I always enjoy meeting you guys, but I’m (still!) trying as hard as possible—with mixed results—NOT to travel much through the end of 2017, so I can stay home and get the next book written. <wry g>
This webpage is my official list of my upcoming public appearances. It is updated as information becomes available for release. For the most current information about an event, please consult the event host’s webpage listed here.
If you have questions about—or problems with—obtaining tickets for an event, please contact the listed host organization of the event. All ticket sales are handled by event organizers and their ticket brokers.
Please keep in mind that many events will sell out quickly, sometimes in only hours—or even minutes!—after the tickets are released for sale.
Friday-Sunday, August 25-27, 2017 – ALBUQUERQUE
New!Diana will be an author guest at Bubonicon 49, a science fiction and fantasy convention. She will participate in panel discussions, book signings, and other events.
You may reserve a room in the convention hotel if you are visiting from out of town, or just want a crash space!
Bubonicon 49 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
For the latest information, to buy your membership, and for hotel reservations information, visit the Bubonicon Homepage:
The Albuquerque Marriott Uptown Hotel
2101 Louisiana Blvd NE (Louisiana & I-40)
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
Diana Gabaldon will be an author guest at Bubonicon 49, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bubonicon is a fan-run convention that has been held since 1969, is the largest general-interest science fiction convention in New Mexico and among the oldest cons held in the Southwest. Come and have fun in Albuquerque!
This year’s theme for Bubonicon is Back in Time, (time travel), which of course is an integral part of Diana’s OUTLANDER series of books!
The Author Co-Guests of Honor for 2017 at Bubonicon 49 are authors C.J. Cherryh and Sherwood Smith. In addition to hearing Diana on panels, you can also hear other fabulous authors speak!
C.J. Cherryh is a true giant in the science fiction and fantasy fields, beginning with GATE OF IVREL (her first book published by DAW in 1977). Cherryh is one of the most celebrated writers in science fiction and fantasy. Two science-fiction novels from her Alliance-Union universe, CYTEEN (1988) and DOWNBELOW STATION (1981) won Hugo awards for excellence, among many other awards and accolades. Ms. Cherryh, who has a Master’s Degree in Classics from Johns Hopkins, weaves together politics, languages, history and psychology in her works, and is especially known for world-building. GATE OF IVREL is the first of four books in the celebrated Morgaine series which feature futuristic alien space-time gates as viewed by a man from a sword-wielding culture that would fit into actual history as well as the fantasy genre. Cherryh’s characters and societies are richly drawn and engrossing. Her other book series include the Foreigner, Alliance-Union, Company Wars, Chanur, and Fortress series. Homepage: http://www.cherryh.com.
Sherwood Smith is an American fantasy and science fiction writer for young adults as well as adults. A Nebula Award finalist, Smith’s works include the young adult novel CROWN DUEL. Smith also collaborated with Dave Trowbridge in writing the Exordium series and with Andre Norton in writing two of the books in the Solar Queen universe. In 2001, her short story “Mom and Dad at the Home Front” was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Her book, WREN’S WAR, was an Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor Book, and it and THE SPY PRINCESS were Mythopoeic Fantasy Award finalists. Homepage: http://www.sherwoodsmith.net.
Other honored guests: The 2017 Bubonicon Toastmaster will be author and artist Ursula Vernon. Guest artist is Elizabeth Leggett. Dr. Kathleen Kitts will serve as Science Speaker.
Other Bubonicon Fun:
Con activities at Bubonicon you can enjoy with your paid membership will also include a Costume Contest (and masquerade!), a science fiction and fantasy art show and auction, gaming, a dealers’ room (aka “huckster” room) which has all kinds of books and other merchandise such as Peri Charlifu’s wonderful pottery, and the Green Slime Awards. You’ll have lots of opportunities to make new friends and have fun!
To attend Bubonicon, you need to purchase a membership to be admitted to any of the panels, talks, or other activities. When you first arrive at the con, proceed to the Registration Desk in the hotel to pick up your membership badge, which you wear during the con to indicate you have paid your membership and for entry to everything on the con schedule. You can buy a membership for all three days (the best value) or individual one-day memberships.
Memberships for the entire convention are $40 for adults through August 5! They will be $45 at the door. Youth Passes (14-17 Years of Age) are $23.00 for the entire weekend. Note that sometimes cons sell out… if you are planning on attending, be sure to buy your membership as early as possible!
