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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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Aug 28th, 2017 (Mon) -- Sep 1st, 2017 (Fri)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
  Chloe Ellefson Gets Serialized - Wisconsin Public Radio - Chapter A Day Program - Week 4

Photo of Jim Fleming, host of the Wisconsin Public Radio program Chapter A Day.Jim Fleming, host of the popular Chapter A Day program on Wisconsin Public Radio, has created a special abridged version of the latest Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. 

You can hear Jim's half-hour readings on the WPR IDEAS Network and streaming from the Chapter A Day webpage weekdays at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) Monday, August 7th through Friday, September 1st. Each episode can also be heard on the Chapter A Day webpage for one week after its broadcast date.

WPR is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and Chapter A Day is their longest running program, having first aired in 1931.

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 Kathleen ErnFort Atkinson WI Dwight Foster Public Library logo.st, bestselling author of 20 American Girl books, including her award-winning stories about Caroline Abbott, the historical character she created for American Girl.

Kathleen's lively illustrated program will cover her newest AG book Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, as well as the Josefina, Kirsten, Kit, and Molly mysteries she has written. Kathleen will also share how she researches and writes books for American Girl.

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, September 19th. Her program is free and open to the public. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

Kathleen is the author of thirty-five published fiction and non-fiction books for adults and young readers. She has earned an Emmy for her work in children's educational television, and her American Girl books have received numerous Wisconsin and national awards. To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million copies of Kathleen's books.

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 KathlFort Atkinson Wisconsin Dwight Foster Public Library logo.een Ernst, bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series 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 soon-to-be eight books featuring museum curator (and reluctant slueth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

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 7 PM, Tuesday, September 19th, 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 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 thirty-five published books.

NOTE: From 4-5 PM today 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. NOTE: The store is asking people to pre-register for this event by clicking HERE.

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

PACKER FANS:  Kickoff against the Bears is at 7:25 PM. Enjoy it with $3 Spotted Cows and 50% off wings at Brocach on Monroe, a traditional Irish tavern just a few seconds walk from the bookstore!  

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

Sep 30th, 2017 (Sat) -- 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 the following signings and activities:

Saturday - September 30th

11:00 AM to Noon - Author Presentation
Opera House, 139 High Street - Free and open to the public. 

Kathleen will open a window into her creative and research processes, sharing some of the challenges she encountered working to construct a riveting mystery while remaining true to historical events and the people whose lives she seeks to honor. Afterwards she will be signing books, copies of which will be available for purchase.

1:00 to 5:00 PM - Crowdy Crawn 
Pendarvis Historic Site Education Center, Spruce Street - Free and open to the public. 

A Cornish expression, Crowdy Crawn refers to entertainment that is "a mixture of things."  This year’s event will include traditional craft demonstrations such as spinning, quilting, basket making, knitting, and rug hooking, and Cornish storytelling. Kathleen will be meeting readers and signing books, copies of which will be available for purchase.

5:30 to 8:00 PM - Cornish Pasty Supper 
The Walker House, 1 Water Street - Open to the public; no reservation needed.

Dine at The historic Walker (house salad, beef pasty, pasty sauce, saffron bun, Figgyhobbin, Wollersheim Red/White Wine or New Glarus Spotted Cow beer, or other Beverage (Soda, Coffee, Tea). Pizza for kids. Entertainment with ghosts and Tommyknockers. $14.25 + tax., 9 and under $6.65 + tax. Kathleen will be meeting readers and signing books, copies of which will be available for purchase.

Sunday - October 1st

11:00 to Noon - Author Presentation 
Pendarvis Historic Site Education Center, Spruce Street - Free and open to the public. 

Join Kathleen for a presentation featuring the buildings and artifacts at Pendarvis that inspired the plot. Books will be available for purchase and Kathleen will be signing them. And you'll have plenty of time to tour Pendarvis afterwards! 

Cornish Festival - Mineral Point, WI

Oct 7th, 2017 (Sat)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Wisconsin Writer's Association Annual Conference - Neenah WI

Wisconsin Writers Association logo.Bestselling Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 annual Wisconsin Writers Association conference.

