• “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 trying as hard as possible—with mixed results—NOT to go anywhere through the end of the 2016, 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.



October, 2016

October 21-23, 2016 (Fri.-Sun.) – SURREY, B.C., CANADA

Surrey International Writer’s Conference
Talks & Book Signings

Event website: http://www.siwc.ca/

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

I will be an attending author professional at the 24th annual Surrey International Writer’s Conference, which will be held from October 20 through the 23, 2016:

“The Surrey International Writers’ Conference is a workshop-based conference designed to make you a better writer and help you get published. If you’re already published, this is the place to hone your skills, learn more about markets and network for future sales.”


Registration will open in June, 2016, and is required for attendance. Rates for attending the conference will be listed on their website.

Keep in mind that the conference sold out in 2015!

Information on making hotel reservations is also on their website, which should also be done early to guarantee your room.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 – LOS ANGELES, CA

Pop-Fest 2016 is a two-day festival featuring entertainment celebrities including authors, showrunners, etc.

ew-popfest-logo-2016Diana will give a talk on stage on Sunday.

Purchased tickets are required. Prices vary, and begin at $49.

Pop-Fest website: http://www.ewpopfest.com

Event Host: Entertainment Weekly

The Reef
1933 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

ew-popfest-diana-2016Diana will be a guest author at Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest 2016, a three-day event. Note that Diana will be at PopFest on Sunday, October 30, ONLY. The PopFest website says she will give a talk on stage some time on Sunday. Please check the event’s website frequently for information including Diana’s schedule at the event, how to obtain a seat at her talk (you may need to get in line very early), other VIPs attending, etc.

All questions about the event should be directed to the event host and venue.

Description from the PopFest website:

“At this two-day event, you can immerse yourself in unique experiences and interact with your favorite celebrities across a variety of entertainment genres: TV, Movies, Music, Books, Gaming and more! Featuring exclusive conversations with today’s hottest stars, directors, showrunners, authors, comedians and musicians.”

Click here to read an article discussing EW’s PopFest


Tickets range in cost, and the PopFest website says that they start at $49 per person for one day. Two-day tickets range from $200 to $299 per person. Additional tickets may be required for evening concert events.

To buy tickets, Click here for ticketing information on eventbrite.com.

Or click on the "Tickets" link on the event’s website: http://www.ewpopfest.com

November, 2016

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 — SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Book signing for the new anthology, THE HIGHWAY KIND.

Event begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are not required. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Host and Venue:
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Event webpage on the Pen’s calendar.

2016-10-thehighwaykindDiana Gabaldon will join C.J. Box, Gary Phillips, and James Sallis to celebrate the release of THE HIGHWAY KIND: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads.

Edited by the Poisoned Pen’s own Patrick Millikin, this anthology contains NEW original short stories by Diana Gabaldon, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, C. J. Box, and Ace Atkins. This book is also presigned by Michael Connelly, and Patrick Millikin. Authors also in attendance, but not signing the book, will be Hank Phillippi Ryan and Linwood Barclay.

Diana’s story is set in historical Germany in 1938, and involves a race car and death. She credits her husband, Doug, for the idea and technical knowledge.

This special event will be held outside the Poisoned Pen in a tented seating area. Come enjoy food, refreshments, and fun!

You may purchase your copy of this new paperback book at the event ($15.95 per copy) for signing.

This event is free but ONLY copies of this book purchased at the event or in advance from the Poisoned Pen will be signed by Diana and the other authors. Please bring your receipt or proof of purchase for copies of the book purchased in advance.

Please do not bring other books from home to the event for signing.

Contact the Pen:

For questions, please contact the staff of The Poisoned Pen by phone in the U.S. at (480) 947-2974, or toll-free at (888) 560-9919. Or send email to: sales@poisonedpen.com

Click for more information about this event and the Poisoned Pen.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 — SCOTTSDALE, AZ

2016-09-makingofoutlanderAuthor talks and book signing with Diona Gabaldon and Tara Bennett!

Event begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are not required. This event is free and open to the public.

Free valet parking at the venue, and a cash bar will be available.

Event Host:
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Event webpage on the Pen’s calendar.

Event Venue: Updated!
Hilton Resort
6333 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

2016-09-bennett-tara-headshotDiana Gabaldon and Tara Bennett (at left) will appear together to discuss the new book, THE MAKING OF OUTLANDER: THE SERIES, THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SEASONS 1 & 2. This new book, written by Bennett, explores how episodes from the first two years of the STARZ TV series were made, including exclusive cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes information! The book has an introduction written by Diana, and is published in the U.S.A. by Penguin Random House.

Purchase your hardcover copy of this new book at the event ($50 per copy), signed in advance by Diana and Tara! Plenty of copies will be on hand.

Signing Line for Personalizations

The book will be signed by Tara and Diana in advance of the event. There will be an optional signing line for personalization, which means adding "To (your name)" to the book. Incriptions (additional words other than your name and the authors’ signatures) are not available at this event.

Note that admission to the personalization line comes ONLY with the purchase of THE MAKING OF OUTLANDER from The Poisoned Pen. If you purchased your book before the event, please bring your receipt.

Attendees who join the personalization line may bring one book from home for signing, in addition to their copy of THE MAKING OF OUTLANDER purchased from the Pen.

No posed or group photos are allowed but Pen staff will take a quick photo with you and the authors on request, with your phone or camera.

Can’t Attend? But Want A Signed Copy?

Can’t attend? No problem! Click here to order your signed copy of this book from the Poisoned Pen, who ships anywhere in the world!! Personalizations written by Diana in addition to her signature (such as “To Jill”) cannot be guaranteed; please limit these personalization requests to no more than FIVE words.

Contact the Pen:

For questions, please contact the The Poisoned Pen by phone in the U.S. at (480) 947-2974, or toll-free at (888) 560-9919. Or send email to: sales@poisonedpen.com

Click for more information about this event and the Poisoned Pen.

December, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016 – NEW YORK, NY

Authors Open House – Penguin Random House
All-day programming with Diana Gabaldon and many other authors.

prh-open_houseAll-day event: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Reserved seating. Tickets are required (see below). SOLD OUT!

If you did not obtain tickets, you may join the event’s wait list, in case more become available.

Penguin Random House
(Diana’s main publisher in the U.S.A.)

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
(Entrance on 68th Street between Lexington and Park)
New York, NY 10065

Three times a year, Penguin Random House holds their signature Open House event featuring authors that they publish. Diana Gabaldon will be appearing with authors Jodi Picoult, George Saunders, Trevor Noah, and many others!

Includes a full day of programming and a behind-the-scenes look at publishing at Random House. Each attendee will receive a Random House canvas tote bag filled with books and goodies (valued at $150) and a signed copy of BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah.

Food provided includes coffee and light breakfast, a boxed lunch, an afternoon reception with snacks and treats, and a wine tasting hosted by Rueda.


Tickets to this event are $85 per person, and went on sale at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, September 23, 2016. Tickets, offered for sale online, sold out in less than five minutes.

Many readers were trying to obtain tickets and became very disappointed when they could not get through. You may join the event’s wait list, in case more tickets become available.

2017 And Beyond…

No other appearances are scheduled and confirmed at this time. Please check this page frequently for updates!

General Information – Appearances

Please keep the following in mind:

  • 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!
  • Tickets may be free or require a fee which goes to the hosting organization or sponsor. Note that tickets for larger events may sell out very quickly once they become available.
  • I am always happy to sign and personalize your books at signing events. 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.

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 the Webmistress. More photos from this festival.

This page was last updated on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 7:42 p.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.