Diana Gabaldon’s internationally best-selling, eight-title multigenre “Outlander” series is a publishing phenomenon translated into 34 languages across 38 countries, with 25 million copies in print (including the three “Lord John” spinoff novels).
Though some call it “time-travel historical romance,” Gabaldon insists it’s “an (epic) that exists on multiple levels. It’s the evolution of a relationship. Romance novels don’t have sequels, and mine do.”
It was no surprise when the Starz network debuted the cable-TV series last year, with Irish actress Caitriona Balfe (“Now You See Me”) as Claire, opposite Scottish actor Sam Heughan (“A Princess for Christmas”) as Jamie.
Now Adhamh O’Broin is coming to town. He’s the series’ Gaelic-language coach responsible for perfecting the language and accents spoken by the Scottish characters. Catch him at 3:30 p.m. March 24 at the Sacramento Public Library, 828 I St. The event is free, but registration is required, at www.saclibrary.org.
SPCA Used Book Sale
The annual Sacramento SPCA Used Book Sale is underway, offering thousands of gently used titles in more than 40 categories at bargain prices. The fundraiser benefits the SPCA, which cares for thousands of homeless animals yearly. The sale continues through March 29 at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, at the north end of the mall near the Macy’s menswear store. Bring your own shopping bag. Information: www.sspca.org, (916) 961-7150.