Founded in 1948, the WWA "is a nonprofit that encourages, educates, supports and promotes writers through its programs and services. It offers writing resources, learning and networking opportunities contests and publishing opportunities in support of all its members' creaative endeavors."

Kathleen's address, Living The Dream:  A Writing Life, will begin at 7 PM. She began dreaming of becoming a professional writer as a child, and wrote her first novel at fifteen. Publication did not come quickly or easily, but today she’s a full-time author. She’ll share tales of lessons learned, and offer tips to help aspiring writers fulfill their own dreams. 

Kathleen writes award-winning mysteries as well as historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy for educational television, a Society of Midland Authors Children's Fiction Award, a LOVEY Award for Best Traditional Mystery, an Anne Powers Prize for Best Fiction Book and five Arthur Tofte Juvenile Literature Awards from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, as well as an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations.

To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of her thirty-six published books.

Kathleen will be meeting attendees and signing her American Girl books, her Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mysteries, and her non-fiction history books, copies of which will be available for purchase.

The conference will be held at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, (formerly the Riverwalk Hotel), 123 East Wisconsin Avenue, in Neenah, WI. For registration and program details, visit the the WWA website.

Wisconsin Writers' Association

Oct 8th, 2017 (Sun)
  Scheduled Publication Date - Mining for Justice - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #8

Partial front book cover of Mining for Justice: Chloe Ellefson Mystery #8, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books.Today is the official publication date for Mining for Justice, the eighth book in the popular, Wisconsin-based, award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

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, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Google Play, Kobo, and others.

Oct 11th, 2017 (Wed)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Ruth Culver Community Library - Prairie du Sac WI

Logo of the Ruth Culver Community Library in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

Meet bestselling author of 20 American Girl books, including her award-winning stories about Caroline Abbott, the historical character she created for American Girl.

Kathleen's lively illustrated program will cover her newest AG book Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, as well as the Josefina, Kirsten, Kit, and Molly mysteries she has written. Kathleen will also share how she researches and writes books for American Girl.

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 Wednesday, October 11th. Her program is free and open to the public. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

Kathleen is the author of thirty-six published fiction and non-fiction books for adults and young readers. She has earned an Emmy for her work in children's educational television, and her American Girl books have received numerous Wisconsin and national awards. To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million copies of Kathleen's books.

Kathleen will return to the library this eveing to present her one-hour Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

Ruth Culver Community Library - (608) 643-8318 - 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, WI

Oct 11th, 2017 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Ruth Culver Community Library - Prairie du Sac WI

Logo of the Ruth Culver Community Library in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

Meet bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series 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 eight books featuring museum curator (and reluctant slueth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Kathleen will also talk about her just released eighth Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice, 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 7 PM, Wednesday, October 11th, 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 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 thirty-six published books.

Kathleen will also be at the library presenting her one hour American Girl Fans program for young readers (see event listing above).

Ruth Culver Community Library - (608) 643-8318 - 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, WI

Oct 13th, 2017 (Fri)
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  Author Signing - Heartland Fall Forum - Lombard IL

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 Mining For Justice, her eighth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery, on Friday, October 13th, starting at 1:00 PM, at the table of publisher Midnight Ink Books.

Attendence 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 - (630) 719-8000 - Westin Hotel - 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL

Oct 14th, 2017 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Launch Event - Mining For Justice - Old World Wisconsin - Eagle WI

Old World Wisconsin logo.Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series that feature protagonists who work at Old World Wisconsin and in the nearby Village of Eagle. Her just released eighth Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice, is set at the Pendarvis Historic Site in charming Mineral Point, WI, with an historic thread that takes place in the early 1800s there and in Cornwall, England.

On Saturday, October 14th, 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 The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read this summer 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 thirty-six published books.

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

Oct 17th, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Appearance & Signing - Books & Company Bookstore - Oconomowoc WI

Books & Company bookstore logo, Oconomowoc, WI.Oconomowoc's independent bookstore, Books & Company, has invited Kathleen to meet local readers and sign copies of her new Chloe Ellefson mystery, from 7-8 PM on Tuesday, October 17th.

