I always enjoy meeting you guys, but I’m (still!) trying as hard as possible—with mixed results—NOT to travel much through 2019, 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.
Monday, December 10, 2018 – PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Diana joined a conversation on-stage and a book signing with best-selling YA author Cassandra Clare, sponsored by the Poisoned Pen Bookstore.
Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
Diana will be a featured author at the Wizard World Comic-Con convention in New Orleans, along with actors from the Starz Outlander TV series, based on her novels! A special Outlander programming track will be featured.
Purchased tickets and registration for Wizard World (New Orleans) are required. (Details below.)
Imagine seeing and hearing Diana and the Outlander actors on stage in special panel discussions and interviews! And meeting them in person while having your photo taken with them, or while getting an autograph!
Diana Gabaldon, Richard Rankin (“Roger Wakefield”), Sophie Skelton (“Brianna Randall”) and Graham McTavish (“Dougal MacKenzie”) from the Starz Outlander TV series will be featured at the Wizard World convention in New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, 2019.
In photo at upper right: Diana with three stars from the Starz Outlander TV series at Wizard World in Chicago, from August, 2018. From left to right: Richard Rankin (“Roger”), Sophie Skelton (“Brianna”), Diana Gabaldon, and Lotte Verbeek (“Geillis”). Richard and Sophie are scheduled to be at Wizard World in New Orleans in January.
If you’ve never been to a large media convention, or “comic con” before, I recommend that you please read all of the information below. It takes planning in advance to fully enjoy going to a big comic con, and to be sure you don’t miss anything!
Wizard World – New Orleans
(Note that the website also has gateways to their other comic cons around the U.S.A.)
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana
What is Wizard World Comic Con?
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!”
At right: Richard Rankin as Roger and Sophie Skelton as Brianna.
Wizard World hosts many large conventions (aka “cons”) around the U.S.A. which celebrate television series, movies, and authors in science fiction, fantasy, and comic book genres. You can hear your favorite actors and authors talk on panel discussions, have photo opportunities with them, have books and other merchandise signed, and have lots of fun! Wizard World cons are corporate in nature and similar to the huge “comic-cons” held around the country.
Lots of people will be attending, and there will be lots to see and do!
The event features a costume contest, panel discussions, talks by actors and authors, a huge dealer’s room with all kinds of Outlander, science fiction, fantasy, and comics merchandise! Also there will be artists, creators, and many others. Star Wars! Comics! Star Trek! Ghostbusters! You name it… many tv series, movies, and franchises. Come in costume! Or come as you are!
Admission Tickets or VIP Packages:
You can choose general admission tickets, or VIP packages which cost more and have more privileges and included photo ops and autographs. (Having your photo taken with an actor or author or other celebrity is called a “photo op.”) VIP packages are listed below.
At left: Graham McTavish as Dougal in the Outlander TV series.
General admission for all three days of the convention is $79.99 per person. No autographs or photo ops are included with the base price; you must buy them separately. (Note that the three-day ticket for admission costs less than buying one-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday.)
If you decide to buy a more expensive VIP package (options listed below), it includes general admission for all three days as well as different photo ops and autographs, and privileges such as early entry:
Note that you must have a purchased ticket for EACH photo op or autograph that you purchased separately, or those which came with your VIP package!
Photo Op Ticket Prices
Photo ops at Wizard World with celebrities are taken by professional photographers. You will receive an 8 by 10 inch photograph printed on the spot for each photo op that you buy.
When purchased separately, the costs for a ticket for photo opportunities (per person) are below:
- Outlander group photo package number 1 (with Diana and actors): $205
- Photo op with Diana Gabaldon: $40.
- Photo op with Richard Rankin: $65
- Photo op with Graham McTavish: $55
- Photo op with Sophie Skelton: $65
There is a limit of 2 adults and 2 children in each photo op in addition to the celebrity or group of celebrities.
Autograph and Selfie Tickets:
- Autograph ticket for Diana Gabaldon: $40
- Autograph ticket for Sophie Skelton: $40
- Selfie ticket for Sophie Skelton: $40
- Sophie Skelton combo (autograph and selfie): $70
- Autograph ticket for Graham McTavish: $40
- Selfie ticket for Graham McTavish: $30
- Graham McTavish combo (autograph and selfie): $60
- Autograph ticket for Richard Rankin: $40
- Selfie ticket for Richard Rankin: $40
- Richard Rankin combo (autograph and selfie): $70
Tickets – To VIP or Not To VIP? That Is The Question…
To get in the door at Wizard World New Orleans, as stated above you MUST have an Admission Ticket (general admission or VIP package). Then you may separately add any additional purchases for autographs and photo-op tickets that you wish to have.
