• “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 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.



October, 2017

October 19 through 22 (Thursday – Sunday) – SURREY, B.C., CANADA

Diana will be an author guest, writing instructor and workshop presenter.

typewriter_darkEvent: 25th International Surrey Writers’ Conference (SiWC)

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
Telephone: 604-582-9288

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
Suite #544
151 – 10090 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V3R 8X8

November, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Talk by Diana and book signing.

dragonfly-25thanniv-coverCome to a celebration for the release of the special 25th Anniversary Edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER!

New update!For those who can’t attend in Scottsdale, the Poisoned Pen may stream Diana’s talk live online around the globe! Will add more information here as it becomes available.

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Main event with a talk by Diana and Q&A session. This main event is free and open to the public, with open seating. Tickets will not be issued.

Book signing with Diana begins at 3:00 p.m. To join the book signing line, each person must purchase a copy of the new 25th Edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER from the Poisoned Pen. (Details are below.)

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

Event host:

Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Scottsdale, Arizona

Event venue:

The Doubletree Resort by Hilton
Scottsdale – Paradise Valley
5401 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

Come and hear Diana Gabaldon speak at a celebration for the new 25th special edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER in Scottsdale, Arizona!

Free valet parking, or you may park on-site. A cash bar will be provided.

This beautiful new collector’s edition celebrates the 25th anniversary of the initial release of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, the second book in the Diana’s OUTLANDER series of major novels. It features a beautiful new cover, a new introduction by Diana, and a readers group guide. and has a publication release date of October 24, 2017, in the U.S.A.

At right is image of the new cover on this anniversary edition.

Book Signing Details:

To be admitted to the book signing line to have any books signed, each person MUST purchase their own new copy of the 25th Edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER from the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Copies will be available at the even from the Pen. If you purchased your copy in person at the Poisoned Pen between October 24 (when the new edition is released) and November 5, please bring your Pen receipt to be admitted to the signing line. (Copies bought at other bookstores or vendors will NOT be accepted for entry to the signing line with Diana.)

Those who attend the event and join the signing line may ask Diana to personalize their copies, (such as adding “To Jill” or your name). We are sorry, but there will not be enough time for Diana to write out additional custom greetings or sayings for readers in the book signing line.

The book signing with Diana will be held after the main event is over, at about 3:00 p.m.

Note that the official release date of the 25th Anniversary Edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is October 24, 2017, in the U.S.A.

Poisoned Pen Event Calendars

Click here to view the Pen’s Facebook event page for November 5. The DRAGONFLY celebration is also posted on the Pen’s online calendar.

Can’t attend? Order a signed copy by mail!

If you can’t attend this event, you may order a copy of the special 25th Edition of DRAGONFLY from the Poisoned pen, signed by Diana, and have it shipped to you!

Updated!Diana will add a name at your request, as “To Jill,” to her signature. Please do not request any additional language. To preserve her hand and her signature she will be signing ordered books in smaller batches, so please allow some time for your order (signed by Diana) to be processed and shipped from October 24 on. Please feel free to contact the Pen’s staff by phone or email with any questions or concerns.

Click here to purchase a signed copy of the 25th Edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER from the Poisoned Pen.

(From Diana’s Webmistress: Note that you will probably NOT receive your book in time, if delivered by mail, to bring in hand to the November 5 event in Phoenix for entry to the book signing line! My advice: if you are going to the November 5 event, buy your copy there at the event if you are going.)

Poisoned Pen’s Contact Information:

PoisonedPenlogoCall or email the Poisoned Pen with any questions:

The Pen’s Website: http://www.poisonedpen.com

The Pen’s Email: sales@poisonedpen.com

Phone: (480) 947-2974
Toll Free: (888) 560-9919

Poisoned Pen’s hours (Mountain Standard Time):

Monday: Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to-6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

December, 2017

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, October 11, 2017, at 5:51 p.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.