AUTHOR'S NOTE

I have been making presentations to audiences of all ages for over thirty years. I offer a wide variety of programs that have proved to be popular with audiences and sponsoring organizations alike -- and I love doing them. Now that I have finished writing three manuscripts for release next year, I am once again able to consider program invitations for 2015.

Programs

The links below provide direct access to program details.

American Girl Fans

Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

American Civil War

 

 

 

AMERICAN GIRL

Program for American Girl Fans

Kathleen Ernst speaking about Caroline Abbott at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington DC

Audience: Readers age 8+, parents/guardians, aunts/uncles, grandparents, and collectors.

Sponsors: American Girl clubs, bookstores, public libraries, and other groups.

Synopsis: This illustrated program reveals the stories behind the stories of Kathleen’s fifteen American Girl books. She shares insights about her original History Mysteries, her newer Josefina, Kirsten, Kit, and Molly mystery books, and what it was like to secretly research and write the (now) seven books about Caroline Abbott, the newest American Girl historical character.

For details about these books, click HERE.

Kathleen brings props and photos to pass around -- and door prizes to give away. The program runs one hour, including time for questions and answers, after which Kathleen will be available for a half hour to meet fans and to sign her books. NOTE: A popular option for this program is for the sponsoring organization to organize a "tea" and invite attendees to dress up and bring their dolls. This typically adds 15-20 minutes.

Book Sales: Kathleen can bring copies of her books to sell, or the sponsoring organization can partner with a local bookstore to sell copies of her books at the program.

Scheduling: Program commitments are typically made on a first come basis. To get a general idea of Kathleen's availability, please check her Calendar by clicking HERE. NOTE: this program is often scheduled with a Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program, a description of which can be seen immediately below on this page.

Contact: To send a message to Kathleen about these programs, their scheduling, and costs, please click HERE.

To download a PDF copy of the program information above, click HERE.
To email a PDF copy of the program information above, click HERE.

 

CHLOE ELLEFSON

Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mysteries:  The Stories Behind the Stories

 

Author Kathleen Ernst and her husband serving as live-in docents at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island WI in 2012.Audience: Adults and older teens who enjoy traditional mystery books (i.e., those without explicit sex, violence, or gore).

Sponsors: Public libraries, bookstores, historical societies, and mystery book clubs.

Synopsis: In this lively, illustrated program Kathleen takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the experiences and places that inspired Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders (Best Fiction Book of 2011 - Council of Wisconsin Writers), The Light Keeper’s Legacy (LOVEY Award for Best Traditional Mystery of 2012 - Love Is Murder Mystery Writer's Conference), and Heritage of Darkness. Kathleen will talk about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced Chloe Ellefson, how her research into police work helped shape her officer Roelke McKenna character, and how she researches and writes.

For details about these books, click HERE.

Kathleen brings props and photos to pass around -- and door prizes to give away. The program runs one hour, including time for questions and answers, after which Kathleen will be available for a half hour to meet fans and to sign her books.

Book Sales
: Kathleen can bring copies of her books to sell, or the sponsoring organization can partner with a local bookstore to sell copies of her books at the program.

Scheduling: Program commitments are typically made on a first come basis. To get a general idea of Kathleen's availability, please check her Calendar by clicking HERE. NOTE: this program is often scheduled with an American Girls Fan program, a description of which can be seen immediately above on this page.

Contact: To send a message to Kathleen about these programs, their scheduling, and costs, please click HERE.

To download a PDF copy of the program information above, click HERE.
To email a PDF copy of the program information above, click HERE.

 

CIVIL WAR 1861-65

Too Afraid to Cry – Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign

 

kathleen ernst, civil war program, too afraid to cry, battle of amtietam, 1862Audience: Adults who are interested in American history in general, and the American Civil War in particular, and who want to hear about what happened 150 years ago to civilians caught up in the single bloodiest day in American history.

Sponsors: Civil War roundtables and discussion groups, and historical societies, sites and museums

Synopsis: This richly illustrated program focuses on Kathleen's nonfiction history book Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign. Kathleen will also discuss the historical novels that emerged from her research.

For details about Kathleen's Civil War books, click HERE.

Kathleen brings props and photos to pass around, and door prizes to give away. The program runs one hour, including time for questions and answers, after which Kathleen will be available for a half hour to meet fans and to sign her books.

Book Sales: Kathleen can bring copies of her books to sell, or the sponsoring organization can partner with a local bookstore to sell copies of her books at the program.

Scheduling: Program commitments are typically made on a first come basis. To get a general idea of Kathleen's availability, click HERE.

Contact: To send a message to Kathleen about this program, its scheduling, and the costs involved, click HERE.