• “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 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.



January, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

February, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – SAVANNAH, GA

Diana Gabaldon will give the Opening Address at the Savannah Book Festival.

Event Host:
Savannah Book Festival
Savannah, Georgia

savannah-book-fest-logoThe Opening Address Event featuring Diana begins at 6:00 p.m. (ET)

Tickets are required. Sold Out!

Event venue for Diana’s Opening Address:
Trustees Theater
216 E. Broughton St.
Savannah, Georgia

Diana Gabaldon will deliver the Opening Address for the Savannah Book Festival on Thursday, February 15. Click here for more information about Diana’s participation on the Festival’s website.

Ticket Information – Diana’s Opening Address:

Tickets to the Opening Address of the Festival by Diana are required and sold out quickly. (Sales of the $20 tickets began on January 10 on the Trustees Theatre ticketing website.)

Savannah Festival’s Schedule

Diana’s talk opens the Savannah Book Festival, which will be held from Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17.

Other authors will be headlining events on Friday and Saturday. The webpage for the Festival’s Saturday Schedule is at:


Event Contact Information

For more information about the Savannah Book Festival:

Savannah Book Festival
37 W. Fairmont Avenue, #216
Savannah, GA 31406

Phone: (912) 598-4040

Email: info@savannahbookfestival.org

March, 2018


Friday-Monday, March 16-19, 2018 – PARIS, FRANCE

Diana will be a featured author at Livre Paris (aka “Salon du Livre du Paris,” or the Paris Book Fair).

Paid tickets to the Livre Paris are required to attend events. See link below.

Event Host:
Livre Paris
(Salon du Livre du Paris; The Paris Book Fair)

Event Venue:
Porte de Versailles – Pavillion 1
Paris Porte de Versailles
Pavillon 1 Boulevard Victor
75015 Paris, FRANCE

Paris in the spring! With books and authors! Diana Gabaldon will be one of the featured authors at the 2018 Livre Paris, also known as Salon du Livre du Paris (the Paris Book Fair).

Details on Diana’s participation in this book fair and her schedule are to be announced. Book signings with Diana are tentatively planned for Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18 at the Fair. Please check this webpage periodically and the suggested links below for updates.

There is also a possibility that Diana will sign books at several local Paris bookstores, which will be separate events from the Fair. Details will be posted here when available.

Livre Paris:

Established in 1981, the Salon du Livre de Paris, which became Livre Paris in 2016, is a book fair that brings together publishers, French authors, international authors from more than 50 countries, publishing professionals, and over 150,000 readers each year. A rich and varied program of more than 800 events and activities—featuring more than 3,000 authors—are held over four days, including author talks, panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions with readers. Livre Paris is a family friendly event.


Tickets are required for Livre Paris events. Purchase them online at:


Livre Paris and J’ai Lu Links:

Paris-Book-Fair-logoFor more information about the Paris Book Fair, check the official website and social media pages:

Website: http://www.livreparis.com/en/home/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salondulivre/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Salondulivre

Check the J’ai Lu company’s Facebook pages also for updates and information:

J’ai Lu Pour Elle’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jailu.pour.elle/

J’ai Lu publishes editions of Diana’s books that are translated into the French language.

April, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

May, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

June, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

July, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

August, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

September, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

October, 2018

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.

Event Host:
Southwest International Writers’ Conference
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Event Venue:
To be announced.

surrey-typewriterAre 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.

SiWC Registration

2017-SiWC-Ellen_Cook-DianaRegistration details for the 2018 Southwest International Writers Conference will be released some time in June, 2018 on the SIWC website.

In the photo at left, Eileen Cook and Diana talk writing at the 2017 SiWC. Credit: SiWC.

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.)

2017-SiWC-authorsIn the photo at right, bestselling authors Jack Whyte, Michael Slade, Robyn Harding, Eileen Cook and Diana Gabaldon answer questions during the 2017 SiWC. Credit: SiWC.

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.

Writing Contest

2017-SIWC-contest-winnerEach 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: info@siwc.ca

November, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

December, 2018

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 Monday, January 29, 2018, at 10:05 a.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.