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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 10th, 2019 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Author Program and Signing - Heritage Hill State Park - Green Bay WI

Heritage Hill State Park at Green Bay Wisconsin logo.Join bestselling Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst at Heritage Hill State Historic Park for their Women's History Celebration in honor of the the 100th Anniversary of Wisconsin ratifying the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Kathleen will be at the park Saturday, August 10th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM talking about the strong, independent, capable women featured in her Chloe Ellefson mysteries, especially the ninth book, The Lacemaker's Secret, set at the Belgian Farm at Heritage Hill and the nearby Belgian-American community in southern Door County.  

Books Signing - 10 AM to Noon - The Belgian Farm - Kathleen will greet readers and explain the major role that the farm plays in her most recent mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret. Copies of the current Chloe Ellefson Mystery books will be available for purchase.

Chloe Ellefson Program - 12:30 to 1:30 PM - Heritage Hill Education Center lower level - Kathleen will take readers 'behind the scenes' to reveal the experiences and places that inspired the soon-to-be ten Chloe Ellefson mysteries, with a special focus on The Lacemaker's Secret.

Books Signing - 1:45 to 4:00 PM - The Belgian Farm - Kathleen will greet readers and explain the major role that the farm plays in her most recent mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret.  Copies of the current Chloe Ellefson Mystery books will be available for purchase.

These events are open to the public.

Heritage Hill State Park - (920) 448-5150 - 2640 S Webster Ave, Green Bay, WI

Aug 17th, 2019 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Author Signing - Fair Isle Books - Washington Island WI

Fair Isle Books on Washington Island Wisconsin logo.

Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, and get autographed copies of her Chloe stories, including Washington and Rock Island-based The Lightkeeper's Legacy, and The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and Door County, Wisconsin.

And ask Kathleen about Chloe #10, Fiddling With Fate, set for release September 8th.

This free public signing will run from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, on Saturday, August 17th.


Fair Isle Books - (920) 847-2565 - 1885 Detroit Harbor Road, Washington Island, WI

Sep 5th, 2019 (Thu)
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
  Author Interview - The Larry Meiller Show - Wisconsin Public Radio - Ideas Network

Wisconsin Public Radio The Larry Meiller Show logo.

Kathleen will be Larry's guest from 11:00 to 11:40 AM on Thursday, September 5th, discussing and taking calls from listeners about her Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, and her tenth Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate.

"After her mother's unexpected death, Chloe discovers hidden antiques that hint at family secrets. Determined to find answers, she accepts a consultant job in the Hardanger Fjord region of Norway, her ancestor's homeland.

Chloe's research reveals strong women and the importance of fiddle music in their lives. But folklore warns against "the devil's instrument" and old evils may yet linger among the fjords and mountains. As Chloe fine-tunes her search for the truth, a killer's obsession to stop her builds to a deadly crescendo."

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 Fiddling With Fate book page on Kathleen's website.

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

Sep 8th, 2019 (Sun)
  Official Publication Date - Fiddling With Fate - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10

Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate the 10th Chloe Ellefson Mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst.

Today is the official publication date for Fiddling With Fate, the tenth book in the popular, Wisconsin-based, award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

The story takes place in two time periods. The modern portion is set during May 1984 in Stoughton, Wisconsin and the Hardanger region of Norway. An earlier, historical thread is set also in Norway.

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, Google Play, Indigo, Kobo, Target, and others.

Sep 10th, 2019 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Launch Party - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 - 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 Fiddling With Fate , the tenth and newest book in her multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

Kathleen will be greeting Chloe fans, talking about the new book, and signing copies from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10th. There will be door prizes and plates of delicious book-themed Norwegian nibbles.

As a special treat, there will be a live performance of Hardanger fiddle music.

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 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-eight published book! 

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

Sep 11th, 2019 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Program - The Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Mandt Sons of Norway Lodge - Stoughton WI

Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge in Stoughton Wisconsin logo

Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mystery series written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries without explicit sex, violence, or gore. 

