• “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

Appearances for the Rest of 2010



July 17th – Flagstaff Celtic Festival
Foxglenn Park, Flagstaff, AZ
Reading – 1 PM, book-signing – 2-4 PM


August 7th – International Clan MacKenzie Gathering/Strathpeffer Highland Games
Grounds of Castle Leod, Strathpeffer
Times TBA, but probably there from noon to 4 or 5. No reading, as the clan chieftain (aka the Earl of Cromartie) tells me the sound system is too antique to provide an adequate level of quality, but will have books for sale, and will sign books people bring, as well. And you get to see the Castle!

August 28th – Tucson Circle of Book Clubs Salon (open to the public)
4-6 PM. Short talk, followed by book-signing.
Windmill Inn
4250 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ
Books will be available for sale, courtesy Antigone Books
Contact Judy Ranzer (judy@ranzer.com) or Donna Grant (grantlimpan@aol.com) for further details.

August 28th – Tucson RWA Chapter (members only)
10:00 AM – speaking, book-signing


September 3-6 (Labor Day Weekend)

Decatur Book Festival
Downtown Decatur, GA (8 miles from Atlanta)
No set schedule as yet, but I always do at least one major talk, plus one or more book-signings.


Atlanta (This con is immense, and held in four hotels at once. I don’t yet have any sort of schedule, but will be attending with Betsy Mitchell, the DelRey editor for THE EXILE, and we’ll be doing at least one panel together, with slides of artwork from the graphic novel. I’ll certainly also be doing autographing.)

I’ll be switching back and forth between the Decatur Festival and Dragon*Con, so catch me at whichever one is most convenient and/or suited to your personal style!

September 11 – BOOKMARKS Book Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
Speaking and signing – times TBA.
www.bookmarksbookfestival.org for details.

THE EXILE is the new graphic novel, with Jamie’s (and Murtagh’s) side of the OUTLANDER story, script by me, spectacular artwork by Hoang Nguyen.

The launch will be held at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts (http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/ ),
And will feature not only me, books, and food—but also a slideshow with commentary by me and Hoang Nguyen, who did the artwork for THE EXILE, and who will also be available to answer questions and autograph books.

While this event is sponsored by (and books supplied by) The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, they asked me to inform you that instead of reserving a book at the bookstore, you need to buy a ticket from the Center for the Arts (http://tickets.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/tickets/calendar.aspx ) to the event, and the price of your book is included in that. (You can also buy a ‘companion’ ticket for $5, if you want to bring a friend who doesn’t want a book.) [NB: The Center may not yet have their September program up; if not, please check back in a week or two.]

If you won’t be in town, or don’t live here, but would like to order a copy of THE EXILE signed by me, Hoang, or both of us, pleased contact Patrick@poisonedpen.com, or phone the bookstore at 480-947-2974.

Then comes a short(ish) book-tour. This is arranged by Random House, the publisher, and so far, I have only the following information available:

September 22nd – Tattered Cover
Denver, CO

September 23rd – Rainy Day Books
Kansas City

September 25th – National Book Festival
Washington, DC

September 28th – Book Passage
San Francisco, CA
Joint talk & signing with illustrator, Hoang Nguyen.

September 29th – San Diego Booksellers Coalition (Warwick’s, Mysterious Galaxy, Book Works)
Actual venue TBA, but somewhere in San Diego
Talk & signing

September 30th – Vroman’s
Pasadena, CA
Talk & signing

October 2 – Barnes & Noble
Tucson, AZ
Talk & signing

October 3rd – Borders
“The Waterfront,” Scottsdale, AZ
1-3:30 PM – book-signing; don’t know if they’ll be set up for speaking.

October 7th – Borders
Westbury, NY
Talk & signing—10/7

October 8-10
New York Comic-Con/ Special guest spotlight panel, signing
(with Betsy Mitchell, editor for THE EXILE)

October 17th – West Virginia Book Festival
(Yes, I am on the program, even though not listed on the website at the moment.)

October 22-24 – Surrey International Writers Conference
Surrey, BC
This is a paid writers conference (and an excellent one; the only one I do every year), but they do also have an open-to-the-public mass autographing session on Friday evening. This is held at the Guildford Sheraton Hotel, which hosts the conference, and is usually from 5:45 – 7:30 PM.

I may do one or two outside (public) events to promote THE EXILE while I’m attending the conference, but no information on that as yet.


November 11-14 – Scribbler’s Retreat Writers Conference
St. Simon’s Island, GA

November 16th – Arizona Library Association conference
Radisson Hotel, Scottsdale
Contact Jennifer.Whitt@pima.gov for details.

For other inquiries regarding book-tour appearances, please contact
Katie Rudkin | Publicity Manager | Random House
1745 Broadway | New York, NY 10019
Tel: 212-782-9356 | krudkin@randomhouse.com

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  1. Dear Bonnie–

    Actually, they almost always send me to Seattle, and sometimes even Portland, on one of the big regular booktours. This one is a short tour, though–there's just way too much traveling.

  2. This is so depressing, I'm from the DC area but will be starting school in Wisconsin this fall so I'll miss the National Book Festival. I've been looking out for a book signing in my area since discovering and falling in love with your series last summer. I'm almost contemplating taking the flight home just for that weekend, it'd be totally worth it. I suppose Wisconsin is just not a very happening place for book signings and such.

