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'Outlander' author to speak in New Bern, Burlington

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Diana Gabaldon, the author of the “Outlander” book series, will visit two N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources attractions for ticketed events.

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The Daily Reflector

Sunday, March 17, 2019

If the names Jamie and Claire — and the endearment Sassenach — make your heart flutter, you dinna wanna miss several upcoming events in New Bern and Burlington. 

Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the popular “Outlander” book series, will visit two N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources attractions for ticketed events on April 26-28

Now an award-winning Starz original TV series, currently in its fourth season, book four in the series, “Drums of Autumn,” along with the following books, takes place largely in North Carolina. Two locations central to the series’ storyline — Tryon Palace in New Bern and Alamance Battleground in Burlington, site of the battle between the Regulators and Gov. William Tryon’s troops — are preserved as State Historic Sites.

“These books and the television show based on them have such a devoted fan following,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “Ms. Gabaldon has infused her books with North Carolina history, including actual historic events and people in her story. We are excited to share a few of the real places that are central to the narrative of the “Outlander” novels, and to learn more about her research and creative process.”

Tryon Palace Events, April 26-27

On April 26, Tryon Palace will host “An Evening with Diana Gabaldon,” featuring a cocktail hour in the historic Commission House and formal dinner on the South Lawn, as well as remarks from Gabaldon. At 5 p.m., mingle with Gabaldon and VIP guests at the cocktail hour, limited to 75 ticket holders. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and select drinks, as well as preferred seating at the dinner on the South Lawn. At 6 p.m., join an Outlander-inspired meal on the picturesque South Lawn. Hear remarks from Gabaldon and enjoy select drinks at the cash bar. Formal attire. Tickets for the VIP event will be $450/person; tickets for dinner on the South Lawn only are $300 per person.

Tryon Palace will present “A Q&A with Diana Gabaldon” on April 27. Join Gabaldon on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about her writing process, research, and how she chose to include Tryon Palace in her bestselling novels. Gabaldon will answer visitor questions while time permits. This event does not include autograph, photo, or book signing opportunities. Tickets for this event are $35 for tent seating, $25 for lawn seating.

Tickets for both events go on sale on Monday at 10 a.m. at www.tryonpalace.org.

Tryon Palace also will offer an exclusive Tryon Palace Foundation Member ticket presale on Thursday and Friday. Tickets may be purchased by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 639-3524. This presale only is available during those times by phone. Tickets are limited to four per Foundation membership.

Alamance Battleground Events, April 27-28

The Paramount Theater, 128 E Front St., Burlington, will host Diana Gabaldon at 6 p.m. on April 27 for a talk and book signing. VIP tickets for this event are $100 and include an opportunity for an autograph from Gabaldon, and a photo using your own device. General admission tickets are $50, and do not include a signed book or photo. Tickets go on sale on March 18. Tickets only are available through eTix at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/12794 or by calling the Paramount Theater box office at 336-222-8497.

An event titled “Experience Outlander at Alamance with Diana Gabaldon,” will take place on April 28. The Alamance Battleground State Historic Site will host Gabaldon at a VIP Brunch. Tickets for this event are limited to 40, and will include a history of the Regulators, the events that led to the Battle of Alamance and a walking tour of the battlefield. Gabaldon will read from “The Fiery Cross.” Brunch will be served.

Tickets for the brunch and tour are $300 will go on sale on March 18 through EventBrite.

Proceeds from all events will benefit the support group for each site.

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