It is recommended you buy all tickets in advance, in case they sell out. The purchasing link is below.
There are three Outlander-related VIP ticket packages available, which include your general admission ticket and listed autograph and photo op tickets, plus other benefits:
- The Outlander Group VIP package includes a three-day Admission ticket, plus autographs and photo ops with Diana and the attending stars from the Starz Outlander TV show, plus other benefits. Cost is $559.99 per person
- The Diana Gabaldon Gold VIP package includes a three-day admission ticket, plus authographs and photo op with Diana. Cost is $279.99 per person, plus other benefits.
- The Graham MacTavish Gold VIP package includes a three-day Admission ticket, plus an autograph and photo op with Graham McTavish, the actor who plays Dougal MacKenzie on the Starz Outlander TV series, plus other benefits. The cost is $289.99 per person
- The Richard Rankin Gold VIP package includes a three-day Admission ticket, plus an autograph and photo op with Richard Rankin, the actor who plays Roger Wakefield on the Starz Outlander TV series, plus other benefits. The cost is $299.99 per person
- The Sophie Skelton Gold VIP package includes a three-day Admission ticket, plus an autograph and photo op with Sophie Skelton, the actor who plays Brianna Randall Fraser Wakefield on the Starz Outlander TV series, plus other benefits. The cost is $299.99 per person
Link For Buying ALL Tickets:
First, decide whether to buy a general admission ticket for entry the convention, or a VIP package which includes admission and listed photo ops and autographs (see below). Then decide what add-on photo ops and autographs you wish to purchase.
Remember that Diana and the Outlander actors are only attending on Saturday and Sunday, as of Oct. 18, 2018. Other Outlander actors and celebrities may be added before the convention. And schedules may change before the con, so a 3-day pass is a good idea for many reasons.
The webpage to buy all Wizard World New Orleans admission, photo op, Autograph, and VIP package tickets is:
As already stated, buy your tickets as soon as you know you are going to avoid disappointment.
Wizard World Convention Schedule:
As of October 18, 2018, the programming schedule for Wizard World New Orleans has not been finalized, including the exact times the panel discussions, autograph sessions, and photo sessions will be held. Please check the con’s website frequently for schedules and updates at:
Be Prepared! Be Flexible! Stay Up To Date! Things Can Change!
To enjoy a large comic con, careful planning is a must both before the con and during it. No matter what package you buy, you MUST stay up-to-date on the con’s schedule, which can be changed and updated at any time. And new events and celebrities can be added, also.
Wizard World is great fun, but expect large crowds!
Tickets to Wizard World for admission, photo ops, and autographs are purchased online. Be sure to follow instructions and print out your tickets in advance, and have an additional digital copy on your phone or tablet.
The name on the ticket registration must match the attendee’s driver’s license or photo ID. The Wizard World website warns fans that they must NOT buy tickets second-hand on Craigslist, ebay, or any other way, because tickets are NOT transferable.
Expect Possible Long Lines
To obtain a good seat at the popular talks and panels (which usually don’t have reserved or assigned seats), plan to get in line early! Once seats are taken and a room is full, no more will be admittted due to fire codes. An admission ticket does not guarantee a seat to every panel and event.
Autograph lines might be long. You might have to stand in line for an hour or more, depending on how many persons attending bought autograph tickets for Diana, the Outlander actors, or other VIPs. Be sure to adhere to any posted rules about how many items may be autographed per ticket. It’s a good idea to bring something to do while in line in your tote bag, especially for kids.
Disabled fans should contact the Wizard World staff in advance to discuss arrangements that you will need. Convention centers are quite large, so if you are reliant on an electric wheelchair or scooter, be sure to take the distances into consideration.
Above all, grab a friend and prepare to have fun!
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – QUEEN CREEK, AZ
Updated!Diana Gabaldon will be a featured author at the Maricopa County Library’s Queen Creek Branch, and will give a talk, participate in a Q&A session with the audience, and will sign books!
