Archive of Author Events

• 2017

May 27: Montreal YA Fest. It was their inaugural festival, and it was a blast!

February: I gave a workshop on Writing a Historical Novel at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, in magical San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico.

• 2016

In October, I gave a slide-show presentation on Josephine and Napoleon at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, as part of their wonderful Napoleon and Paris exhibition.

In February, I was part of two panel discussions at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, a wonderful conference in magical San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico.

• 2015

My talk/reading at the Bonnechere Authors’ Festival 2015 in Eganville, Ontario, on July 29, was great fun. Full house!


StarFest in St. Albert, Alberta, on October 16, was over the top. Full house again, and a wonderful crowd.

• 2014

May 4, Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Arnprior Public Library, together with the Arnprior bookstore.  A small but sweet gathering in this wonderful library, and toped by the best sugar butter tart imaginable!

April 29, Tuesday, 9:00 am., Different Drummer, Book & Author series. Burlington Golf & Country Club, 422 North Shore Boulevard East. A huge turn-out,

April 25, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Hamilton, Ontario: reading and talk at the Hamilton Central Public Library (55 York Blvd.), but organized by the Bryan Prince bookstore. This was a heart-full crowd. Memorable for me.

April 24, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, Toronto, in the Atrium of the Toronto Reference Library, a reading and talk.

April 23. Twitter #LitChat.

April 15, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., reading and talk at A Novel Spot in Etobicoke.

April 12. North Shore Writers’ Festival, North Vancouver City Library, “Enlivening the Past,” historical fiction writers’ panel with Daniel Kalla, Mary Novik, Roberta Rich and me, moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.

• 2013

August 2. International Napoleonic Society‘s annual congress at the Fairmont Hotel in Toronto. Clips from the documentary “In Search of Josephine” and talk about filming the movie.

June 27. Reading and talk at the Killaloe Public Library, Killaloe, Ontario.

February 17.  Internet Book Promotion for Luddites workshop at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference.

February 18; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Workshop on “Internet Book Promotion for Luddites” at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference

• 2012

August 6, Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada.

• 2011

May 27-28, guest author at the Banff Book Discussion Weekend in Alberta, Canada.

• 2010

September 22-26, workshop on Net Marketing for Luddites (click here for my detailed talk) and a reading/co-interview with author Joan Thomas in Kingston, Ontario, at the Kingston Writers Fest.

May 12, The Abbey Bookshop, Paris.

February 22, Hotel Real de Minas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: panel discussing screenwriting and books into film.

• 2009

November 12, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico. San Miguel Literary Sala. A reading from Mistress of the Sun. Also featured archivist Barbara Levine, author ofFinding Frida Kahlo.

June 6. Workshop session as part of Editors’ Association of Canada conference in Toronto.

May 31: “Books and Brunch” at Blue Heron Books, Uxbridge, Ontario.

May 27, fund-raiser for World Literacy of Canada, at McKinsey & Company at 110 Charles Street West. Kama, a literary series.

April/May Blog Tour links:

April 7 — Historical Tapestry, guest post: “Why I love unhappy endings.”

April 10 — Reading Group Guides: guest post, “How a bookclub changed me as a writer.”

April 14 — “Exploring Goggle’s Underbelly” — salacious tips on

April 14 — Scandalous Woman: read the review!

April 15 — Reading the Past, guest post: “What to leave in . . . and what to leave out: crafting a story from history.”

April 16 — Marta’s Meanderings, review (“definitely a book I’d recommend to everyone”), giveaway, guest post: “The ups and downs of historical research.”

April 17 — Travels of the Bookworm: review, giveaway, guest post: “Viewing history through a kaleidoscope.”

April 20 — Historical Novels: Review & Q&A (with picture of me with a white horse.)

April 21 — Devourer of Books: Review and guest post: “The Dangers of Armchair Time-travel: how to safely explore the world of the past.

