• “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.”
    —ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

Appearances


Diana-the-Scribe-Scotland-cropListed below are my upcoming events, public appearances and book signings, as well as virtual (online streaming) events.

This webpage is updated as new events are added, so please check back periodically.

Note that for 2024 I will be doing a small number of events due to my workload, as discussed in my “Happy New Year – 2024” blog entry.

If you have questions about—or problems with—obtaining tickets for an event, please contact the listed host organization of the event first. All ticket sales are handled by event organizers and their ticket brokers.

I look forward to seeing you,

-Diana


January, 2024

No official appearances confirmed at this time.



February, 2024

Note that I discuss my February events in my blog post titled “February 2024 Events In Arizona,” also.


Monday, February 5, 2024 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Diana will discuss FOURTEEN DAYS with Doug Preston at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. She contributed two non-fiction stories to this book.

fourteen-days-coverTickets required. Price includes a signed hardcover copy of FOURTEEN DAYS.

Event begins at 6:30 p.m. (MST).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (MST).

Event Host and Venue:
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Click for the Poisoned Pen’s webpage for this event.

I’ll be doing a live (but also available online) event with Doug Preston (half of the Preston and Child team that produces the Very Entertaining (if slightly gruesome…) Pendergast suspense novels, among others, and the writer of the non-fiction LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD. We’ll be promoting (and signing) a Truly Weird Book called FOURTEEN DAYS, on February 5th at the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to buy a $35 ticket for this event, which admits one person and includes one signed hardcover copy of FOURTEEN DAYS.

Or… if you’re coming with someone…

Click here to buy a $45 ticket for this event, which admits two persons and includes one signed hardcover copy of FOURTEEN DAYS.

poisoned-pen-logoFOURTEEN DAYS is the brainchild of someone (don’t ask me who, because I don’t know) connected with the Author’s Guild, who in the midst of the pandemic, conceived the notion that a number of professional authors should contribute stories that could be blended into a novel (of sorts) in which the residents of a New York apartment building, unable to go out in public, gather on the roof and exchange tales in the manner of the Decameron. (Just in case you’re not instantly familiar with the Decameron, (per Google) “The Decameron (c. 1351) is an entertaining series of one hundred stories written in the wake of the Black Death. The stories are told in a country villa outside the city of Florence by ten young noble men and women who are seeking to escape the ravages of the plague.”) If it’s been in print since 1351, it’s probably a good book; we’ll hope FOURTEEN DAYS is a worthy imitator… [Reviews below]*

Actually, I can’t yet tell you how the project turned out, because—while they did send me a copy of the final book—I haven’t had a free second to read it, between working on three (at a minimum) books at once (yes, Book Ten is on top!), plus two (count ‘em, TWO…) TV shows. (I’m a Consulting Producer and a screenwriter, for both BLOOD OF MY BLOOD (Season One)—which starts filming… um…. well, now—and the final (alas) season (Season Eight) of OUTLANDER, which starts a couple of months later.)

My guess is that it’s pretty readable, given the number of Excellent Authors involved. I gave them two stories, both true (i.e., not fiction); we’ll see how it all came out!

Publisher’s Description: Set in a Lower East Side tenement in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Fourteen Days is an irresistibly propulsive collaborative novel from the Authors Guild, with an unusual twist: each character in this diverse, eccentric cast of New York neighbors has been secretly written by a different, major literary voice—from Margaret Atwood and Celeste Ng to Tommy Orange and John Grisham.

*“These stories introduce a theme of diversity that’s one of the joys of the book. There are ghost stories, a war story, many tales of betrayal and revenge, and a report on Shakespeare’s plague experience by scholar James Shapiro…. A multicultural tribute to the New York lockdown experience…. moving and funny…” — Kirkus Reviews

“Putting a bold new twist on the plague novel, this bountiful, unpredictable, witty, and affecting tale-of-tales is made all the more intriguing by the fact that it’s a collaboration by 36 exceptional North American writers…. This enthralling novel of many voices and moods dramatizes the transformation of isolation into community via stories and explores a grand spectrum of human experiences.” — Booklist (starred review)

“beguiling…. fans of literary puzzles will find this worthwhile.” — Publishers Weekly

More Information…

poisoned-pen-logoFor questions or more information, contact the friendly staff of the Poisoned Pen:

Phone: (480) 947-2974

Phone – Toll Free: (888) 560-9919

Email: sales@poisonedpen.com



Saturday, February 17, 2024 – FLAGSTAFF, AZ

Diana Gabaldon will be the featured guest at “A Night of Discovery,” an event on Feb. 17, 2024 during the I Heart Pluto Festival. She will give a talk followed by a book signing.

2024-I-heart-Pluto-logoPaid tickets are required for Diana’s talk and the book signing at “A Night of Discovery.” Please read the details below before purchasing.

Keep in mind that events featuring Diana Gabaldon often sell out very quickly.

Event begins at 7 p.m. (MST). Doors open at 6 p.m.

Venue for “A Night of Discovery” Event on Feb. 17 featuring Diana:
The Orpheum Theatre
15 W Aspen Ave
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Directions and parking info.

Host and venue for other events during the 3-day I Heart Pluto Festival:
Lowell Observatory
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001

Embark on an astronomical adventure at Lowell Observatory’s “Night of Discovery,” part of the annual I Heart Pluto Festival, on February 17, 2024, at Flagstaff’s historic Orpheum Theater. This enchanting evening blends science, history, and storytelling, all in a celebration of astronomy and discovery.

stanley-sykes-lowell-observatory-cropKeynote speaker Diana Gabaldon, renowned for her OUTLANDER series of novels and great granddaughter of Lowell Observatory’s own Stanley Sykes, will offer a perspective of science and history through a lens of creativity and storytelling. Leading the interview will be author and science journalist Melissa Sevigny with KNAU (Arizona Public Radio).