This will be the first time Kathleen shows her richly illustrated program taking readers 'behind the scenes' of her just released tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate. It begins and concludes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton, with the rest of the story set during the previous two centuries in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

Kathleen will also talk about the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the now ten books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna. And she will share 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 free, hour-long, public event begins at 7 PM on Wednesday, September 11th at Stoughton's Sons of Norway Lodge -- where a key scene in Fiddling With Fate is set. Afterwards Kathleen will answer audience questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Mandt Sons Of Norway Lodge - 317 South Page Street, Stoughton, WI

Sep 17th, 2019 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author Talk & Signing - Books & Company Bookstore - Oconomowoc WI

Logo of Books and Company bookstore in Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series, and get signed copies of her now ten Chloe books.

Kathleen will be talking about her new Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate. The story begins and concludes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton WI, with most of the book taking place during the previous two centuries in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

This free public talk and signing will run from 7-8 PM, on Tuesday, September 17th.

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

Sep 25th, 2019 (Wed) -- Sep 28th, 2019 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Author Talk & Signing - Norske Høstfest Scandinavian Festival - Minot ND

Logo of Norske Hostfest in Minot North Dakota

Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the multiple award-winning Chloe Ellefson mysteries, hear her share 'behind the scenes' details about them, and get autographed copies of her ten Chloe books.

The newest Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate, begins and concludes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton WI, with most of the story taking place during the previous two centuries in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

Kathleen is the festival's Featured Author.

On Wednesday the 25th she will be talking about the Chloe series at the Author's Corner in Helsinki Hall from 11:00 to 11:45 AM.  She will also be meeting readers and signing books (copies will be available for purchase) Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at her booth in the Festival Bookstore.

Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture and heritage of the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Norske Høstfest features world-class entertainment, authentic Scandinavian cuisine, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, plus a fine dining establishment lead by guest chefs.

Høstfest is North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, with 50,000 people attending from all over the world.

Norske Høstfest - (701) 852-2368 - North Dakota State Fairgrounds, 2005 Burdick Expy E, Minot, ND

Oct 2nd, 2019 (Wed)
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Sons of Norway Idun Lodge - Madison WI

Sons of Norway Idun Lodge in Madison Wisconsin logo

Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mystery series written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries without explicit sex, violence, or gore. 

This will be the first showing in Madison for Kathleen's richly illustrated program taking readers 'behind the scenes' of her just released tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate. It begins and concludes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton, with the rest of the story taking place during the previous two centuries in the Hardanger region of Norway.

As a special treat, the program will include a live performance of Hardanger fiddle music.

Kathleen will also talk about the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the now ten books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna. And she will share 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 free, hour-long, public event on Wednesday, October 2nd will begin at 7:30 PM following a meeting of Madison's Sons of Norway Idun Lodge. Afterward her program Kathleen will answer audience questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Idun Lodge - Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago St, Madison, WI

Oct 5th, 2019 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Signing Books Where Chloe Works - Old World Wisconsin - near Eagle WI

Old World Wisconsin logo.

Meet bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, creator of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mysteries featuring protagonists Chloe—a reluctant sleuth who works at Old World—and her romantic partner Roelke McKenna—a cop in the Village of Eagle.

Kathleen will be signing her new, tenth Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate. It begins and concludes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton WI, with most of the story taking place during the previous two centuries in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

On Saturday, October 5th, Kathleen will be greeting visitors and signing her Chloe books from Noon to 5 PM in the Old World museum store. Copies of all her Chloe mysteries will be available for purchase, as well as her non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, which is illustrated with beautiful photos of Old World Wisconsin taken by Loyd Heath.

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.)

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

Oct 8th, 2019 (Tue)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Fox Cities Book Festival - Kaukauna WI

Fox Cities 2019 Book Festival logo

Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mystery series written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries without explicit sex, violence, or gore. 

This will be the first showing in the Fox Valley of Kathleen's richly illustrated program taking readers 'behind the scenes' of her just released tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate. The story begins and ends in Wisconsin and features Chloe and Roelke visiting Norway - home of her ancestors.