April 23 and 24: Peeking Between the Pages: Review (“one of those novels where you just find yourself so entranced by the story you are unable to stop reading until the last page is turned”), giveaway, and guest post: “Peeking between the Pages . . . and into the Past” (how I came to be a historical novelist).

April 24 — EpicRat: Review (“Blindingly Brilliant as the Sun”), Q&A & giveaway.

April 29 — Planet Books: Review (“a lush, engulfing and entirely entertaining example of historical fiction in it’s finest form”), and Q&A

April 29 — Booking Mama: Review (“MISTRESS OF THE SUN is one of the best historical fiction books that I’ve read in recent memory… I couldn’t put the book down”) , giveaway and guest post: “Mothering as Key to Character

May 1 — The Tome Traveller: Review (“Petite won my heart on the very first page”) and giveaway.

May 1 — Raucous Royals: Review (“…although this is an adult novel, it will also appeal to teens who love romance with a twist of equestrian lore”), featured book and giveaway.

May 4 — Shhh! I’m Reading: Review “If you enjoy historical fiction, do yourself a favor and pick this one up! You won’t be disappointed,” and guest post: “On the joys of travel research.

May 5 — My Friend Amy: Review (“I highly recommend this captivating read. Once you start you won’t want to put it down. It’s engaging, interesting, and feels true to life.”) and guest post (“Writing about real people: respecting their memory, their ghosts“)

May 7 — Enchanted by Josephine: Review (“I was enraptured from beginning to end. Splendid!”), giveaway and guest post “Choosing between characters— Impossible!”.

May 8 — Skrisha’s Books: Review (“If you are a fan of historical fiction, or are interested in the court of Louis XIV, this book is a must read”)

May 11 — Writing the Renaissance: Review (“I enjoyed it immensely”), giveaway, Q&A.

May 14 — Linus’ Blanket: Review (“Sandra Gulland weaves a remarkable tapestry of the sights and sounds of seventeenth-century France. I enjoyed the wealth of details about the beliefs, customs and superstitions of the time”) and giveaway.

May 15 — Kris WaldherrReview (“Gulland is a master of observation…Highly recommended!”), Q&A and giveaway.

May 20 — Books Love Jessica Marie: Review (5 stars, a glowing review) and giveaway.

May 22 — Medieval Woman: Blogging with Historical Fiction Writer Susan Higginbotham. Giveaway and Q&A.

February 24. “What: no panties? The 17th century revealed.” PEN lecture (in costume) at  the Bellas Artes auditorium, San Miguel de Allende.

February 21. Session on on-line promotion at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

• 2008

October 16, Barry’s Bay, Ontario: reading at the Barry’s Bay Library.

July 23, Eganville, Ontario: talk and reading for the Bonnechere Authors Festival – a fundraiser for Literacy Plus.

July 2, Oakland, CA, A Great Good Place for Books.

July 1, Corte Madera, CA: Book Passage.

June 30, Pasadena, CA: Vroman’s.

June 28, Thousand Oaks, CA: Borders Books & Music.

June 28, La Jolla Arts Festival.

June 27, La Jolla, Warwick’s.

June 25, Bellevue, WA, Bellevue Regional Library.

June 24, Boulder, CO: Boulder Bookshop.

June 23, Edwards, CO: The Bookworm of Edwards.

June 21, Ladue, MO: Barnes & Noble.

June 10, Grand Rapids, MI: Schuler BooksE.

June 19, Kansas City, MO: Kansas City Public Library (co-hosted by Rainy Day Books),  joint event with historical mystery author Rebecca Scott, author of Ghostwalk.

June 18, Mequon, WI: Schwartz Bookshop.

June 13, Lake Forest, IL: luncheon hosted by Lake Forest Bookshop at Lovell’s.

June 13, Wilmette, IL: Borders.

June 12, Naperville, IL: Anderson’s Bookshop.

June 11, Ann Arbor, MI: luncheon hosted by Nicola’s Books at Quarter Bistro, Westgate Shopping Center.

June 11, Birmingham, MI: Borders.

June 9, West Chester, PA: Chester County Books.

