• “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.



September, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017 – WASHINGTON, D.C.

Diana will be a featured author at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Open to the public.

Event Information:

17th Library of Congress National Book Festival Website: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Festival Information Page: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/information/

Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.


Diana Gabaldon will be a featured author at the National Book Festival on September 2, 2017. Please consult the festival’s website for information on Diana’s participation and schedule.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. It was created by First Lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had also created the Texas Book Festival. Since the first National Book Festival in 2001, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States.

Diana was a featured author at previous National Book Festivals in 2002, 2005, and 2010.

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10, 2017 – DENVER, COLORADO

Diana Gabaldon will be one of three published authors honored as keynote speakers at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference.

Other activities that Diana will participate in at this conference have not yet been finalized. See the event website below for current information.

Event Website and Registration:

Renaissance Hotel
Denver, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Conference is designed for aspiring writers, and features keynote speeches featuring published authors, as well as opportunities to meet with authors, agents and other publishing professionals.

Registration is required to attend all events at the conference. (See below.)

From the conference website:

“Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the U.S. and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry’s top agents and editors. Programming focuses on the following key areas such as craft improvement, genre knowledge, career management, industry savvy, and continuing education and professional development for published authors.

“Whether you’re new to the idea of becoming a writer or you’re a veteran published author, whether you hope to pursue a traditional publishing contract with a big New York publishing house or launch a self-publishing venture, you’re sure to find the skills, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and support you need at Colorado Gold.”

Conference Registration:

Registration for the conference opens on May 1, 2017, and attending will cost from $374 to $499, depending on when you register, plus any “add-ons” such as special pitch sessions or critiques of your work by professional authors or agents. Costs for your hotel room are not included in the conference registration fee.

Hotel Reservations:

See the event website for information on making your hotel reservations at the conference rate, if you plan to attend and stay in the venue hotel.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 – WINSTON-SALEM, NC

Diana will give the closing keynote lecture at the Bookmarks 2017 Festival of Books and Authors.

BookmarksFestival2017tallDiana’s talk begins at 5:00 p.m. and will end about 6:30 p.m.

Paid tickets are required. (See below.)

Event Host:
Bookmarks, an independent, non-profit bookstore

Event Website:

Event Venue:
R.J. Reynolds Auditorium
301 Hawthorne Road Northwest
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104

Diana will give the closing keynote lecture at the 2017 Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. This year, more than 40 authors and multiple activities, talks, and events for adults and children who love to read are planned, and the festival will be held from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10. (Note that Diana will be at the Festival only on Sunday to deliver her closing keynote talk.)

This books and authors festival is the largest in the Carolinas, and this is its 13th year. Though purchased tickets are required for some events at the Festival, most scheduled on the four days are free. Check out the Festival’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage and a press release. (Diana is not listed in the release because it was written before she was invited to give the closing keynote address.)


Tickets for the closing speech featuring Diana are expected to sell out very quickly, so please buy yours ASAP to avoid disappointment. Ticket prices for the two types still available are:

   - General admission ticket: $16 per person

   - General admission ticket which includes a hardcover copy of SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL (signed by Diana!): $28 per person

All general-admission tickets are open seating, which means first-come, first-served (i.e., get there early!).

Tickets may be purchased online, by telephone, or in person:

   - Click here to buy your tickets online.
   - Call (336) 747-1471 to purchase over the phone.
   - Or stop by Bookmarks in person at 634 W. Fourth Street, #110 to buy your tickets.

If you are coming to the festival from out of town, note that Bookmarks has a special visitor package available. Contact Bookmarks for details.


For more information, contact Bookmarks by phone: (336) 747-1471. Or by email: info@booksnc.org. Or in person; Bookmarks is at 634 W. Fourth Street, #110 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

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 Monday, August 28, 2017, at 7:44 a.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.