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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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Jan 3rd, 2018 (Wed)
  Release Date - Large Print Verson of Mining For Justice - 8th Chloe Ellefson Mystery Book

Partial front cover of Mining For Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by Kathleen Ernst.Today is the official publication date for the large print hardcover format of 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 from a wide variety of vendors, including Independent bookstores, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


 

Jan 8th, 2018 (Mon) -- Jan 13th, 2018 (Sat)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #9 - Undisclosed Location

Gone Writing graphic featuring snow covered tree branches. Graphic by Scott Meeker.Kathleen will be away this week working on the manuscript for the nineth book in her popular, award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

This as yet untitled story is under contract to Midnight Ink Books for publication in the fall of 2018.

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

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

Jan 24th, 2018 (Wed)
4:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - L.D. Fargo Public Library - Lake Mills WI

Color photo of the L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills, 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 eight 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, Mining For Justice, which is set in Mineral Point, WI. 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 4 PM, Wednesday, January 24th, at the .L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills, 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, A Memory of Muskets, 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.

NOTE:  Kathleen will be staying at the library to take part in a potluck after which she will present her "Asparagus and Barley Groats: Wisconsin's Pioneer Foodways" program for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

L.D. Fargo Public Library - (920) 648-2166 - 120 East Madison Street, Lake Mills, WI

Jan 24th, 2018 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Author Program - Wisconsin Pioneer Foodways - L.D. Fargo Public Library - Lake Mills WI

Color photo of the L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.Meet bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and enjoy her popular illustrated “Asparagus and Barley Groats: Pioneer Wisconsin Foodways” program starting at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 24th.

Kathleen's presentation is based on information she uncovered while doing research for her nonfiction history book A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons (Wisconsin Historical Society Press).

Additional details about her hour-long program will be provided later.

Afterwards Kathleen will answer audience questions, give away door prizes, and sign books (copies of A Settler's Year, and her American Girl books and her Chloe Ellefson mysteries will be available for purchase). Access to this program is free and open to the public.

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 thirty-six published books have received numerous Wisconsin and national awards. To date readers have purchased over 1.7 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of Kathleen's books.

NOTE:  Kathleen will be at the library this afternoon to present her free, public "American Girl Fans" program (see event listing above).

L.D. Fargo Public Library - (920) 648-2166 - 120 East Madison Street, Lake Mills, WI

Feb 4th, 2018 (Sun) -- Feb 10th, 2018 (Sat)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe #10 - Undisclosed Location

Gone Writing graphic featuring snow covered tree branches. Graphic by Scott Meeker.Kathleen will be away this week working on the manuscript for the tenth book in her popular, award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

This as yet untitled story is being developed for publication in the fall of 2019.

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

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

Feb 21st, 2018 (Wed)
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Muscoda Public Library - Muscoda WI

Logo of the Muscoda Public Library in Muscoda, Wisconsin. Photo from the library's website in October 2017.

Meet Kathleen 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 now eight Chloe books featuring Old World Wisconsin collections curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her Village of Eagle WI police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

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

This hour-long program starts at 6 PM, Wednesday, February 21st, and is free and open to the public, thanks to the library. Afterwards Kathleen will answer audience questions, award door prizes, and sign 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, A Memory of Muskets, was read this summer 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. This will be Kathleen's first visit to the library.

Muscoda Public Library -(608) 739 3510 - 400 North Wisconsin Avenue, Muscoda, WI

Feb 24th, 2018 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Muskego Public Library - Muskego WI

Logo of the Muskego Wisconsin Public Library.Meet Kathleen Ernst, 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, and 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 11 AM on Saturday, February 24th. Kathleen's program is free and open to the public, thanks to the library. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

Kathleen is the author of numerous 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 thirty-six books.

NOTE:  Kathleen will also be at the library in the afternoon to present a program about her popular, award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

Muskego Public Library - (262) 971-2100 - S73W16663 Janesville Road, Muskego, WI

Feb 24th, 2018 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Elefson Mysteries - Muskego Public Library - Muskego WI

Logo of the Muskego Wisconsin Public Library.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 eight books featuring Old World Wisconsin curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her Eagle police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Her presentation will include details about her newest Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice, which is primarily set in Mineral Point, WI, with additional scenes in Cornwall, England and Palmyra, WI. 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, Saturday, February 24th, at the Muskego Public Library, and is free and open to the public, thanks to the library. 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, A Memory of Muskets, 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.

NOTE:  Kathleen will also be at the library to present her American Girl Fans program for young readers (see event listing above).

Muskego Public Library - (262) 971-2100 - S73W16663 Janesville Road, Muskego, WI

Feb 28th, 2018 (Wed)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Edgerton Public Library - Edgerton WI

Edgerton Wisconsin Public Library logo.Meet Kathleen Ernst, 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, and 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, February 28th and will be Kathleen's very first program at the library. Her program is free and open to the public, thanks to the library. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

Kathleen is the author of numerous 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 thirty-six books.

