Author’s Corner & The Bookstore is a place you won’t want to miss! Listen to your favorite authors speak about their books, learn about their life experiences, and hear them read excerpts from books in the Corner. Or go talk with your authors and get your book signed in the Norsk Høstfest Bookstore.
2021 Featured Authors
Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst fell in love with Scandinavian heritage and folk traditions while working at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor living history museum that focuses on the lives of 19th century immigrants to the Midwest. At the site she served first as an interpreter, then as curator of education and collections. Her experience in the museum world led to the creation of the Chloe Ellefson series of traditional mysteries. Over the course of ten books, Chloe’s fictional vocation as curator of collections has taken her to many real museums and historic sites, including Old World Wisconsin, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and Norway’s Hardanger Folk Museum. As a novelist, Kathleen Ernst hopes the Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series shines a bit of lamplight on stories that might otherwise be forgotten—especially those of everyday women who faced extraordinary challenges. Kathleen has also had two nonfiction books published, and she’s scripted instructional videos for public television. Her historical fiction for young readers includes twenty titles for American Girl—one a mystery about Swedish immigrant Kirstin Larson. To date 1.75 million print, audio, and ebook copies of her thirty-eight books have been purchased. Honors for Kathleen’s work include an Emmy Award, Agatha and Edgar nominations, and a Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.