00 to 5:30 PM Kathleen will be signing copies of her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries , which be for sale at the 41st annual Nordic Celebration and Marketplace sponsored by the Twin Cities Friends of Vesterheim. Contact Stephanie Johnson at snjohnson@vesterheim.org or (563) 382-9681 for more information.

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest - 5801 Opus Parkway, Minnetonka, MN

Apr 27th, 2014 (Sun) -- May 1st, 2014 (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 2nd, 2014 (Fri) -- May 4th, 2014 (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 and serving on a panel.

9:00 AM Saturday - Kids Love A Mystery: Our Agatha Best Children's/YA Novel Nominees
Moderator: Leslie Blatt. Kathleen's fellow panelists: Joelle Charbonneau, Amanda Flower, and Penny Warner.

11:00 AM Saturday - Kathleen will be signing her books in the Atrium area above the hotel bar.

Hyatt Regency Hotel - (301) 657-1234 - 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD

May 5th, 2014 (Mon)
  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 6th, 2014 (Tue)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Caroline Abbott Author Visit - American Girl Columbus - Columbus OH

Meet Kathleen Ernst, the award-winning author of seven books about Caroline Abbott, the new historical character from American Girl. This visit will provide girls age 8 and up with the opportunity to meet Kathleen in person, get their picture taken with her, and have Kathleen personalize and sign any of her Caroline, Josefina, Kirsten, Kit, or Molly books.

These activites run from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and are free and open to the public.

American Girl Columbus - (877) 247-5223 - Easton Town Center, Coumbus, OH

May 10th, 2014 (Sat) -- May 17th, 2014 (Sat)
  Writing Retreat

Kathleen will be away during this time, busy writing a new book that is contracted for release in 2015. 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 23rd, 2014 (Fri) -- Jun 1st, 2014 (Sun)
  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.

Tours of the beautifully restored lighthouse are conducted daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and are free and open to the public.

NOTE: Reaching the lighthouse requires prior planning. From Northport at the tip of the Door County, WI 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.

A house-sitter will be in residence this week at Kathleen's home, but the office will be closed.

Rock Island State Park - (920) 847-2235

Jun 6th, 2014 (Fri)
  Special Event in New York City - Details to be Announced Soon
Jun 8th, 2014 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Young Writer's Workshop - Sackets Harbor State Historic Site - Sackets Harbor NY

Kathleen Ernst is a bestselling, award-winning author of twenty-six books for adults and young readers. She created the Caroline Abbott historical character for American Girl and has written seven books about Caroline, who lived in Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812.

On Sunday, June 8th, Kathleen be at Sackets Harbor teaching a hands-on class for budding writers age 9 to adult. She will briefly share the process she used to create the Caroline sotries. Then, using artwork for inspiration, she will guide participants through the process of creating their own historical character and story.

Attendees will receive workshop supplies, a take-home writing journal, light refreshments, and the chance to win a Caroline doll.

Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 40 people and there is a $25 per person fee. All proceeds go to support the Sackets Harbor State Historic Site. For more information, contact Constance Barone at Constance.Barone@parks.ny.gov or (315) 646-3634.

Jun 14th, 2014 (Sat)
  Caroline Abbott War of 1812 American Girl Fans Event - Fort McHenry - Baltimore MD

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst will be doing a public program about her award-winning Caroline Abbott American Girl books, which are set during the War of 1812. Details to be announced.

The vigorous American defense of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - 2400 East Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD

Jun 15th, 2014 (Sun)
  Caroline Abbott American Girl Event - Riversdale House Museum - Riverdale MD

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst will be doing a public event about her award-winning Caroline Abbott American Girl stories at the Riversdale House Museum. Details to be announced.

Riversdale, a National Historic Landmark, is a restored, five-part, stucco-covered brick plantation home built just before the War of 1812.

Riversdale House Museum - (301) 864-0420 - 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park, MD

Jun 20th, 2014 (Fri) -- Jun 27th, 2014 (Fri)
  Writing Retreat

Kathleen will be away during this time, busy writing a new book that is contracted for release in 2015. 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