New York Times best-selling author and Northern Arizona University alumna Diana Gabaldon will speak about her latest book, The Exile, at a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Cline Library Assembly Hall.
Loosely based on the first book in her “Outlander” series, The Exile is Gabaldon’s first graphic novel. It debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List in October. Gabaldon wrote the script for the book and graphic artist Huang Nguyen illustrated it.
In 2007, NAU awarded Gabaldon with an honorary doctor of humane letters, the same year she also won a Quill Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.She graduated from NAU in 1973 with bachelor’s degree in biology and in 1978 earned her NAU doctorate in zoology. Gabaldon spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction. She has since published more than 15 novels and novellas. Her father is former Arizona Sen. Tony Gabaldon, for whom Gabaldon Hall is named.
Gabaldon also is an adviser to the English Department’s Thin Air magazine, a student-produced literary arts magazine. Managing editor Lydia Paar, an NAU English graduate student, calls Gabaldon’s upcoming appearance “an especially great opportunity for those with an interest in art and graphic design, but it has a wide appeal for anyone with a liking for rich, imaginative narrative.”
Copies of The Exile will be available for purchase and signing after her talk.