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.
Sunday, October 7, 2018 – NEW YORK, NY
Updated! Panel and signing event at the New York Comic Con with Diana Gdbaldon.
A purchased entry badge to New York Comic Con (NYCC) is required. (Unfortunately, these may have been sold out before Diana was added to the program and confirmed on October 2, 2018.)
New York Comic Con
Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Click here for information on getting there and parking options.
From Diana on Oct. 2:
Come by and see me!
New info! NYCC has invited me to participate on a panel called “From Pages to Picture: Screenwriting Adaptations – Powered by the MPA”—to do with adaptation, screen-writing, etc. This panel begins at 10:00 a.m. on SUNDAY, October 7th, at the Shop Studio location, 528 W 39th St, New York, NY, which is apparently down the street from the Javitz Center. Other panelists with me will be Justin Cronin and Mike Mignola. (The panel ends at 11:00 a.m.) This panel is open to all NYCC Sunday badge holders, and a separate ticket is not required. Click here for panel information on the NYCC website.
The panel will be FOLLOWED BY a signing event with me at the Penguin Random House booth in the Javits Center (main venue at 655 West 34th Street), from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
See you in New York!
A Few Notes From Diana’s Webmistress:
Sorry, but the required purchased badges for entry to New York Comic Con on Sunday, October 7 were apparently already sold out way before Diana was added to the program.
Still want to hear Diana talk or attend one of her book signings? Every few weeks, check out Diana’s official appearances webpage at:
For Those Who Do Have NYCC Entry Badges…
Big conventions like NYCC can be a lot of giddy fun, with costumed fans everywhere, favorite actors and authors to see, and lots to do!
At NYCC, Ronald D. Moore, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Sophie Skelton from the Outlander TV series are also scheduled to appear, and are listed on the NYCC webpage. (As of Friday, October 5, Diana is not added yet on the NYCC official webpages as a literary guest, but she is definitely going.)
For those who DO have entry badges and it’s your first time, be aware that enjoying a huge convention (“con”) like NYCC requires:
- The NYCC webpages say you have to activate your badge before attending NYCC.
- Badges are important. DO NOT LOSE YOUR NYCC BADGE! Celebrity autograph or photo purchases and anything else you bought extra will be attached to this badge. Losing it means you can’t get in to the convention. So don’t forget it at home, either! Everything is connected to your badge, and badges “are non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be reproduced, resold or upgraded,” says the NYCC official website.
- Advance planning is essential. Be sure to log into the NYCC “My Show” feature, download the application (“app”) to your phone or tablet that NYCC recommends to access the convention schedule. The great part about digital convention schedules (instead of printed ones) is that any last-minute changes will show up right away on your phone or tablet! Please don’t wait until you arrive at the convention to make your initial plans, such as choosing what you want to see and do.
- For each panel, autograph line, or photo opportunity, you will likely have to GET TO THE LOCATION OR ROOM VERY EARLY and stand in line for a spot for EACH event! Having a purchased badge does NOT guarantee a seat at panels or a place in book signing lines, unless you bought special tickets or packages.
- Be alert and stay informed by watching constantly for schedule changes or other updates, both before the convention and while you are there. At these huge events, schedule changes, room numbers and plans can sometimes be fluid and change quickly or at the last minute, due to changing filming schedules of celebrity actors, room number changes, etc. Again, BE AWARE! Check the NYCC schedule frequently.
- For any questions or concerns, please check with NYCC staff at the event for details right away. If you don’t know where else to go, find the NYCC Information or Registration booths.
- Figure out where you are going to park your car in advance, if you are driving to the event, and whether or not you will have to pay for it. Have both cash and a debit card to pay the parking; some lots and garages accept one but not another. (I always locate several parking garages and other possible places before I go to an event, so I have backups.)
- Expect very Large Crowds—tens of thousands of people— or as my Mom used to say, “it will be wall-to-wall people.” It will likely awhile to get from one part of a convention to another, and busy elevators and escalators might require a wait. Major hallways in the venue may be packed with people, too. You need to figure this extra time into your schedule, too.
- Above all, read and follow ALL of the instructions on the event’s webpages and schedule, and plan in advance. At large media conventions like this, there are often special instructions and even additional fees for some events, such as signings and photo opportunities.
Those with disabilities should especially do some careful planning. Be prepared to walk or use your mobility device over long distances in the convention center.
It’s always a great thrill to meet people we admire! And to get a signed book or photo, or have a photo taken with your favorite author or actor, too. But please don’t be disappointed if you don’t get to spend a lot of time personally with your favorite authors and actors at these big conventions like NYCC. In an autograph line, you may have only the time it takes for him or her to say hello and sign their name. For photo opportunities with celebrities, you usually have only enough time to say hello and pose, then have to be off so the next fan can step up. Authors and actors may wind up signing several thousand autographs or posing for hundreds photos, which is why the time per person is so brief, to ensure everyone gets their chance.