  3. You will be doing more stops in Canada?! How exciting! Let me put in a good word for Alberta–we'd (and I speak for the whole province when I say this ;D )love, Love, LOVE to have you here.

  4. Well, look, guys–

    The unfortunate fact is that I just can't be everywhere. [wry g] And if I expect to ever finish Book Eight, SCOTTISH PRISONER, or anything ELSE, there's a distinct limit to how many places I _can_ be.

    The publisher–who has to pay to transport me to all these places, as well as going to the trouble of arranging events–decides where they think the most effective places for me to go are, on the basis of consultations with the sales reps, who are very familiar with the bookstores and sales patterns in their areas.

    There's a small bookstore in a tiny town in…actually, I can't remember…whose owner writes every time I have a new book out, offering to do a tea or some other special event, and telling me how much her patrons would LOVE me to come. Well…I'd love to come, too. But the bottom line there is that she might sell forty books, and her sales aren't reported to the New York Times.

    See, from the publisher's point of view, they send authors on tour in order to concentrate sales of a new book near the date of the book's release, in order to a) get the book on the NYT list, or b) drive it farther up the list. That's it. Very venal [g], but true, alas.

    So they aren't going to send me to anyplace that's not likely to get a big turnout, alas–nor to anyplace lacking a big independent bookstore or one of the huger B&N/Borders store–because those are the stores whose input determines Da List.

  5. I actually feel verra bad for you. That's a hell of alot of travel to put on to you (with a recovering knee) when I'm sure all you really want to do is write Book 8. LOL (okay so maybe a little greedy on my part that I really want you to finish Book 8)

    All the best to you and hopefully with so many dates (and dates for Canada to be announced (YEAH!!), I could sneak away to a signing too)

    Take care, MichelleKCanada

  6. I swear no matter how hard I try I always miss you in Decatur and its only 10 minutes from the house. Why oh why must we take the girls to thier grandparents in Florida that weekend? Do you think my husband could make it by himself for 6 hours in the car with a 4 year old and a 6 month old? Don't worry I already know the answer, so I'll try to catch you next year. :D Enjoy the Atlanta area while your here.

  7. So happy to hear that there are more Canadian dates to come!

    Until then…safe travels to you!

  8. Texas, Texas, Texas! Nuff said.

  9. Just saw a date for Pasadena and I can tell you I'm verra excited. Will be there with all the other addicts!!

  10. Want to have lunch when you're here in San Diego? ;)

  11. That's excellent about the Canadian dates! Hopefully Toronto's nestled in there somewhere :)

  12. I sure hope you'll be speaking earlier in the day in Winston-Salem, because then I can talk my husband into making the trip with enough time for us to get home Saturday night! I am looking forward to this so very much!

  13. I am so excited that you will be at DragonCon in September since I'll be there with my husband!! I never dreamed that I would have the chance to see you in person. No books have ever become such an obsession for me as your Outlander series. And I'm happy to say that I've convinced several co-workers to read them as well (one even yelled at me because it was my fault that she couldn't get anything else done because she couldn't stop reading!!). Thanks for bringing Claire and Jamie into our world. :) Gina D – St. Charles, MO

  14. I am SOOOOO happy that you are coming to Kansas City and just 3 days after my birthday (happy birthday to me!) I am looking forward to this and wanted to make sure that I can bring other books (besides THE EXILE) to sign (other books meaning the others by you!). I hope to be coming with my friend who introduced me to your books some 12 years ago. VERY EXCITED!

  15. Dear jazzmomma–

    That should be fine. I'm always happy to sign whatever people want to bring. _Occasionally_ a bookstore will want to limit the number of books someone can have signed, if there's a huge crowd, but it's usually possible to have the person next to you carry some of your overflow, if that should be the case. [g]

  16. Dear Deb–

    Would love to, but a) I have no idea what time I'll be hitting San Diego, and b) from my experience with book-tours, they don't allow for leisurely (or even hasty) lunches. One is lucky to get a banana in the backseat.

  17. Hello Diana,

    I'll be seeing you at the National Mall in Washington DC in September. I'm sooo happy and very excited to finally get to meet you in person. If I have to camp out there overnight, I will. and Yes I'm so glad that you said we can bring your other books to be signed as well. Yeah!!! I'm ecstatic!!


  18. Dear Wan–

    Whoa, a minute. The National Book Festival is different. They _won't_ let you bring in other books to be signed, because they have huge crowds and strictly limited time; each author only gets one hour to sign books, then has to leave to make room for the next. So to make sure as many people as possible get their new book signed, they don't allow outside books at all. Bookstores generally do, but not the Book Festival. Hope to see you there anyway, though!

  19. Thank you. Thank you for Clair and Jamie, and John and William, and Jem and Ian, and all the others! Am sorry to be such a fast reader. Have inhaled last and am not sure what to do during the on-going hiatus. Do you ever plan to come to Stockholm? Though, that being said, the Highland Games sound like fun and are not too far away. Hmm… Take good care, and not just for selfish reasons of my own. Cheers!

  20. Diana,
    Wish you were coming further south…we in South Florida love you! I have gotten several of my friends hooked since i moved here…I'd say come for the warmth, but you have that…so come for the beach!

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