, author of the Outlander
series of novels, was the guest of the Sacramento Public Library on June 13. The author spoke with Sacramento Public Library’s Stephenee Borelli in front of a sold-out audience at the Crest Theatre.
Borelli created the “How Outlandish
” event series during 2013, which brought hundreds of people to the Library to learn more about Gabaldon’s books and the real historic backdrop of 18th
century Scotland. The series—which has sold more than 17 million copies—combines romance, adventure, fantasy and historical fiction. Gabaldon announced on her Facebook page
on Wednesday night that Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
will be No. 1 on the next New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller list.
The author signed books and chatted with library staff backstage before the show.
Moderator/event organizer Stephenee Borelli is also a skilled costume designer who created the dress she’s wearing. She’s shown with husband and occasional library modeling partner
, Dominic, as Jamie and Claire.
Dominic Borelli, dressed as Jamie Fraser, posed with the cut-out of Sam Heughan, who will play Jamie Fraser on the new Starz “Outlander” television series
Stephenee Borelli, left, was the event moderator and the creator of Sacramento Public Library’s “How Outlandish
!” event series in 2013, based on Gabaldon’s books.
Stephenee Borelli, Diana Gabaldon and Donald Wilson, a board member with the Saint Andrews Society of Sacramento
and a board member-alternate with the Sacramento Public Library Authority Board
. Wilson also gave a talk during the “How Outlandish
!” event series organized by Borelli, speaking on the influence of Scottish-Americans on the Colonial era and the America Revolution.
Joshua Brown of Skye Highland Outfitters
started the event with a bagpipe number. Last fall, he gave a lecture on clans and tartans for Stephenee Borelli’s “How Outlandish
!” event series.
One of those who came in costume was Betty Jenks, who dressed as a nurse, heroine Claire Randal’s profession in the books. Jenks also came all the way from Idaho, a distance of about 700 miles, to attend the event. At left, Alylene Fields showed up sporting a “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
” T-shirt—with matching book, of course.
Allie Forgatsch, Leanne Tullis, Caroline Heise and Sonya Rinkus showed up early to make sure they were at the front of the line.