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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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Oct 5th, 2018 (Fri)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Author Signing - Heartland Fall Forum - Minneapolis MN

Heartland Fall Forum logo.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 The Lacemaker's Secret, her new, ninth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Friday, October 5th, at the table of publisher Midnight Ink Books.

Attendance 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).

NOTE:  Access to the Fall Forum requires a paid registration.

Heartland Fall Forum - Depot Renaissance Hotel, 225 3rd Ave S., Minneapolis, MN

Oct 7th, 2018 (Sun)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Author Program - The Lacemaker's Secret - Belgian Heritage Center - Brussels WI

Belgian Heritage Center logo.Kathleen will be speaking about her just released ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, as part of the Great Fire (Peshtigo Fire) Remembrance event at the Belgian Heritage Center on Sunday, October 7th.

The new book is set in 1983 amongst the Belgian-American communities of southern Door County, WI, and at the Belgian Farm at Green Bay's Heritage Hill State Historical Park.

There is also an historic thread that starts in 1848 in the Kingdom of Belgium, and continues from 1854 through 1919 in Door County. The historic story focuses on the struggles of a Belgian lacemaker and her family to survive cholera, famine, our Civil War, the Great Fire, and World War I to pioneer a new life in America.

09:00 AM - Doors open.
10:00 AM - Presentation about the Great Fire by Barb Chisholm.
11:15 AM - Program about The Lacemaker's Secret by Kathleen Ernst.

Up next will be by a Booyah Lunch and Kathleen signing books (copies will be available for purchase) followed at 1:30 PM by a repeat performance about the Great Fire by Barb Chisholm.

The two programs are free and open to the public. There may be a charge for lunch. 

Belgian Heritage Center - (920) 825-1328 - 1255 County Road DK, Brussels, WI

Oct 8th, 2018 (Mon)
  Scheduled Publication Date - The Lacemaker's Secret - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #9

Partial front book cover of The Lacemaker's Secret: Chloe Ellefson Mystery #9, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books.Today is the official publication date for The Lacemaker's Secret, the ninth book in the popular, Wisconsin-based, award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

The story takes place in Green Bay and Door County Wisconsin in November 1983, with an historical thread set there and in Belgium from the mid-1800s through World War 1.

Starting today (if not already) the book will be available in trade paperback and multiple ebook formats from a wide variety of vendors, including Independent bookstores and Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Kobo, Target, and others.

Oct 9th, 2018 (Tue)
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
  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 11:00 AM to 11:40 AM, discussing and taking calls from listeners about her Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, and her just released ninth Chloe book, The Lacemaker's Secret.

The new book is set in 1983 at Green Bay's Heritage Hill State Historical Park and amongst the Belgian-American communities of southern Door County, WI.

There is also an historic thread that starts in 1848 in the Kingdom of Belgium, and continues from 1854 through 1919 in Door County. The historic story focuses on the struggles of a Belgian lacemaker and her family to survive cholera, famine, our Civil War, the Great Fire, and World War I to pioneer a new life in America.

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 copy of the show will also posted for listening to on The Lacemaker's Secret book page on Kathleen's website.

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

Oct 11th, 2018 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Launch Party - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #9 - Mystery To Me Bookstore - Madison WI

Logo of the Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin.Join bestselling Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst as she celebrates the release of The Lacemaker's Secret, the ninth and newest book in her award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

Kathleen will be greeting Chloe fans, talking about the new book, and autographing copies from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 11th. 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 the 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.

NOTE: The store asks people to pre-register for this event. Make a free reservation by clicking HERE.

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

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

Oct 13th, 2018 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Author Signing - The Lacemaker's Secret - Old World Wisconsin - Eagle WI

Old World Wisconsin logo.Signing Books Where Chloe Works. Meet bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, creator of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries featuring protagonists Chloe—a reluctant sleuth who works at Old World—and her romantic partner Roelke McKenna—a cop in the nearby Village of Eagle.

Kathleen's just released ninth Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, is set in 1983 at Green Bay's Heritage Hill State Historical Park and amongst the Belgian-American communities of southern Door County, WI.

There is also an historic thread that starts in 1848 in the Kingdom of Belgium, and continues from 1854 through 1919 in Door County. It focuses on the struggles of a Belgian lacemaker and her family to survive cholera, famine, our Civil War, the Great Fire, and World War I to pioneer a new life here.

On Saturday, October 13th, Kathleen will be greeting visitors and signing her books from Noon to 5 PM in the Old World museum store, where copies of all her Chloe mysteries are for sale. This will be the first opportunity in Southeast Wisconsin to get a signed copy of the new mystery.