Daily rates for adults are $15 for Friday only, $25 for Saturday only, and $15 for Sunday only. Note that if you plan to hear Diana on panels or get your books signed, her schedule will not be available until the Bubonicon organizers release the final schedule, so we cannot tell you which days you should attend.
Click here to register on the Bubonicon website and pay for your membership.
Bubonion will be held at the Albuquerque Marriott Uptown. If you are coming from out of town and wish to reserve a room in the con hotel, the special Buboicon rates for the hotel are $99 per day for a quad (4-person) room with included Wi-Fi. To receive the special Bubonicon rates at the hotel, you must make your reservations by Monday, August 4, 2017!
For more hotel information and reservation instructions: http://bubonicon.com/hotel/
Saturday, September 2, 2017 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Diana will be a featured author at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Open to the public.
17th Library of Congress National Book Festival Website: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/
Festival Information Page: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/information/
Washington Convention Center
Diana Gabaldon will be a featured author at the National Book Festival on September 2, 2017. Please consult the festival’s website for information on Diana’s participation and schedule.
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. It was created by First Lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had also created the Texas Book Festival. Since the first National Book Festival in 2001, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States.
Diana was a featured author at previous National Book Festivals in 2002, 2005, and 2010.
Friday-Sunday, September 8-10, 2017 – DENVER, COLORADO
Diana Gabaldon will be one of three published authors honored as keynote speakers at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference.
Other activities that Diana will participate in at this conference have not yet been finalized. See the event website below for current information.
Event Website and Registration:
The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Conference is designed for aspiring writers, and features keynote speeches featuring published authors, as well as opportunities to meet with authors, agents and other publishing professionals.
Registration is required to attend all events at the conference. (See below.)
From the conference website:
“Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the U.S. and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry’s top agents and editors. Programming focuses on the following key areas such as craft improvement, genre knowledge, career management, industry savvy, and continuing education and professional development for published authors.
“Whether you’re new to the idea of becoming a writer or you’re a veteran published author, whether you hope to pursue a traditional publishing contract with a big New York publishing house or launch a self-publishing venture, you’re sure to find the skills, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and support you need at Colorado Gold.”
Registration for the conference opens on May 1, 2017, and attending will cost from $374 to $499, depending on when you register, plus any “add-ons” such as special pitch sessions or critiques of your work by professional authors or agents. Costs for your hotel room are not included in the conference registration fee.
See the event website for information on making your hotel reservations at the conference rate, if you plan to attend and stay in the venue hotel.
Sunday, September 10, 2017 – WINSTON-SALEM, NC
Diana will give the closing keynote lecture at the Bookmarks 2017 Festival of Books and Authors.
Paid tickets are required. (See below.)
Bookmarks, an independent, non-profit bookstore
R.J. Reynolds Auditorium
301 Hawthorne Road Northwest
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104
Diana will give the closing keynote lecture at the 2017 Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. This year, more than 40 authors and multiple activities, talks, and events for adults and children who love to read are planned, and the festival will be held from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10. (Note that Diana will be at the Festival only on Sunday to deliver her closing keynote talk.)
This books and authors festival is the largest in the Carolinas, and this is its 13th year. Though purchased tickets are required for some events at the Festival, most scheduled on the four days are free. Check out the Festival’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage and a press release. (Diana is not listed in the release because it was written before she was invited to give the closing keynote address.)
Tickets for the closing speech featuring Diana are expected to sell out very quickly, so please buy yours ASAP to avoid disappointment. Ticket prices for the two types still available are:
- General admission ticket: $16 per person
- General admission ticket which includes a hardcover copy of SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL (signed by Diana!): $28 per person
All general-admission tickets are open seating, which means first-come, first-served (i.e., get there early!).
Tickets may be purchased online, by telephone, or in person:
- Click here to buy your tickets online.
- Call (336) 747-1471 to purchase over the phone.
- Or stop by Bookmarks in person at 634 W. Fourth Street, #110 to buy your tickets.
If you are coming to the festival from out of town, note that Bookmarks has a special visitor package available. Contact Bookmarks for details.
For more information, contact Bookmarks by phone: (336) 747-1471. Or by email: email@example.com. Or in person; Bookmarks is at 634 W. Fourth Street, #110 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
October 19 through 22 (Thursday – Sunday) – SURREY, B.C., CANADA
Diana will be an author guest, writing instructor and workshop presenter.