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.
Southwest International Writers’ Conference
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
To be announced.
Are 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.
Registration details for the 2018 Southwest International Writers Conference will be released some time in June, 2018 on the SIWC website.
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.)
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.
Each 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: email@example.com
Sunday, October 28, 2018 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ
New! Come to a book release party celebrating the special 25th Anniversary Edition of VOYAGER! Diana will give a talk during the program, answer audience questions, and then a book signing with her will follow.
Doors open at 12:15 p.m.
A purchased ticket ($43 each) is required for each person. See below for details.
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Phone: (480) 947-2974
Toll Free: (888) 560-9919
Event Will Be Held At (Venue):
DoubleTree Hilton of Paradise Valley
5401 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
A new, special edition of VOYAGER will be released this October for the 25th anniversary of its first publication in the U.S.A.! Celebrate by coming to hear Diana Gabaldon speak about VOYAGER and her other Outlander and Lord John books.
Doors open at noon. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. Diana will give a talk for 45 minutes, then will answer questions from the audience for 15 minutes, followed by a book signing.
You must purchase a ticket for each person attending the event, which includes a one-hour program and book signing, both with Diana Gabaldon. Each entry ticket price ($43 per person) will include a copy of the new VOYAGER 25th Anniversary Edition ($40 value).
Click here to purchase your ticket(s) on the EventBrite website.
Note that events featuring Diana almost always sell out quickly! Please purchase as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Your ticket to the event guarantees a seat for you, but there are no reserved seats. You will choose your chair on a first-come, first-served basis once the doors open.
Why are the tickets purchased from the Pen required to attend? The tickets ensure that each ticket-holder will be guaranteed a seat at the event and a place in the book signing line with Diana. Events featuring Diana Gabaldon tend to be very popular, and can sell out quickly. The Pen wants to ensure that everyone who comes has a seat for her talk and a place in the signing line. Plus the ticket and book purchases help pay for the venue costs.
Additional books by Diana will be available for purchase, too.
Book Signing Details:
Those who attend the event and join the signing line may ask Diana to personalize their copies (such as adding “To (Your Name)”) in addition to the general greeting, “Slainte.” The Pen is sorry, but there will not be enough time for Diana to write out custom paragraph greetings or sayings in the signing line.
Important: Multiple book signing is limited to ONLY TWO (2) PERSONAL PRE-OWNED BOOKS brought from home per attendee, please, in addition to the new hardcover you will receive with each ticket purchase.
A professional photographer will be on-site if you wish to have a photo taken with Diana in the signing line. Photos taken by attendees using personal cameras, tablets or smart phones will NOT be allowed in the signing line. This is necessary to keep the long signing line moving smoothly, so that everyone attending will have their moment to meet and greet Diana and have their books signed.
For Out-of-Town Attendees
If you are traveling from out of town to attend this event, please be sure you have purchased a ticket to the event FIRST to ensure you have a seat before making your travel plans!
The Doubletree Hilton of Paradise Valley has a Limited Room Special (discount) of $139 plus tax, room fees, and resort fees. (Contact the Hilton for an exact amount of the tax and fees.) The discounted room rate is for October 28 ONLY, and advance reservations are required. Please call the Hilton toll-free at (866) 866-8107 to make your reservations, and BE SURE to specify that you are attending The Poisoned Pen event featuring Diana Gabaldon on October 28, 2018, to receive the discount.
Hosts’ Event Webpage:
Click here to visit the Pen’s page for this event with Diana, which has up-do-date information from the event host and organizers.
No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.
No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.
Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
Diana will be a featured author at the Wizard World convention in New Orleans, along with actors from the Starz Outlander TV series, based on her novels!
Purchased tickets are required. (Details below.)
Wizard World – New Orleans
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana
Diana will be a featured author at a Wizard World convention in New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, 2019. (She is not scheduled on Friday, January 4 of the convention.)
Also scheduled for Saturday and Sunday only (as of Oct. 6, 2018) are actors from the Starz Outlander TV series including Richard Rankin (“Roger Wakefield”), Sophie Skelton (“Brianna Randall”) and Graham McTavish (“Dougal MacKenzie”).
Admission Tickets or VIP Packages:
You can choose general admission tickets, or VIP packages, which cost more.
Regular admission for all three days of the convention is $79.99 per person. This three-day ticket for admission costs less than buying one-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday only ($49.99 plus $44.99 for two days, or almost $95 total).
Or you may buy a VIP package, which includes admission.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WIZARD WORLD NEW ORLEANS WILL BE POSTED BY SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2018. Please check back for details!
About Wizard World Conventions
From the Wizard World website:
Join tens of thousands of fans as they converge at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans from January 4-6, 2019, to celebrate the best in pop culture. Wizard World New Orleans is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour and has it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles & More!
Events will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed.
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, October 6, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.