• “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

This webpage is my list of upcoming public appearances. Updates with information on new appearances are added to this page as events are confirmed.

I hope to see you soon!


-Diana’s Webmistress

March, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – OXFORD, ENGLAND

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Event: The Oxford Literary Festival

The Sheldonian Theatre
(University of Oxford)
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3AZ
United Kingdom

Click here for the webpage with information about my talk.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are required. The cost per person is £12. Click here to purchase a ticket online.


Ever since reading Dorothy L. Sayers’s GAUDY NIGHT (to say nothing of Colin Dexter’s wonderful Morse novels), I’ve had an ambition to be invited to speak at Oxford University. Am thrilled to the marrow to say that this ambition is about to be realized this March: I’ve been invited to participate in the Oxford Literary Festival, and will be presenting at noon (well, 11:59 a.m., according to their schedule) on Sunday, March 22nd. Hope to see some of you there!

My talk is part of the American strand at this year’s Oxford Literary Festival, and is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – LES ANDELYS, FRANCE

Diana Christens a Ship, And Is Named A "Ship Godmother"!
(Time to be announced)

Host: Avalon Waterways

Avalon Tapestry II

Port: Les Andelys, France

Diana is now a Godmother of a European waterways cruise ship, the Avalon Tapestry II! She will christen the ship in an "international ceremony" that will take place in Les Andelys, France, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. As she smashes the bottle of champagne against the hull, Diana will "inaugurate Avalon’s first-ever Suite Ship in France," says Avalon Waterways.

"I’ve been invited to do everything from leading parades to being installed as a Lady of the Quebec Garrison of the 78th Highlanders," said Diana. "But being godmother to a lovely ship will be a new and fabulous experience! I’m looking forward to new adventures — and doubtless good food — while exploring the history-lined rivers of Europe!"

Avalon’s representative said in an article, &quotpMs. Gabaldon has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives while also inspiring travel with her literature. In her OUTLANDER books — now a popular television series on STARZ — she has brought to life the historic, 18th century backdrops of Scotland as well as dozens of other destinations, including the ports of La Havre and Paris, two places featured on the christening cruise aboard the Avalon Tapestry II. She is an inspiring storyteller and inspired choice as godmother for this Suite Ship that will soon deliver travelers to the heart of Europe, encouraging them to explore all that France has to offer while enjoying panoramic views day and night, along the way."

As of March 3, no other information was available about the event. Please check back!

April, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Tartan Day With Susanna Kearsley — Hosted by Diana Gabaldon
Diana hosts a book-launch party at The Poisoned Pen!
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Diana Gabaldon and The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, Number 101
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
(480) 947-2974

At this free event, Diana will host the U.S. book-launch party for Susanna Kearsley’s new novel, A DESPERATE FORTUNE. Diana will introduce Ms. Kearsley and discuss the new book. After the talk, Ms. Kearsley will be signing her new book for attendees. Come and celebrate this new novel!

Publisher’s Synopsis of Susanna Kearsley’s A DESPERATE FORTUNE:

"For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher. Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is  longing-for freedom, adventure, and the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed. As Mary’s gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew-about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate."


  • This book-launch party is an event and celebration for Ms. Kearsley and her new novel. The focus of this event is A DESPERATE FORTUNE.
  • Readers may join the book signing line after the program to meet Ms. Kearsley, and have her sign copies of her books.
  • There will not be a book-signing line for Diana Gabaldon, who will be leaving the event once the program and her hosting duties are concluded. And Diana will not be available to meet with OUTLANDER readers, nor will she answer questions about her books.
  • Diana will not be available for photos with readers.
  • However, since it is an event celebrating tartans, the Poisoned Pen WILL have autographed copies of Diana’s new OUTLANDISH COMPANION, VOLUME 1 (Revised and updated edition) for sale, pre-signed by Diana! (Signature only.)

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 NOT required. (New!)

Event: 2015 Southern Kentucky Book Festival

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: The event organizers stated on November 7, 2014, that the event will be free and open to the public, and tickets will NOT be required. (Earlier, the event details stated that tickets would be required.)

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 fulfil 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.

Thursday, April 30 – DENVER, CO

Presentation, Q&A session, Book signing

Tickets Required (Sold Out as of Feb. 26).

Event: An Outlandish Evening With Diana Gabaldon

Douglas County Libraries

Hyatt Regency Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80237

A one-hour presentation by Diana will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. The host organization expects an audience of 600 to 800 people at the main presentation.


Click here to purchase tickets online. Includes presentation seating and access to author book signing. Tickets to the main presentation and signing are $26.63 ($25.00 plus a $1.62 ticket fee). (From Webmistress: Reports say that this event is sold out already. Sorry!)

Book Signing:

Diana will sign one book per person at this event, per the hosts. That means that you may bring a favorite book from home or purchase one at the event for her to sign. The Tattered Cover bookstore will sell Diana’s books at the event, including the new revised and updated edition of THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, Volume I!

Private Reception:

Also, a Private Reception and signing for 150 Donors will be held before the main presentation, at 5 p.m. As of February 8, however, it is Sold out.

More information:

For more information on this event, please contact:

Kerri Morgan
Program Events Supervisor

Additional appearances by Diana for 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.

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