Kathleen is also the author of a non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, beautifully illustrated with photos of Old World Wisconsin taken by Loyd Heath. Copies of this book will also be available.

The store is open to the public without charge. (There is a fee to explore the museum's extensive grounds and buildings, several of which are settings for key scenes in earlier Chloe Ellefson mysteries.)

Kathleen is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's popular The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read by Jim Fleming on WPR's long-running Chapter A Day program. 

Kathleen writes mysteries as well as historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Chicago LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and an Anne Powers Prize for Best Fiction Book from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million copies of Kathleen's thirty-six published books.

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

Oct 20th, 2018 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Author Signing - Bobbin Lace Demonstration - Mineral Point WI

Photo of The Cornish Corner in Mineral Point Wisconsin.

Kathleen will be meeting the public and signing copies of her most recent Chloe Ellefson mysteries -- the just released The Lacemaker's Secret and the Mineral Point-based Mining For Justice.

This free, public event will take place at The Cornish Corner in charming Mineral Point, Wisconsin, from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday, October 20th, during the popular Fall Art Tour. Kathleen's visit will also include a demonstration of making bobbin lace, which is featured in The Lacemaker's Secret.

The Cornish Corner - (608) 987-9930 - 151 High Street, Mineral Point, WI

Oct 27th, 2018 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Author Appearance - Edergton Sterling North Book and Film Festival - Edgerton WI

Logo of the Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Fesival.The Edgerton Sterling North Festival is an annual event that promotes literacy in children, adults and seniors by introducing new and upcoming authors while also presenting well-known and admired Authors.

Kathleen is the 2018 Sterling North Legacy Award Winner for Excellence in Children’s Literature.

Details of Kathleen's activities at the festival will be announced in advance of the event.

Edgerton Sterling North Festival - Tri-County Community Center, 112 Swift St., Edgerton, WI

Oct 30th, 2018 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Appearance & Signing - Books & Company Bookstore - Oconomowoc WI

Books & Company logo.Oconomowoc's independent bookstore, Books & Company, has invited Kathleen to meet local readers and sign copies of her Chloe Ellefson mysteries, from 7-8 PM on Tuesday, October 30th.

The Lacemaker's Secret is Kathleen's just-released ninth book in this Wisconsin-based historic sites series. The story is set in 1983 at Green Bay's Heritage Hill State Historical Park and amongst the Belgian-American communities of southern Door County, WI.

There is also an historic thread that starts in 1848 in the Kingdom of Belgium, and continues from 1854 through 1919 in Door County. The historic story focuses on the struggles of a Belgian lacemaker and her family to survive cholera, famine, our Civil War, the Great Fire, and World War I to establish themselves in America.

The Chloe novels combine history and mystery with a little romance. They are written for adults and mature teens who enjoy reading stories without explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore. 

Kathleen is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read by Jim Fleming on WPR's Chapter A Day program. 

Kathleen writes mysteries as well as historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Chicago LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and an Anne Powers Prize for Best Fiction Book from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million copies of Kathleen's now thirty-seven published books.

Books & Company - (262) 567-0106 - 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI

Nov 1st, 2018 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Author Program - The Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - DeForest Public Library - DeForest WI

Photo of the DeForest Public Library, DeForest, Wisconsin.Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mysteries written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries 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 now nine books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Her presentation will include details about her newest Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, which is set in 1983 at Green Bay's Heritage Hill State Historical Park and amongst the Belgian-American communities of southern Door County, WI.

The book also includes an historic thread that starts in 1848 in the Kingdom of Belgium, and continues from 1854 through 1919 in Door County. The historic story focuses on the struggles of a Belgian lacemaker and her family to survive cholera, famine, our Civil War, the Great Fire, and World War I to establish themselves in America.

Kathleen will also talk about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Roelke, and how she researches and writes their stories.

This hour-long program starts at 6 PM, Thursday, November 1st, at the DeForest Public Library, and is free and open to the public. Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Kathleen is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's popular The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read by Jim Fleming on WPR's long-running Chapter A Day program.

In addition to mysteries, Kathleen writes historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, an Anne Powers Prize for Best Fiction Book from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and nominations for an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery awards.

To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million copies of Kathleen's now thirty-seven published books.