Kathleen will also talk about the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the now ten books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna. And she will share 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 free, hour-long, public event is sponsored by the Fox Cities Book Festival. Kathleen's program begins at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, October 8th, at the Kaukauna Public Library. Afterwards Kathleen will answer audience questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Fox Cities Book Festival - Kaukauna Public Library, 207 Thilmany Rd #200, Kaukauna, WI

Oct 12th, 2019 (Sat)
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Pendarvis Historic Site - Mineral Point WI

Photo of the Pendarvis State Historic Site sign in Mineral Point Wisconsin

Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mystery series written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries without explicit sex, violence, or gore. 

This will be the first showing in Mineral Point of Kathleen's newly revised, richly illustrated program that takes readers 'behind the scenes' of her just released tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate. This story begins and concludes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton WI, with most of the book taking place during the previous two centuries in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

Kathleen will also talk about the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the now ten books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna. And she will share 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.

Kathleen is the author of Mining For Justice, the Chloe mystery set at Pendarvis and Mineral Point.

This free, hour-long, public event is on Saturday, October 12th at Pendarvis. Start and end times TBA. After her program Kathleen will answer audience questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Pendarvis Historic Site - (608) 987-2122 - 114 Shake Rag Street, Mineral Point, WI

Oct 19th, 2019 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Author Signing - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Janke Book Store - Wausau WI

Janke Book Store in Wausau Wisconsin logo

Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series, and get signed copies of her Chloe books.

Kathleen will signing her new tenth book in the series, Fiddling With Fate. The story begins and ends in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton WI, with most of it taking place during the previous two centuries in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

This free public signing will run from 11 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 19th, at Janke's -- the oldest books store in Wisconsin!

Join Kathleen for her first visit to Wausau in many years.

Janke Book Store - (715) 845-9648 - 505 Third Street, Wausau, WI

Oct 20th, 2019 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Author Talk & Signing - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Reader's Realm Gallery - Montello WI

Photo of Readers Realm Gallery in Montello Wisconsin

Meet Kathleen Ernst, the bestselling author of the award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series, and get signed copies of her Chloe books.

Kathleen will speak about her new tenth book in the series, Fiddling With Fate. The story begins and ends in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton WI, with most of it taking place during the previous two centuries in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

This free public talk and signing will run from 1-2 PM, Sunday, October 20th.

Kathleen's previous visit to Readers Realm Gallery was in back March when she spoke about The Lacemaker's Secret, her Chloe mystery about the Belgian community in Green Bay and Door County.

Readers Realm Gallery - (608) 297-2200 - 147 East Montello Street, Montello, WI

Oct 26th, 2019 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  Special Fiddling With Fate Celebration - Stoughton WI

Black and white photo by Solveig Lund of a young Norwegian bride in the Norske Folke Museum collection

Chloe was born and raised in the charming town of Stoughton, Wisconsin—where the new, tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, begins and ends. Chloe's backstory, everything that makes her unique, is rooted there. So what could be better than letting Chloe readers explore her heritage with people who are actively working to preserve Stoughton’s history and Norwegian cultural traditions?

To that end Kathleen has partnered with Stoughton's Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, with help from the Stoughton Historical Society, to create this unique event!

The celebration will begin at 3:00 PM, Saturday, October 26th. Attendees will visit the Society's museum to hear about Stoughton's history, Norwegian settlement, and its role in reviving the folk art of rosemaling (rose painting).

Then at the Mandt Lodge there will be a Norwegian Hardanger Embroidery demonstration, and a live performance of Hardanger fiddle music. Both of these art forms are woven into the heart of the book. Afterwards there's a traditional Cod dinner and Norwegian dessert, and a richly illustrated program by Kathleen about the people, artifacts, and historic sites featured in Fiddling With Fate.

This is a ticketed event for which a $20 per person fee will be charged. Attendance will be limited so that everyone has an enjoyable experience. For details about how to register, click HERE.

Join Kathleen and Mr. Ernst in Stoughton for this very special Chloe Ellefson event!

Sons Of Norway-Mandt Lodge - 317 South Page Street, Stoughton, WI

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