SiWC homepage: http://www.siwc.ca
Paid membership is required to attend and participate in this conference (details below).
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
Canada V3R 1N5
(See ‘Hotel Information’ below for information on making your hotel reservations.)
Diana will be an author instructor and presenter at the 25th Annual International Surrey Writiers’ Conference (SiWC) in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, from October 19th through the 22nd. SiWC is designed for aspiring authors, and features over 80 writing workshops, panel discussions, night-owl events, and a writing contest. Presenters include professional authors, editors, and publishing agents. From the SiWC website:
“The Surrey International Writers’ Conference is a workshop-based conference with a focus on development of skills and industry-based knowledge. From beginning writer to widely published, this is the place to hone your skills, learn more about markets and network future sales.”
Diana Gabaldon’s Presentations and Workshops:
As of June 15, 2017, Diana’s schedule at the conference is:
Thursday Oct 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Dialog Master Class:
Dialog Master Class Description: “You can’t have a great book without great dialogue. Join multi-bestselling author and longtime SiWC presenter Diana Gabaldon for a look at what works—and doesn’t—in dialogue and how to make the most of this essential aspect of any novel. Examples for discussion will be drawn from multiple sources by a variety of authors.”
Sunday, Oct. 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:14 a.m.: How do they DO that? (Workshop)
Diana’s SiWC information and schedule page: http://www.siwc.ca/presenters/gabaldon-diana/
SiWC Registration and Membership Costs:
You must register and purchase a 2017 SiWC membership to attend and participate. Note that all prices for the conference and hotel reserations are listed in Canadian Dollars (CAD), and do not include taxes.
Membership fees for the three-day workshop range from $479 to $625 (CAD). Some one-day memberships are also available.
To attend the Dialog Master Class, taught by Diana, on Thursday, October 19, a paid conference registration/membership is required plus an additional $119 (CAD) per person.
To register online and for more information on pricing:: http://www.siwc.ca/pricing/
Note that SiWC membership fees do NOT include your hotel costs. (See ‘Hotel Information’ below.)
SiWC Hotel Information:
The 2017 Surrey International Writers’ Converence will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel:
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
Canada V3R 1N5
The Sheraton is a 100 percent non-smoking facility.
Click here to book your hotel room online at the special SiWC discounted room rate.
Or call the hotel’s reservation phone number at (888) 627-8063, and be sure to ask for the SiWC discounted rate.
Reservations for discounted hotel rates for SiWC are available until September 18, 2017, and are subject to availability. Note that the hotel reservations usually sell out very early for SiWC, so make your reservations early!
SiWC Contact Information:
For more information about the 2017 SiWC, visit the SiWC website: http://www.siwc.ca
For your questions, send email or snail mail to:
Surrey International Writers’ Conference Society
151 – 10090 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V3R 8X8
No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.
No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.
General Information – Appearances
Please keep the following in mind:
- If tickets are required for an event, they may be free or require a fee which goes to the hosting organization or sponsor. Tickets for ALL events featuring Diana usually sell out very quickly once they become available.
- Sometimes Diana’s Webmistress doesn’t receive information and details about events in a timely manner, and can’t post what she doesn’t have. Event hosts featuring Diana are strongly encouraged to notify Diana’s Webmistress when they post an event with Diana, and also dates when tickets will go on sale so that readers will be kept informed.
- PLEASE CHECK WITH THE HOSTING ORGANIZATION OR SPONSOR of an appearance or event OFTEN for the latest information, ticketing, venue changes, policies and updates! This list is provided as a convenience and my webmistress works hard to keep it current, but it may not always be perfectly up-to-date.
- If you have questions about an appearance or need more details, please contact the host organization or sponsor listed, not myself or my staff. The hosts or sponsors do the event planning and have all the answers. Thanks!
- Diana is always happy to sign and personalize your books at signing events as time allows. However, note that some events and venues may require a book purchase or have a limit on how many books you can bring from home for signing. Please check with the event host or sponsor if details are not listed on this webpage.
Photo caption, top-right photo: Diana signing a book for a reader at Lady Chamberlain’s Bookshop during the 2012 Arizona Renaissance Festival. Photo by Diana’s Webmistress. More photos from this festival.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 12:55 a.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.