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Quick Question – 20th-Anniversary Edition

Well, it’s like this:  The new, snazzy, all-signing, all-dancing (well, singing, at least) 20th-anniversary edition of OUTLANDER will be released on July 5th.

On July 5th, I personally will be traveling from New York to Laramie, WY (which is one of those places that you can’t get there from here, so it will take all day, starting before dawn) in order to be the keynote speaker at the Sir Walter Scott Symposium held at the University of Wyoming. What with one thing and another (ThrillerFest, for one–it’s even more impossible to get _back_ from Laramie to New York, taking all night as well as part of the next day), I won’t be back in Arizona until sometime on the 10th.

Now, The Poisoned Pen bookstore has graciously offered to host an event for the launch of this book, if I’d like. The question, though, is really–would _you_ guys like this?

I’d be happy to spend an evening with you and sign your books (and perhaps read a few excerpts from the upcoming SCOTTISH PRISONER and the so-far-untitled Book Eight (I really must come up with a title one of these days), but I don’t know how much demand there might be for Diana Live {g}, given the nature of this particular book. I mean, it’s a _beautiful_ book, and stuffed full of entertaining extra material–but it’s not a brand-new novel, either.

Let me know what you think, and I’ll tell the bookstore in a couple of days.


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  1. Yes, please….I’ll be there!
    The new edititon is beautiful, by the way.

  2. I am a new fan. Friends have been recommending this series to me for years and I have all the books and am finally getting to it. I am halfway through Dragonfly and I would definitely come to see you at the Poison Pen all the way from North Phoenix! lol

  3. Your timing is so perfect. What a great gift.
    I have been trying to come up with and ideal thank you for BJ.
    She is my friend who introduced me to Jamie & Claire.
    Not a snowballs chance I’ll get to Arizona.
    How about I bring the books (I need 2) to Fergus?
    Any possibility of you having time to sign it then?
    The most important one would be getting a copy signed for my friend, BJ.
    Can’t wait for August. See you there.

    • Dear Mary–

      I’d be happy to sign anything you like at Fergus. Though it might be faster (and save you standing in line {g}) to order your books from the Poisoned Pen. They’ll mail them anywhere in the world.


  4. I vote for- keep working on book 8! and the Lord John books they are fun and fast to read!

  5. Diana,
    I love your books and have read the Outlander series multiple times, and I am so excited to hear that you will be in Laramie this summer. I live in Wyoming (near Yellowstone Park) and never thought that there would be a reason for you to visit Wyoming for something like this event! I am going to do everything I can to attend the symposium, and wanted to offer you advice on the area if you have any questions at all. While you probably do not have time to go visit Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks while in Wyoming, there are some beautiful things to see near Laramie as well (which is only two hours from the Denver International Airport).


  6. Diana,

    I have all your Outlander Saga books in Hardcover. I prefer hard cover because I keep them and I don’t share them with anyone.

    When I read your books I feel like I am right there with the characters. I am anxiously waiting for book (8).

    I am going to buy Scottish Prisoner as soon as it comes to the book store in town. I am on the book store list to notify when any of your books are released.

    Keep writing!

    Marilyn Ludden

  7. I grew up several hours north of Laramie, technically the real “middle of nowhere” as we had to drive 30 miles for school. I hope you find Laramie as beautiful as I do; I nearly went to college there but opted for the exotic and faraway Minneapolis instead!

    I, too, would travel to AZ for a book signing if I could. I met you in Tucson at the Book Festival in March. In fact, the newspaper took a photo of you signing a book for me. It was lovely! There is a link to the photo on my blog; I was traveling the country with my family in an RV and was so excited to have visual proof that I had met you! I made several friends jealous, by the way.

    Best of wishes for book 8. The cover for the new Outlander edition is breathtaking!

  8. I say yes, do it.

    I’d been to Scotland several times when I first read “Outlander”. When I read you’d not been there before writing it — the only conclusion I could make peace with — was that you’d channeled it.

    I’m on my third copy of that book. It’s gone with me through 7 moves, a bed rest pregnancy, sitting hospital bedside through the loss of 3 family members, plane rides, after school parking lots. It’s become a talisman guaranteed to take me back to a beloved place whenever I need it most.

    Which is not to say I haven’t read all your others and generally consume any written material that crosses my path.

    But this is a rare tale that deserves celebration.

    most sincerely,

    Catherine McLeod

  9. I read all seven books one after another and can barely wait for the un-named eighth. But I would like you to remain sane as well. I personally hate travelling, so what ever keeps you headed in the right direction is where my vote goes!
    P>S> Thank you for your stories. I love them. I know Jamie and Claire as though they were my own family.

  10. Congratulations on the release of the 20th anniversary edition. I have a copy of Cross Stitch so it feels almost like a whole new book for me. I wish I lived near the Poisoned Pen and could come along to the signing.
    I have ordered my copy from Amazon and it should arrive just before my birthday – hoorah! A nice little present for myself.
    I am looking forward to seeing you again when you make it to Brisbane, Australia.
    Best and speediest wishes for your writing!

  11. OMG has it really been 20 years since Outlander first came out? That means I was 20 when I bought my first copy and funny enough I remember where I bought my first copy – Queens Quay bookstore in Toronto.

    Congrats on the 20 years – heres to another 20 (sorry – can never get enough of Jamie & Claire) and heres hoping HBO offers to make Outlander the next major series!!!

    All the best!

  12. I have never really been a novel reader. I have always read Self Help and Motivational books. My mom introduced me to the world of Jamie and Claire over Christmas and I have swollowed them whole. I don’t think I have expierienced in a book, laughter, tears, anger, fear, anxiety, (yes lots of anxiety) and love. In order to sustain me till book 8 comes out, my husband (bless him) has agreed to read a little to me each night. This engages him into what I have been so wrapped up in and prolongs the world of Jamie and Claire thru till next year. We can only hope. I agree with so many others and would rather see book 8 finished. However, a novelists job is great in that you must continue to write and yet promote yourself. I enjoy the Poisoned Pen Bookstore and would come out to see you.

  13. I will be there July 11th!! Is it “for sure”?

    I started reading Outlander 20 years ago when it first came out. My son, now 19, is equally addicted!!!

    For his 20th birthday – he has asked for the entire series in hardbound. I have found all of the in first edition!!! How incredible to add the 20th anniversary book to the collection for HIS 20th birthday!!

    I have already ordered his personalized copy from the PP. But I will certainly be there if you have te event? When will we know it is for sure? Need to grt my plane ticket!

  14. Diana, I just read the all seven book’s this past year begining in Feb. and finished the 7th one in May . I fell in love with Claire and Jamie and just can’t wait till you publish the 8th book. I am going to order the 20th Aniversary edition as my friend loaned me her 7 book’s to read. I did buy the Outlandish Companion which I enjoyed reading. I will order my book from the Poison Pen and hope to get a signed copy from you. Again love the Outlander series , you are a wonderful writer. All the best . Marie Diehl

  15. Let me just say I will be there and several of my co-workers also. We are huge fans and always have been. Outlander is my favorite book of all time. You mentioned you wondered if there was still interest. I think you will be surprised. Out of all the authors I could have the pleasure to meet, you are at the top of my list. Looking forward to seeing you in Laramie! Wyoming welcomes you.

  16. I am thrilled that you are coming to Laramie, Wyoming. I can’t wait to meet you. We are huge fans and love all the books in the Outlander series. Thank you. We will be driving from Chyenne .
    A big Wyoming welcome.

  17. I have been wanting the hardcover copies of the Outlander series and then I saw the 20th anniversary issue of the first book.

    Will the other books be released in an anniversary edition??


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