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I am thrilled to announce that I've been invited to serve as Writer-In-Residence by the Harpers Ferry Park Association and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park! I will be stationed at the park during the month of October.
My first novel, The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry, was published in 1996. I was both gratified and nervous when the Association invited me to hold a book signing at the park shop.
My first signing, 1996.

The park is nestled in the mountains at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. In my youth I spent many happy hours exploring the historic town, paddling the rivers, and hiking the hills. The area remains quite dear to me.

My primary task will be researching a new book. To learn more about my goals for the residency, click here.

   Food Traditions Writing Workshop 

Calling everyone who likes to eat! I'm collaborating with the Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in historic Mineral Point, WI, to offer a workshop favorite.
Food Traditions: Remembering & Writing will be held
Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Precious family stories are often shared around the table, and many involve special recipes themselves. This in person workshop will help participants recall, record, and celebrate food traditions from their family or community. 
For more info, and to sign up, visit the registration page.
  Other Events

Chloe Ellefson Tour of the Hanka Homestead - In Person 
Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:00 pm
Explore the setting for The Weaver's Revenge with me and experts on the site's restoration, Finnish-American rag rugs, and the Hanka family. Please register for this free event.
NOTE:  My tour, the restorationist's tour, and the rag rugs talk will be outdoors. Experienced guides will be available for those who wish to explore inside the buildings. 
Central Wisconsin Book Festival - In Person
Saturday, September 18 - Time and location TBD
Enjoy my program focused on the 11th Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Weaver's Revenge. For Festival details, visit their website
Fiddling With Fate Program - Online
Saturday, September 25 - Time TBD
This free, illustrated program will feature the places and artifacts featured in the 11th Chloe Ellefson mystery. Attendees can also learn about the upcoming trip to Norway! (See below). Hosted by the Mount Horeb Area Historica Society.  
Folk Art, Fjords, & Fiddles: Norway Tour - In Person
May 15 - 25, 2022
Join me as we retrace Chloe and Roelke's Fiddling With Fate journey through Norway. We'll also explore Oslo, Bergen, and more! For itinerary, insurance, and registration information, visit our travel agency, Borton Overseas, with additional information on the trip's webpage
  Coming Full Circle 
I moved to Wisconsin in 1982, and have never regretted it! My life, and most of my stories, are now deeply rooted here in Midwestern soil. Nonetheless, I'm honored to come full circle by returning to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park twenty-five years after that first signing.
Me at "the ferry" in 2012.
I'm also excited with the prospect of sharing some lesser-known aspects of this special place with readers! Stay tuned.
 Warm Regards,
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Chloe Ellefson          Non-Fiction           Young Readers
Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes mysteries, historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers, and poetry.  
Over the years Kathleen's work has earned many honors, including an Emmy for Children's Educational TV, a Daughters of the American Revolution National Award for Literature... 
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...a Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Sterling North Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, plus Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations . . . and more.
To date nearly 1.8 million audio, ebook, and print copies have been bought of her 40 published books. For details, click HERE.
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