This event is free and open to the public, but online registration for the event is required in advance. Details and a link to the event’s registration webpage are below. Please read all details about this event before registering.
Event begins at 1:00 p.m., and ends at 4:00 p.m. (MST)
Event Host and Venue:
Maricopa County Library’s Queen Creek Branch
Zane Grey Community Room
21802 S Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
Queen Creek, Arizona, is in the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area.
Diana Gabaldon will make a special appearance at the Maricopa Library’s Queen Creek Branch! Come listen to her talk, read an excerpt from her current work, and participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience, followed by a book signing.
This event is a special opportunity to hear Diana speak in a smaller venue, which will be strictly limited to 300 persons, and to support a library at the same time!
A book signing with Diana will follow her talk and the Q&A, where you briefly will meet with her as she signs your books when it’s your turn in the signing line. Bring your two favorite Outlander series or Lord John books from home for Diana to autograph!
For the book signing with Diana, note that there is a strict limit of:
- Two (2) books total written by Diana per registered adult that you bring from home, OR
- Up to five (5) books total per registered adult, providing you purchase up to three new books written by Diana from the Friends of the Library at the event. (The five-books total includes up to two books total brought from home.)
IMPORTANT: The event is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is REQUIRED for each person planning to attend the event, including every adult and every child and baby brought with adults. This includes babies in strollers! There is a strict limit of 300 persons in the room due to fire department safety regulations which will be observed and enforced.
Persons not individually registered will NOT be admitted, no matter what their age.
Registration for this event will begin online on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. (MST – Mountain Standard Time zone).
Click here to register for this event.
Again, the 300 seats may fill up very quickly, as events with Diana tend to be extremely popular! Please plan ahead to sign up on January 12, or as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to register each person in your party, including all babies and children!
Cancellation of Your Registration:
VERY IMPORTANT! If you have to cancel your registration, please give at least 24 hours of notice to the Maricopa County Library’s Queen Creek Branch at (602) 652-3000 so that someone on the waiting list may have your seat! Thank you!
For Questions And More Information:
For questions about this library event on January 26, 2019, please call:
Melissa Kummen at (602) 652-3000
Or visit the event host’s website:
Friday, February 15, 2019 – AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Diana Gabaldon will appear at the Author Face-Off fundraiser dinner gala and also sign books during the Amelia Island Book Festival.
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Purchased tickets are required to attend the Face-Off dinner/gala. See below.
Event Host’s Main Website:
Face-Off Gala and Dinner Information and Tickets:
More information is below.
Event Venue (Face-Off Gala):
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
The Amelia Island Book Festival is scheduled for February 14th through the 16th, 2019.
So far, the event website lists Diana as participating only in the “Author Face-Off Dinner Gala,” The dinner and gala will feature New York Times Bestselling Authors Diana Gabaldon, Kristen Ashley, Tess Gerritsen and Ridley Pearson. The schedule is:
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Author open-bar and cocktail reception
7:00 – 10:00 pm: Dinner, auction and face-off
Tickets range from $185 to $1,000 per person. From the event’s website:
“ Ticket includes Author Open-Bar Cocktail Reception, Gourmet Dinner and short live Auction conducted by Florida Senator Aaron Bean featuring the chance to live forever in an upcoming Diana Gabaldon book among other unique and fabulous prizes. Authors’ books will be available for purchase and be signed at the end of the evening. All proceeds benefit the Authors in Schools Program.”
Ticket prices for the Face-Off gala are listed as:
Standard Seating: $185 per person. As of December 12, 2018, there are about 28 Standard Seating tickets still available on the ticketing website at $185 per person. Apparently Standard Seating is a chair at the tables which do not have an author sitting with the patrons at that table, but you are still at the gala and dinner.
Author Seating at the table with Steve Berry, Tess Gerritsen, Kristen Ashley or Ridley Pearson: $750 per person
Author Seating (at the table) with Diana Gabaldon: $1,000 per person – SOLD OUT as of October 18, 2018!
On that website, click on the “Tickets and Events” menu for information about buying tickets for the different events at this festival.
Note that events featuring Diana often sell out very quickly. If you plan to attend, please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
If you have questions about the Amelia Island Face-Off dinner gala, please contact the event organizers.
More events for 2019 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 Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 5:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.