Parasol Protectorate Dickens Invasion!


Saturday December 15th I will be infiltrating the Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace just outside of San Francisco, CA. (Free Courtesy Shuttle from Glen Park BART station every 20 minutes, from 10:15 AM to 7:15 PM.)

Dickens Faire costs $25 to attend but it is well worth the money as it starts at 10, doesn’t end until 7, and there is something to do for every second of those 8 hours. (Including a delectable High Tea.)

Dickens Tardis

5 PM at the Green Man Parlour I will be signing and possibly reading a bit. There maybe even be a small Q&A if our gracious hostess allows, and there are enough interested parties present. Green Man Parlour is on the map near Pickwick Place.

Please do come, I would love love to see some of you there! In victorian, steampunk, or everyday garb, just come.

Also please bring your own books. There will not be any for sale (that’d not be proper in this particular environment.)

Yes, I’ll be milling about enjoying the fair beforehand. I should be easy to spot, I’ll have my vintage black parasol and be dressed as the cover of Changeless. Happy to have a chat, some tea, or a dance, but please come to the event at 5 if you want anything signed and don’t ask in the street? Thank you.


I will be trying to do this under the radar. I’d rather not make a fuss, it’s intended to be a bit of fun because I love Dickens Fair. And I think you would too. It’s like experiencing Alexia’s world inside our world, and it certainly influenced my books.

Aside from a few select friends (and now you, Gentle Reader) no one Important will know I am there. It’d be great, therefore, if you didn’t go asking at the front gate “Where’s Gail Carriger?” Or inquiring of the Powers That Be, “Hay when’s that Gail Carriger signing?” Because they won’t have any clue what you are talking about. And I’d really love it to, ah-hem, stay that way.


Surprise bonus photo op! If you stay to the end of the Fair I’ll be (most likely) trotting down to do a window at Dark Garden at 6:30pm. No, it won’t be risque, but I will be doing the five Alexia poses from the covers of the five Parasol Protectorate books, with my parasol, in order, in a corset, for your delectation.

Did I mention they have the most wonderful Hot Buttered Rum at Dickens? Oh yes they do. And the Rum Cake at the Tea Room is to die for!

Book News:
Etiquette & Espionage will be released in audiobook format, but I understand it will take longer to organize the recording process than the printing. I don’t have the release date yet, rest assured the release date will appear on my website and my blog as soon as I know anything. The narrator will not be Emily Gray, we wanted a younger voice for Sophronia. But I have been in on the process and I can tell you she will be wonderful.

Quote of the Day:
“I will be found best to have at least two teapots, and not to put more than three tablespoons in each. Anything more tasteless or injurious than tea that has been stood strong and then watered down cannot be imagined.”
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888


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  1. Angelica R. Jackson said:

    Yikes! That might be worth the drive from Sac . . . I know a few of the Sac Steampunkers are coming out on Sunday. But I'm still wiped out from driving so much last weekend so I probably won't make up my mind until Sunday!

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