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I’ll be at the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games next weekend, August 9-11! (Well, I’ll actually be in evidence only on the 10th and 11th, but there are public events on Friday—the “Heavy” competitions, and the Tattoo—that you may be interested in as well.) The official website is here, but the part of the schedule that applies specifically to my own appearances is listed below:

Saturday, August 10

Doors Open: 8:00am
8:30am- Fergus Scottish Festival, Diana Gabaldon & the Ladies of Lallybroch through the ages. ~ Lynn Boland Richardson
9:00am-10:00am – Diana Gabaldon
10:00am- Booksigning and Photo Opportunities

1:30pm- Fergus Scottish Festival, Diana Gabaldon & the Ladies of Lallybroch through the ages. ~ Lynn Boland Richardson
2:00pm-3:00pm- Diana Gabaldon
3:00pm- Booksigning and Photo Opportunities
Sunday, August 11
Doors Open: 9:00am
9:30am- Fergus Scottish Festival, Diana Gabaldon & the Ladies of Lallybroch through the ages. ~ Lynn Boland Richardson
10:00am-11:00am – Diana Gabaldon
11:00am- Booksigning and Photo Opportunities

2:30pm-3:30pm- Diana Gabaldon
3:30pm-6:00pm Booksigning and Photo Opportunities

[I’ll also be doing the Opening Ceremonies onstage at the field, mid-day on Saturday. The bookstore is open Friday from 4-6 PM, but there are no formal events on Friday, bar (I think) a ceildih in the evening. Check the official website for more details: http://www.fergusscottishfestival.com/

NO, you won’t get advance copies of MOBY—I haven’t finished writing it yet [g], and it doesn’t come out until next March, in order to coordinate with the (hoped-for) launch of the STARZ TV series. BUT…you _will_ get free (yes, FREE!! [g]) copies of the advance Excerpt Booklet, which includes the first seven chapters of the book. Random House Canada said they’re printing several thousand, so there should be plenty for everyone who wants one.

(And no, sorry—Sam Heughan will _not_ be joining me.)

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  1. Evangeline Lilly would make an excellent Claire

  2. Sounds like a fun event–hope you have a great time!

  3. I wish I could make it!!! I love the books and festivals are the best!!! When can we expect a visit in the US? I lost my signed copy of Outlander on a plane some years ago and really would love to get my replacement copy signed.

    • Dear Olita–

      I _live_ in the US, and do events there all the time. If you check this site, you’ll see a list of “Appearances,” which is updated whenever I think about it. [g]


  4. New Mexico!!! Hope I can make it out there.

  5. It sounds like the Ladies of Lallybrook are going to be active in your programs. Love their site and I contribute to their annual Christmas/Birthday gift for my favorite author.

    • Safe travels to and from Fergus! I had to laugh with the announcement that Sam would not be with you. All that he had to say was that he was going to be in Canada and lots of folks jumped to the conclusion that he would be appearing with you. The poor lad is going to have to beat them off with a stick….or a sausage. *G*
      I wish I could be in Fergus too, but unless they perfect a transporter beam, I’ll have to be content with other venues.

  6. Hi Dana, I just finished rereading the Outlander series for the umteeth time.. I always notice something I had not noticed in previous reads which is one thing that makes your books a joy to read. However, I am not getting any younger lol (67) . I notice you have Prequel listed on the Outlander series title list and no title yet. I am desperately afraid I will die before the series comes to a close. No I am not sick and in good health still…. I wait with baited breath..

    I know you need to travel but I do wish you would stay home more and write. I know that is selfish but it takes you so long to write one and that is one thing that makes the series so wonderful … your attention to detail.

    One last item: I live in a small house with limited space and only buy books in mass market paperback. I cannot find The Scottish Prisoner in the mass market size only trade paper. Also price is a consideration as books are my weakness. Please tell me your publisher is going to continue publishing in this size..

  7. Wow!! You’re actually coming to the town where I spent my high school years. (Many years ago). Haven’t been to the Highland Games in years. Your presence there makes me want to visit again. Hope we can make it and I have a chance to meet you. Take care and enjoy!