Mining For Justice is the eighth book in this Wisconsin-based historic sites mystery series. This one focuses on Wisconsin’s early Cornish immigrants and mining history at Pendarvis, a state historic site in charming Mineral Point. The story takes place in the 1983 with an historical threat set during the 1820-1830s in Cornwall England and Mineral Point.

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 thirty-six published books.

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

Oct 20th, 2017 (Fri) -- Oct 22nd, 2017 (Sun)
  Author Apearance - Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival XXIII - Indianapolis IN

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival logo.This will be Kathleen's first time attending this popular Midwest crime writing festival. Details TBA.

Kathleen's appearance will come shortly after the release of Mining For Justice, the eighth book in her award-wining Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series

In addition to mysteries, Kathleen writes historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of her thirty-six published books. 

Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Society of Midland Authors Children's Literature Award, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and nominations for an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie awards.

And this summer her seventh Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, was broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio's popular Chapter A Day program.

Magna cum Murder Festival - (765) 285-8975 - Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN

Oct 24th, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series - Eau Claire Book Festival - Fall Creek WI

Festival graphic.Meet bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series 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 eight Chloe books (#9 comes out in 2018).

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 series about museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

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

This hour-long program starts at 7 PM, Wednesday, October 24th, 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 The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read this summer 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 thirty-six published books.

NOTE:  Tomorrow Kathleen will be presenting her Settler's Year program in Eau Claire (see below).

Fall Creek Public Library - (715) 877-3334 - 122 East Lincoln Avenue, Fall Creek, WI

Oct 25th, 2017 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
  Author Program - A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life in Wisconsin - Eau Claire Book Festival - Eau Claire WI

Festival graphicJoin bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on a picturesque illustrated journey through the seasonal experiences that shaped the lives of Wisconsin's European and Yankee settlers. She will be the keynote speaker at the festival luncheon at Noon, on Wednesday, October 25th.

It's a trip Ernst that navigates well -- as both a former curator at Old World Wisconsin and as the author of A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons (Wisconsin Historical Society Press).

Afterwards she will be answering audience questions, and signing copies of her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Kathleen is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Larry Meiller Show, and this summer one of her books 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 Children's Literature Award from the Society of Midland Authors, an Anne Powers Prize for Best Fiction Book as well as five Arthur Tofte Juvenile Literature Awards from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and nominations for an Edgar Allan Poe and four Agatha Christie awards. To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million copies of Kathleen's thirty-six published books.

NOTE:  Kathleen is also the author of the popular, award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series, which she will be presenting a program about at the festival (see listing above).

Chippewa Valley Museum - (715) 834-7871 - 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire, WI

Oct 30th, 2017 (Mon) -- Nov 6th, 2017 (Mon)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #9 - Undisclosed Location

Gone Writing fall foliage graphic created by Scott Meeker.Kathleen and her writing companion Sophie the Feline Super-Muse will be away during this time, busy working at an undisclosed location on the as-yet-unnamed ninth book (due out fall 2018) in her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

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

Fly fingers, fly Kathleen! 

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

Nov 8th, 2017 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Middleton Public Library - Middleton WI

Color photo of the Middleton Wisconsin Public Library sign.Local bestselling author Kathleen Ernst returns to the Middleton Public Library to discuss her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, which is set at the Pendarvis historic site in Mineral Point, WI.

This is the eighth story in the series, and her thirty-sixth published book.

Kathleen's richly illustrated program will take the audience 'behind the scenes' to reveal the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the popular Wisconsin-based series, with emphasis on the new book.

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 books.

The program begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 8th, at the 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). NOTE: The library is requiring people to pre-register for this event by clicking HERE.

Kathleen is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read this summer 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 thirty-six published books.

Middleton Public Library - (608) 831-5564 - 7425 Hubbard St., Middleton, WI

Nov 16th, 2017 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Platteville WI

Platteville Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums logo.

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 worked with the museum's staff while researching her newest Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice, which is set in Mineral Point.)

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 eight books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

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 7 PM, Thursday, November 16th, at the Platteville Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums, 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 The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read this summer by Jim Fleming on WPR's 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 thirty-six published books.

Platteville Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums - (608) 348-3301 - 405 East Main St., Platteville, WI.

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