I tell you what— 2014 is going to be NUTS. The new book (WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD) was released in early June (June 10th in the U.S.A. and Canada—June 9th, in Germany <g>), and the Starz “Outlander” cable-TV series had its broadcast cable premiere on August 9.
New! I will be in Scotland for some appearances from August 17 through the 22nd (see events below).
My U.S. and Canada book tours for WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD occurred in June and July. I’ve been invited to come and do a book tour in Germany, but my understanding is that the German publisher would like to wait until the TV series airs there, so as to publicize both the book and the show— so no specific dates set yet.
I have no information at the moment on official book tours for the U.K., Australia and New Zealand— but I have done tours in those places before, <g> so we’ll just have to wait and see what the U.K. publisher (which would be in charge of all three publishing territories) has to say about it.
NB: I don’t set the itinerary for a book-tour. The publisher(s) does/do this, after consultation with their sales reps, main accounts, and New York Times-reporting bookstores.
NB 2: The book-tour dates don’t mean those are the only places I’ll be going. Those are just the only places I’m going on the official book-tour. I go to a lot of places for single events, conventions, etc., through the year. There are a couple of other gigs scheduled, and some promotional things for Starz, but I can’t talk about some of those just yet.
It’s going to be busy! But I look forward to seeing a lot of you, here, there, and everywhere!
Sunday, August 17 – BBC Radio – SCOTLAND
Taping of Panel Discussion: "Culloden, Jacobites and the History of Political Propaganda"
Participants: Historian Tom Devin, Watkins expert John Cook, and Diana Gabaldon
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are required. (See link below.)
Corner of Marshall Street and Potterow
The public is invited to attend the studio taping for this episode of “Free Thinking With Matthew Sweet.” Click on the link below to request required studio tickets, which are first-come, first served:
"Free Thinking" is BBC Radio 3′s program "which explores the ideas shaping our lives today — with leading writers, artists and thinkers in extended interview and debate. As Peter Watkins’ influential film, Culloden, turns fifty, Matthew Sweet talks to Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, historian Tom Devine and Watkins expert John Cook, about why the battle and its aftermath remain central to Scotland’s image of itself both at home, and even more tenaciously, abroad."
The show will air on September 15 or 16. Link to program.
Monday, August 18; Book Festival – EDINBURGH
"Heughligans Descend on Charlotte Square"
Talk & Signing
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Chair/moderator: Peter Guttridge
Tickets required. (Sold out.)
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Charlotte Square Gardens
Diana’s Talk & Signing Venue:
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
As of August 14, the the festival’s website says that Diana’s talk & signing is sold out, but says to “please check for returns nearer the time.”
Wednesday, August 20 – WIGTOWN
Talk and Book Signing
Tickets Required. (See below.)
For more information and links to ticket sales:
As of August 14, tickets were still available!
You may submit by e-mail any question you may have for Diana’s question-and-answer session:
Thursday, August 21 – GLASGOW
Meet the Author: Diana Gabaldon
Talk & Signing
Tickets required (see below)
Venue and sponsor:
Waterstones at Sauchiehall St.
153-157 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow G2 3EW Scotland
From the event’s website:
Tickets are FREE and available from the ground floor tills or by calling 0141 332 9105
Further details: 0141 332 9105
Friday, August 22 – INVERNESS
An Evening With Diana Gabaldon
Talk & Signing
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Tickets required for unreserved seating (See below)
Sponsor: Waterstones – Inverness
122B Academy Street
"Tickets £5 or £4 for Waterstones cardholders, available from the shop or from the Ironworks website and tickets office."
"We invite you to join us for an evening with Diana Gabaldon. She will be discussing her latest novel in the Outlander series and the upcoming television series based on the series. There will be a signing afterwards. We hope you can make it!"
As of August 14, tickets are still available!
Further details: 01463 233500
August 29: Dragoncon – ATLANTA
Diana regrets that she will not be going to Dragoncon from August 29 through September 1, due to other scheduling obligations.
No appearances have been listed yet for September. On August 23 during her latest visit to Scotland, Diana posted on her Facebook page: "I’ve signed over 50,000 copies of MOBY since it came out [in June]. I’m not going anywhere ’til the end of October." Due to the MOBY book tour and travel to events for the new Starz TV series, it has been a very busy summer for her!
October 24-26; Writers’ Conference – SURREY
Panels, talks and a book signing.
Venue for the conference and all events:
The Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
The Surrey International Writers’ Conference, held every October in British Columbia, offers keynote author speeches, workshops, master classes, pitch sessions, a trade show, author signing events, and other activities for aspiring authors.
Diana’s activities listed so far on the Conference webpages are:
- "Bestseller Blether," a panel at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25. Moderated by Donald Maass. Panel members are Diana Gabaldon, Susanna Kearsly, Michael Slade, and Chevy Stevens.
- On Sunday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m. Diana will be the presenter at the "How To Read Like A Writer" conference workshop.
Be sure to check the final conference schedule if you attend for Diana’s final list of panels, talks, and workshops.
Conference registration costs range from $200 to $650 (Canadian dollars), plus fees for each master class that an attendee wishes to attend.
Saturday, Nov. 15 – WESTERVILLE, OH
Author Event with Light Reception; Talk & Signing; Q&A
Host/Sponsor: Westerville Public Library
Reception prior to Diana’s talk: details to be announced
Presentation and talk by Diana and book signing.
Tickets are required, but are free. (See below.)
Westerville Central High School
7118 Mt. Royal Ave
Westerville, Ohio 43082
Free registration opens October 6 at 9:00 a.m. Click for the registration page.
Ticket Information: http://www.westervillelibrary.org/events
Details about a reception prior to the presentation are forthcoming. For the signing, copies of Diana’s books will be for sale, but attendees are also welcome to bring their own.
For questions, send email to the Library’s Program Office or call (614) 882-7277, extension 2103.
Saturday, Dec. 6 – DAVENPORT, IOWA
Talk & Signing
Talk begins at 7:15 p.m.
Convention memberships are required. (See below.)
Event: Thru The Stones – Quad Cities (Outlander Fan Convention)
Sponsor: Parkside Treasure House, Orion, Illinois
136 E. Third Street
"Thru The Stones" is a convention for readers and fans of Diana’s Outlander series, especially those living in the Quad Cities area. The event website says lots of activities are planned including classes, seminars, Scottish-themed activities, etc.
Diana will attend on the convention on December 6. Planned is a Scottish-themed dinner with Diana. She will also give a talk beginning at 7:15 p.m. followed by a book signing. Attendees may pose for a photo with Diana during the book signing.
Tickets (convention memberships) go on sale on August 22, 2014, and the event’s website says they will be $235 per person.
Convention website: http://www.thruthestones.com/
Ticket/Membership Information: http://www.thruthestones.com/Tickets.html
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thruthestones
January through March, 2015
No appearances have been listed yet for these three months. Please check back often for updates.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – BOWLING GREEN, KY
Presentation with Q&A; Book signing
Presentation with Q & A: 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Book signing: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Tickets are required. (See below.)
Knicely Conference Center – WKU South Campus
654 Campbell Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Note: For Internet/GPS mapping enter this address:
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Ticket information: To be announced.
The Southern Kentucky Book Festival is "one of the state’s largest literary events. Held annually in April, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books."
The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership consists of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. These entities collaborate throughout the year on a variety of literary events designed to fulfill the mission of the partnership: to encourage reading and the love of books, and to be a positive force in promoting literacy in the region and state.
Additional appearances by Diana for 2014 and 2015 will be listed here as soon as they are arranged and confirmed. Thanks!
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 Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:16 a.m. (PDT).
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