Photo at left: Stanley Sykes, Diana’s great grandfather. Lowell Observatory image.

The event also features a special book signing with Diana, offering an intimate experience for fans and attendees.

“A Night of Discovery” is a must-attend for stargazers, history buffs, and literary enthusiasts alike. Enjoy this opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of the cosmos and be part of Lowell Observatory’s rich legacy of discovery.

All attendees at “A Night of Discovery” on the evening of February 17 will hear Diana speak and may attend a book signing with her after her talk.

“A Night of Discovery” General Admission Tickets:

Tickets range from about $15 to $24 (including service fees) per person. Open unassigned seating is first-come, first-seated.

Click here to buy general admission tickets to “A Night of Discovery” featuring Diana Gabaldon from the Orpheum Theatre.

Please bring only one book per person from home for signing.

VIP Experience Tickets Information:

Want more? The VIP Experience begins at 10 a.m. on February 17 and includes a hard-hat tour of the observatory, a talk about observatory history, an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet dinner and book signing session with Diana Gabaldon, and admission to the “Night of Discovery” event at the Orpheum Theater in the evening. Also included is a VIP gift bag to take home! The price is $125 USD per person.

Note that the VIP Experience requires advance reservations by February 10. Limited spaces are available.

Click here to buy VIP Experience tickets which include admission to “A Night of Discovery” featuring Diana Gabaldon.

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“A Night of Discovery” Event Details:

Lowell Observatory and The Orpheum Present “A Night of Discovery” featuring author Diana Gabaldon on Saturday, February 17 in Flagstaff, AZ.

This event will be held at the Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff beginning at 7 p.m. (MST). Doors open at 6 p.m. Open seating is first-come, first seated.

“A Night of Discovery” will be hosted by Kevin Schindler, with an interview by Melissa Sevigny and special appearance by Diana Gabaldon, including a book signing with Diana and art show. As stated above purchased general-admission ticket is required for each person who did not purchase a VIP Experience package.

Please bring only one book per person from home for signing since the crowd will be large. (Note that the Orpheum Theater restricts attendees from bringing backpacks over 10 by 14 inches in size. Click to check the Orpheum’s guidelines for permitted and prohibited items.)

The Orpheum Theater is a historic, indoor venue located on Aspen Street in downtown Flagstaff next to the Weatherford Hotel and Residence Inn.

Click here for parking information and directions to the Orpheum.

A Full Bar is available at the Orpheum. No outside food or beverages will be allowed. Empty, soft, clear water bottles will be allowed. No hydro flasks, metal, or hard plastic water bottles of any kind will be permitted inside the venue.

The I Heart Pluto Festival – Feb. 16-18

The fourth annual I Heart Pluto Festival will celebrate the 94th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory. The three-day festival will provide engaging and educational activities including solar viewing, stargazing, science talks, and meet-and-greets with Lowell’s staff of astronomers. This festival caters to people of all ages who love Pluto!

I Heart Pluto Festival Website: https://iheartpluto.org/

Other Links:

Read about the telescope used to discover Pluto at Lowell Observatory in 1930.

Did you know that Diana Gabaldon is from Flagstaff, Arizona? Read “Myth and Mountain Birthdays,” an essay by Diana.



Thursday, February 22, 2024 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Diana Gabaldon will host an event featuring Coinneach MacLeod, better known as “the Hebridean Baker,” for an evening of Gaelic-inspired gastronomy and fun!

hibridean-baker-coverPurchased tickets are required and cost $35 or $40 USD and include a signed, hardcover copy of THE HEBRIDEAN BAKER AT HOME. See details below.

Event begins at 6 p.m. (MST).

Event Host:
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Click for the Poisoned Pen’s webpage for this event.

Event Venue:
Scottsdale United Methodist Church
4140 North Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona

International bestselling author Coinneach MacLeod will discuss his book THE HEBRIDEAN BAKER AT HOME at an event hosted by Diana Gabaldon.

This new book shares stories and adventures alongside his best selection of recipes yet. Be whisked away to his island home where he brings delightful dishes to fill your kitchen with Hebridean Hygge. With songs, stories and beautiful photography that will inspire your next visit to the Hebrides!

Tickets:

A ticket for $35 to this event will admit one person and includes a copy of THE HEBRIDEAN BAKER AT HOME signed by the author, Coinneach MacLeod. Click here to buy $35 tickets to this event from the Poisoned Pen’s website.

A ticket for $40 to this event will admit two persons to the event and includes one copy of THE HEBRIDEAN BAKER AT HOME signed by the author, Coinneach MacLeod. Click here to buy $40 tickets to this event from the Poisoned Pen’s website.

Note that all tickets are WILL CALL and will be available for pick-up right before the event.

More Information…

poisoned-pen-logoFor questions or more information, contact the friendly staff of the Poisoned Pen:

Phone: (480) 947-2974

Phone – Toll Free: (888) 560-9919

Email: sales@poisonedpen.com



March, 2024

No official appearances confirmed 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.
  • 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. They have all the answers. Thanks!
  • Diana is always happy to sign and personalize your books at book 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.


If you know of an event that Diana has confirmed she will attend that is not listed on this webpage, please let Diana’s Webmistress know.

This page was last updated on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 5:30 a.m. (Central Time) by Diana Gabaldon or Diana’s Webmistress.