June 6, Wellesley, MA, afternoon tea at Wellesley Public Library, Wakelin Room.

June 5, New York, NY: Barnes & Noble.

June 4, New Canaan, CT: luncheon of salad, soup, etc., at the New Canaan Public Library. Elm Street Books sold books at the event.

June 4, Madison, CT: 7:00 p.m., RJ Julia bookstore.

June 3. Mistress of the Sun released in the U.S. Touring the U.S. for four weeks.

May 12, Killaloe, Ontario: an event at the Killaloe Public School.

April 25, Vancouver: North Shore Writer’s Festival. Lynn Valley branch of the North Vancouver District Public Library.

April 24,  reading in Calgary at the Memorial Park Library.

March 4, Toronto: Pages’ “This is Not a Reading Series, an evening of “French Fashion and Royal Scandal.” With Nathalie Akinson of the National Post. Gladstone Hotel. A charming account of the evening in the Post: “Almost raunchy book reading,” by Mark Medley.

March 3, Waterloo: Evening event with Words Worth Books. Freezing rain and an Elton John concert equaled a small, but intimate audience. Reading with Mary Swan and the two of us afterwards chatting so informally with the friends and family who had risked their lives to come see us!

(Video) March 2, Cobourg, Ontario: “The Avid Reader Afternoon Tea with Sandra Gulland.” Woodlawn Terrace Inn. Tea and scones, etc.

(Video) February 28, Toronto: “Literary Buzz: Vintage France.” French Wine Tasting evening with a reading and presentation at Bayview Branch in the Bayview Village Shopping Centre.

February 24. San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Workshops, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Workshop on “Historical Fiction Writing.”

February 23, Mistress of the Sun  officially published in Canada.

• 2007

June 9, session on “Rewriting the Role of Women” at the Historical Novel Conference in Albany, New York. Others on the panel were novelists Mary Sharratt (panel organizer), Sarah Johnson, Susanne Dunlap and Suzanne Adair.

February 24, Beverley Donofrio, Susan McKinney and I gave a workshop on “How Meeting With Other Writers Can Benefit Your Work” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

• 2006

September. a research trip to France, researching my next novel.

May 26, 27, 28. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.  one of  four novels to be discussed at the 45th Annual Book Discussion Weekend at Banff, Alberta.

February 28, reading  with Beverly Donofrio and Susan McKinney
in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Beverly will be interviewin Susan and me on how a writers’ group helps the writing process. Sponsored by San Miguel PEN.

February 25, a one-hour talk on “Writing a Historical Novel” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference.

• 2005

May, in Europe, doing research for the next novel.

Feb. 4, , San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Posada San Francisco, reading from Bone Magic (now Mistress of the Sun). Also reading was  Jo Ann Bender, Kathy Snodgrass and Luis Miguel. Organized by the Authors Sala of San Miguel.

• 2004

October 22-24, 29-31. St. Louis, MO, USA. Beckah Voight performed “Josephine Bonaparte: Martinique to Malmaison,” a solo dance theatre performance inspired by the Josephine B. Trilogy.

October 5. BBC World radio, The Word. Discussion on researching and writing historical fiction with Antoine Audouar, Bernard Cornwell and me.

October 3. Eganville, Ontario. Talk in aid of the Cancer Society.

August 9 – 15. Edinburgh, Scotland. Clair Naylor performed her play on Josephine, “Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe,” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

• 2003

November 16. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Talk and reading at The Louisiana Art & Science Museum in connection with a museum exhibit titled, “Joséphine, le grand amour de Napoléon.” (The tag line: “Josephine: a little romance, a lot of history.”)

Nov. 17 : Shreveport, Louisiana. A talk to The Hypogeum Society at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, followed by a reception and dinner.

Nov. 18: Shreveport, Louisiana, speaker for the Rotary luncheon. That evening I spoke at a dinner for the English Speaking Union.

Tour in October to Nelson, Creston, Castlegar and Grand Forks, B.C., in Canada.

September: research trip to France.