• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor


2012 AZ Ren Fest

I always enjoy meeting you guys, but I’m (still!) trying as hard as possible—with mixed results—NOT to travel much through 2018, 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.



April, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2016 – FLAGSTAFF, AZ

Celtic Tea – Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society
Tea social, reading by and book signing with Diana, and photo opportunities.

Tea begins at 11 a.m.

Everyone is invited! But PURCHASE OF TICKETS IN ADVANCE OF THE EVENT IS REQUIRED to attend! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible, as this event may sell out. See below for ticket details.

Event Hosts:
Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society (NACHS)

Event Venue:
The Kilted Cat
2640 W Kiltie Ln
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001

Would you like to meet Diana Gabaldon in person at a proper Celtic tea? Hear her read from her new book? Have several of your Outlander or Lord John books signed by Diana? Pose for a professional photo with Diana?

You’re invited to the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society’s annual Celtic Tea! Diana is the Guest of Honor. Tea, sandwiches, scones and sweets will be served to attendees. The event is open to non-members of NACHS, which means anyone who wants may buy a ticket. So grab out your best decorated hat and head for the beautiful mountains and forests of Flagstaff!

Also included at the event are a no-host bar and a hat contest (of course!). Strut your stuff with your own brand of milinery magic!

A reading and book signing with Diana will follow the tea, with a limit of two (2) books per person brought from home for Diana to sign. Northern Arizona University (Diana’s Alma Mater!) will have additional copies of Diana’s books available for sale, also.

Fundraising activities at the tea (which will cost extra) include a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit NACHS.

Ticket Information

Tickets purchased in advance are required, and are $80 per person.

Call Jude at (928) 606-6327 to order your ticket(s) or for more information.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards are accepted over the phone. (We are sorry, but online registration is not available.)

This event is expected to sell out! Come and enjoy some tea with Diana and people who love Celtic heritage and decorated hats!

(Note that this event is not listed on the NACHS website’s events listing. But it is featured in their April, 2018 newsletter that you may download.)

May, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – PHOENIX, AZ

Diana will be a guest author at Phoenix Comic Fest (for one day only).

Phoenix-comic-fest-2018Purchased membership to the Fest is required for entry to all events. (As always, buy early to ensure you obtain a membership.)

Event Host:
Phoenix Comic Fest
Webpage: https://phoenixcomicfest.com

Note from Diana’s Webmistress: As recently as last year, Phoenix Comic Fest was formerly called “Phoenix Comicon.”

Celebrate your inner nerd! Phoenix Comic Fest is a convention and expo that celebrates Fandom and pop culture. This year’s Fest features include pop culture actors, top comic book writers and artists, panels, programming, exhibitors, costuming, and more.

Note that as of March 27, Diana is not yet listed as a guest author on the Phoenix Comic Fest website, but she has confirmed she is going. Please check the Phoenix Comic Fest website for updates and her final schedule for the convention on May 26.

Graham McTavish, an actor from the Outlander TV series, is a guest at Phoenix Comic Fest, along with many other movie and TV stars such as William Shatner (Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series), Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)!

Description of what to expect from the Phoenix Comic Fest website:

“Phoenix Comic Fest brings your favorite movie and TV stars, comic book authors and artists, pop culture icons, and fandom celebrities right to you. Guest panels give you an opportunity to hear our guests talk about past, current, and upcoming projects, interact with their co-stars, and answer questions from the audience. Our guests also schedule time either before or after panels for photo ops and autographs for an additional fee. Photos and autographs are usually sold on a limited basis to accommodate the actor’s schedule, so be sure to buy yours early. Many of our guests stay through the weekend, but some are only here for one day, so make sure you plan your schedule around their appearances.”

Memberships and Tickets:

You may buy a Saturday-only membership, the day Diana will be at the Fest, or purchase a membership for all three days of the convention. Prices vary, and often sell out. For information on available memberships, go to:


Note that autographs and photo ops cost extra, and limited tickets are sold for each celebrity! Be sure to purchase these if you wish them, too.

June, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

July, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

August, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

September, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

October, 2018

October 19-21, 2018 – SURREY, BC

Diana Gabaldon will be a guest author at the annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC).

A paid registration is required for the conference. Details are below.

Event Host:
Southwest International Writers’ Conference
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Event Venue:
To be announced.

surrey-typewriterAre you an aspiring author who wants to learn how to get published from industry experts? Diana has again agreed to be one of the authors at the 26th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference from October 19-21, 2018, a workshop-based conference with a focus on development of skills and industry-based knowledge.

Multiple workshops are held at the conference in which attendees learn about the publishing industry from professionals including multiple authors and agents. Rub elbows with the pros and get their feedback on your work!

Diana has been a guest author at this annual conference in previous years, too, hosting workshops and giving talks, signing books, and serving as a judge at the Writing Contest.

Surrey is located very near and southeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s scenic west coast, is near the Canada-U.S.A. border, and is about 150 miles north of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

SiWC Registration

2017-SiWC-Ellen_Cook-DianaRegistration details for the 2018 Southwest International Writers Conference will be released some time in June, 2018 on the SIWC website.

In the photo at left, Eileen Cook and Diana talk writing at the 2017 SiWC. Credit: SiWC.

A paid conference registration is required to attend any of the workshops, talks, book signings, panels, or other events. (The only exceptions are Master Classes held on Thursday before the conference; persons who are and those who are not attending the main conference may sign up for those.)

2017-SiWC-authorsIn the photo at right, bestselling authors Jack Whyte, Michael Slade, Robyn Harding, Eileen Cook and Diana Gabaldon answer questions during the 2017 SiWC. Credit: SiWC.

Registration fees for 2018 have not yet been announced. Last year (2017), the registration cost per person for the full three-day conference ranged from $499 to $649. One-day passes ranged from $250 to $350 per day. The program for young authors was $75. In 2017, Master Classes on Thursday were $125 for conference attendees and $159 for those not signed up for the conference. (From Diana’s Webmistress: Sorry, but I am not sure if these 2017 prices were in Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars. Probably Canadian…) If you plan to attend, keep in mind that all types of memberships sold out in 2017, and may sell out in advance in 2018.

Writing Contest

2017-SIWC-contest-winnerEach year at SiWC a writing contest is held, and will open for 2018 entries on April 1, 2018. In previous years, the dozen or so best shortlisted stories were read and judged by Diana and Jack Whyte. The awards are given out at SiWC in October. Winners have the option of publishing their stories in Pulp Literature magazine.

In the photo at right, author judges Jack Whyte and Diana Gabaldon are shown giving writing award in October, 2013, to Jennifer Manuel, center, the first entrant ever to tie with herself for first place. Photo credit: SIWC blog.

The main prize winner in 2017 received $1,000 (in Canadian dollars), which is about $775 in U.S. dollars. The entry fee in 2017 for authors was $15 (Canadian).

Details for the 2018 SiWC Writing Contest will be posted (presumably some time before April 18) at:



There are two types of scholarships available to help attend SiWC:

The SiWC Diversity Scholarship hopes to make SiWC accessible to an attendee who would not otherwise be able to attend. It is open to any writer, age 19 and over, who requires financial assistance to attend SiWC and self-identifies as having a diverse experience, including, but not limited to, being a person of colour; gender diversity; LGBTQIA; belonging to an ethnic, cultural, or religious minority; and/or being a person with a disability.

Aspiring writers who are 15 to 22 years old may apply for the Tan Seagull Scholarships For Young Authors, which awards one full three-day conference membership, and two one-day passes to the Young Authors program.

Attendee and Hotel Information:

Those thinking about attending should explore the SiWC webpages for hotel and other information at:


SiWC Contact Information:

SiWC Email Contact: info@siwc.ca

November, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

December, 2018

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 Friday, April 20, 2018, at 10:13 p.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.