  8. Oh, how I wish I could make this event. I live approximately 14 hours away, but we just purchased a home (in need of many renovations), and have a very young daughter (who may be reluctant to stand in line for more than 5 minutes; even if it is for you, Diana)…

    What I’d like to know is if you do this event annually? If so, I might be able to make it next year. This would also offer me the opportunity to re-read all the books AND get my copy of MOBY in March. It’s a wonderful idea, don’t you think? :)

    I hope you enjoy your time in Canada. Be sure to dress warm; we haven’t had much of a summer this year.

  9. I’ll be seeing you there!
    Thank you for coming to Southern Ontario

  10. Hello Diana

    Well THANK YOU! I have so enjoyed your extraordinary Outlander series to date, and am now working my way through the Lord John Novellas, numerous Bulges, and Collections. Filling in the lacunas, and thoroughly enjoying other reading around the time period, geographies and his- (and her-) stories that you bring so vividly to life.

    I have a busy life, full and rich; my husband and I live and work our organic heritage fruit tree nursery and orchard in the green countryside, beside a river in the North Island of New Zealand. Also very involved in the arts and sustainable environmental matters.

    Now though, I have to say that my mouth is almost watering in anticipation of your next Outlander novel ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’. Is it at all possible that I might procure one of the Short Excerpts you have produced for the Fergus Festival, perhaps in an e-book format??


  11. Can’t wait to see you again at Fergus and get another copy of Outlander signed. I very foolishly loaned out my last autographed copy to a good friend who said she realized the importance of getting the book back to me.
    Yeah, whatever. She has no recollection of the book or promise.

  12. Just back from my Outlander tour of Scotland! Finding the Clan Frasier stone at Culloden was one of the highlights of my visit. Wish I could have been there while you ere doing this, though.

  13. Hi Diana. Welcome to Ontario I hope you have a great time in Ferguson. Thank you for all the wonderful updates. Wish I could be in Ferguson this weekend.

  14. I hope you have a great time, I can not be there its a long way from Woking in Surrey England even to see you. But I will be there is spirit.

  15. Have a lovely time. The rains have passed on through and I hope a light wind blows the humidity away as well. I never realized how used to it we are until I was in AZ and hearing the locals complain about th 35% as ‘high humidity’!

  16. I know this isn’t related but do you have any idea when your book on writing (how you write) is coming out? I would love to preorder it if I can.


  17. So happy you are coming to Canada!

  18. Hi Diana, one more sleep! I’m so excited! I am coming to the Highland Games to see & hear you.
    I just finished A Leaf on The Wind of All Hallows………enjoyed it so much. You may be the only
    writer who cures writers block with more writing. I am giddy, as a school girl, with prospect of
    meeting you.
    Teresa from Kitchener.

  19. Hi Diana,
    I was very excited to have seen you on Sunday in Fergus. I was absolutely starstruck to the point where I couldn’t even put a coherent sentence together. Thank you for writing such a beautiful story with characters who all have such depth to them. It is like they are part of the family…one feels like they know them so intimately…I admit that like others, I am going through withdrawal, but thrilled to know there will be more to come. March will be here soon enough. You were absolutely lovely and certainly made my day.
    Liz from Caledonia, ON

    • Diana, I, too ,was reducced to a blathering fool upon seeing and meeting you. I have that dazed , deer in the headlights, look in my picture with you. LOL. You spoke, on Sunday am. about some of the presents that fans have given you. Sunday morning I suddenly felt that I must have a gift for you. I thought hair
      products (I am a stylist) because your hair is always long & lovely ……something that you could use.
      Flowers were a consideration since I have a large perenial garden………a nice addition to your book
      signing table. I couldn’t decide and went empty handed.
      Diana, I think that your fans want to give you presents beacause you have given them (us) so much!
      The payment that you receive for your books is not enough, in our eyes, for that deep personal connection
      that you have forged with your readers. Plus you are so lovely and gracious…..you deserve presents!

      The Fergus Highland Games was a great experience! I think that I saw Murtagh.

      Teresa Ktchener On.

  20. Hi Diana,
    I’m thrilled to have seen you in Fergus, ON today. Yes, it is worth the trip to Fergus. You were very funny, humble and informative. I can’t wait for the next book to come out and to start watching the television adaptation. I am going to start reading the series again from the beginning this week so I will be dreaming of men in kilts. Thank you for being so gracious and making your readers feel special.

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