NOTE:  Kathleen will also be at the library in the evening to present a program about her popular, award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

Edgerton Public Library - (608) 884-4511 - 101 Albion Street, Edgerton, WI

Feb 28th, 2018 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Edgerton Public Library - Edgerton WI

Edgerton Wisconsin Public Library 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'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 Old World Wisconsin curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her Eagle police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Her presentation will include details about her newest Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice, which is primarily set in Mineral Point, WI, with additional scenes in Cornwall, England and Palmyra, WI. 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 6:30 PM, Wednesday, February 28th, at the Edgerton Public Library, and is free and open to the public, thanks to the library. 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, A Memory of Muskets, was read last 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.

NOTE:  Kathleen will also be at the library to present her American Girl Fans program for young readers (see event listing above).

Edgerton Public Library - (608) 884-4511 - 101 Albion Street, Edgerton, WI

Mar 2nd, 2018 (Fri) -- Mar 4th, 2018 (Sun)
  Author Workshop - Exploring Your Heritage: A Writing Sampler Weekend - Decorah IA

Logo of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.Do you cherish family stories, and want to preserve them? Have you always wanted to try creative writing, or to take your writing to a deeper level? Are you curious about your ancestors—known or unknown—and looking to discover more? This workshop will introduce participants to several types of writing, including poetry, memoir, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Students will enjoy a variety of short writing activities designed to help capture memories or explore what interests them most about their unique family, ethnic group, or community heritage. Inspired by Vesterheim’s rich collections, or whatever personal memories or heirlooms they wish to explore, you will leave with drafts of several poems, character sketches, essays, or short stories.

Kathleen will be leading this 3-day workshop from Friday, March 2nd to Sunday the 4th. It is sponsored by and will be held at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA. Attendance is limited and there is a fee. For registration information, call the number listed below. 

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - (563) 382-9681 X 215 - 502 W. Water St., Decorah, IA

Mar 13th, 2018 (Tue)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans Tea Party - Johnson Public Library - Darlington WI

Color photo of the Johnson Public Library in Darlington, Wisconsin. Photo from the library's website in September 2017.Meet Kathleen Ernst, 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, and 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, March 13th. It will be Kathleen's first ever visit to the Johnson Public Library. Her program and the Tea Party are free and open to the public. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

Kathleen is the author of numerous published fiction and non-fiction books for young readers and adults. 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 thirty-six published 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).

Johnson Public Library - (608) 776-4171 - 131 East Catherine Street, Darlington, WI

Mar 13th, 2018 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Johnson Public Library - Darlington WI

Color photo of the Johnson Public Library in Darlington, Wisconsin. Photo from the library's website in September 2017.

Meet Kathleen 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 now eight Chloe books featuring Old World Wisconsin curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her Eagle police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Kathleen will also talk about her newest Chloe adventure, 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, Tuesday, March 13th, 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). This will be Kathleen's first ever visit to the Johnson Public Library.

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

NOTE:  Kathleen will also be at the library presenting her one hour American Girl Fans program for young readers during a Tea Party sponsored by the library (see event listing above).

Johnson Public Library - (608) 776-4171 - 131 East Catherine Street, Darlington, WI

Mar 27th, 2018 (Tue)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  Author Program - American Girl Fans - Salem Community Library - Salem WI

Photo of the Salem Community Library in Salem Wisconsin. Photographer unknown.Meet Kathleen Ernst, 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, and 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 3:30 PM on Tuesday, March 27th. This will be Kathleen's very first visit to the Salem Library. Her program is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the library's Friends group. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up and bring their dolls.

Kathleen is the author of numerous 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 thirty-six published books.

NOTE:  Kathleen will also be at the library to present a program about her popular, award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series for adults and mature teens (see event listing below).

Salem Community Library - (262) 843-3348 - 24615 89th Street, Salem, WI

Mar 27th, 2018 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Salem Community Library - Salem WI

Photo of the Salem Community Library in Salem, Wisconsin. Photographer unknown.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 eight books featuring Old World Wisconsin curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her Eagle police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Her presentation will include details about her newest Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice, which is primarily set in Mineral Point, WI, with additional scenes in Cornwall, England and Palmyra, WI. 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 6:30 PM, Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at the Salem Community Library. This will be Kathleen's first visit the library. Her program is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the library's Friends group. 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, A Memory of Muskets, was read last 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.

NOTE:  Kathleen will also be at the library to present her American Girl Fans program for young readers (see event listing above).

Salem Community Library - (262) 843-3348 - 24615 89th Street, Salem, WI

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