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Dream Come True at the Delta

Last night was so exciting for me. One of my favourite authors, Diana Gabaldon was talking at the Delta Hotel for Reading Town PEI. The event was sponsored by my favourite local bookstore, The Bookmark. They are so supportive of authors and have events throughout the year.

We made a night of it. Seven of us met for supper at the Water’s Edge at 5:30 before the event at 7:30 pm. The Water’s Edge team really knows how to spoil. I have a bunch of allergies so the chef came out and spoke to me about my supper. It was amazing salmon with smoked salmon and arugula paired with a side salad. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We did not have time for dessert, which was fine because I was so excited about the event.

Some of our crew went and got seats while we paid for our meals. There were over 600 people waiting to hear Diana. The energy in the room was amazing. We were sitting with Dr. Edward MacDonald a UPEI History Professor. He was lucky enough to have supper with Diana Gabaldon. It was not long before she was on. What an amazing speaker. Time flew. She reminded me of why I write and how much fun it can be. The audience was enthralled, especially when she read a scene from her current book. Then we got to ask questions.

Kilby was not sure if she could stay through the line up to get her book signed, but I was determined. She had her original paperback well read and so loved. I knew she needed it signed so right after the talk we pushed up to the front and got in line. It is hard to describe the excitement I felt. The girls who had books had their names printed on post-it-notes marking the page they want signed. We chatted and the time flew, suddenly we were right there. Kilby got her picture and we left. I drove some friends home.

Going back by the Delta I thought you know what I need to get a picture too. I stopped back in to the Delta picked up a book and waited at the very back of the line. Diana did not make us feel rushed, and was wonderful signing books. I never know what to say and I am sure I came off as so dorky but what a moment. I got my picture.

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Thank you everyone who planned this wonderful night for us!