DeForest Public Library - (608) 846-5482 - 203 Library St., DeForest, WI

Nov 4th, 2018 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Author Program - The Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Caestecker Public Library - Green Lake WI

Photo of the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake, Wisconsin.Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mysteries written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries 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 now nine books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Her presentation will include details about her newest Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret. It is set in 1983 at Green Bay's Heritage Hill State Historical Park, and amongst the Belgian-American communities of southern Door County, WI.

There is also an historic thread that starts in 1848 in the Kingdom of Belgium, and continues from 1854 through 1919 in Door County. The historic story focuses on the struggles of a Belgian lacemaker and her family to survive cholera, famine, our Civil War, the Great Fire, and World War I to establish themselves in America.

Kathleen will also talk about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Roelke, and how she researches and writes their stories.

This hour-long program starts at 2 PM, Sunday, November 4th, at the Caestecker Public Library, and is free and open to the public. Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Kathleen is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's popular The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read by Jim Fleming on WPR's long-running Chapter A Day program.

In addition to mysteries, Kathleen writes historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, an Anne Powers Prize for Best Fiction Book from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and nominations for an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery awards.

To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million copies of Kathleen's now thirty-seven published books.

Caestecker Public Library - (920) 294-3572 - 518 Hill Street, Green Lake, WI

Nov 5th, 2018 (Mon) -- Nov 12th, 2018 (Mon)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 - Undisclosed Location

Gone Writing fall foliage graphic created by Scott Meeker.Kathleen will be away from November 5th to 12th working at an undisclosed location on her tenth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series book, which she is under contract to deliver to publisher Midnight Ink Books for release in fall 2019. 

Kathleen will be unavailable during the retreat. Inquiries can be directed to her husband and business partner, Scott (AKA Mr. Ernst), who will be manning the home office daily. Fly fingers, fly Kathleen! 

Nov 10th, 2018 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Heritage of Darkness Tour - Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - Decorah IA

Gone Writing fall foliage graphic created by Scott Meeker.Vesterheim is the setting for Heritage of Darkness, Kathleen's fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery.

The museum is now offering public tours based on the book (and for private groups by prior arrangement).

On Saturday, November 10th, the museum is holding a special Heritage Of Darkness Tour for the public from 1-4 PM.

This tour includes admission to the Vesterheim Museum and:

•  Guided tour to see Vesterheim artifacts and buildings featured in the mystery
•  Treat break with Norwegian sweets mentioned in the book
•  After tour presentation, Norwegian Courtship & Betrothal Gifts, by woodworker Rebecca Hanna.

The tour has a $20 per person fee. Prior registration is required. To register or ask questions, contact Karla Brown at (563) 382-9681 or kbrown@vesterheim.org. The signup deadline for this tour is November 3rd.

Spoiler Alert: Read the book in advance; the ending will be revealed during the tour! 

NOTE: Vesterheim will hold a slightly different Heritage of Darkness tour on November 30th.

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - (563) 382-9681 - 520 West Water St., Decorah, IA

Nov 30th, 2018 (Fri)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Heritage of Darkness Tour - Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - Decorah IA

Gone Writing fall foliage graphic created by Scott Meeker.Vesterheim is the setting for Heritage of Darkness, Kathleen's fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery.

The museum is now offering public tours based on the book (and for private groups by prior arrangement).

On Friday, November 30th, the museum is holding a special Heritage Of Darkness Tour for the public from 2-5 PM.

This tour includes admission to the Vesterheim Museum and:

•  Guided tour to see Vesterheim artifacts and buildings featured in the mystery
•  Treat break with Norwegian sweets mentioned in the book
•  After tour presentation, The Chloe Ellefson Mysteries: Behind the Scenes, by Kathleen.

The tour has a $20 per person fee. Prior registration is required. To register or ask questions, contact Karla Brown at (563) 382-9681 or kbrown@vesterheim.org.

Spoiler Alert: Read the book in advance; the ending will be revealed during the tour! 

NOTE: Vesterheim will hold a slightly different Heritage of Darkness tour on November 10th.

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - (563) 382-9681 - 520 West Water St., Decorah, IA

Dec 1st, 2018 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Author Signing - Norwegian Christmas Event - Vesterheim Museum - Decorah IA

Logo of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries and get an autographed copy of any of her nine Chloe books, including Heritage of Darkness, (set in Decorah at Vesterheim), and the just released The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and the Belgian commuities of Door County, Wisconsin.

The signing will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, December 1st, in the museum's wonderful gift store, during Vesterheim's popular and always delightful Norwegian Christmas event.

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - (563) 382-9681 - 502 West Water St., Decorah, IA

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