The first ever International Dorothy Dunnett Day, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the publication of The Game of Kings, was held on Saturday 15 October 2011 with readers gathering in locations around the world at 1 pm local time to toast the author. Meetings were held in Edinburgh, London, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Costa Del Sol and many other places.
You can see below what kind of IDDD events were arranged in 2011. If you got together with some friends to toast the Lady, please send a photo to Suzanne McNeill at [email protected]
Minneapolis-St. Paul, USA
Anyone in the neighborhood (or with friends in the neighborhood) is invited to join the Minneapolis-St. Paul celebration of International Dorothy Dunnett Day on Saturday, October 15. We will gather at True Thai, 2627 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, at noon. All Dunnett fans or would-be fans are welcome to attend, have lunch, and drink a toast to the amazing imagination of Lady Dunnett at 1 pm. If you plan to attend, please email [email protected] and put ‘Minneapolis-St Paul’ in the subject line by Wednesday, October 12, so that I can make a reservation for us.
New York, USA
Susan Taylor will host a gathering in Cherry Valley, New York to celebrate International Dorothy Dunnett Day. Please email her at [email protected] with “New York” in the subject line if you are interested in attending.
The International Dorothy Dunnett Day on Saturday Oct 15 2011 will be celebrated in Ottawa with a Mad High Tea Party. Meet at noon (the Toast will be at 1 pm) at The Tea Party Café – 119 York Street (near Dalhousie, just west of the Market). It is requested that for the Dunnett Toast you should wear a hat – any kind of hat: a bicycle helmet, cowboy hat, fedora, fine chapeau, or tiara. It doesn’t have to be shaped like a sentry box, but that will earn you bonus points. There will be an award for the most interesting hat. You are asked to bring along your favourite quotation from Dorothy Dunnett’s works, or from her life, or a quotation about her. No more than 500 words, or we could be reading to each other from the books all day. If you don’t have a favourite line, pick one at random. RSVP by October 13th, please, so I can adjust the reservations as necessary. Reply to [email protected], putting “Ottawa” in the subject line.
Belgium, Spain, Seattle, and Madison, Wisconsin
Zeba Clarke is hosting an event in Belgium; Liz Cochrane at Mijas, Costa Del Sol, Spain; Regina Cullen in Seattle in the USA; and Rose Helmberger at Madison, Wisconsin in the USA. If anyone would like to attend any of these events, e-mail [email protected], putting “Belgium”, “Spain”, “Seattle” or “Madison” in the subject line.
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
The northern California celebration of International Dorothy Dunnett Day will take place at our home in San Rafael. At 1:00pm PDT, we will raise a toast to Dorothy, the Dorothy Dunnett Society, and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Game of Kings (a First Edition will be available for photos of Not-So-Extreme Dunnetting). Of course there will be more to eat and drink, but that will depend on the numbers attending. For further information, write to [email protected] and specify “Northern California” in the subject line.
Olive and Kelly DePonte
Gloucester, Avon and Oxford, England
The first International Dorothy Dunnett Day will be celebrated near Roman Corinium – otherwise known as Cirencester. We shall be meeting in the Fleece Inn, Dyer Street at 12 noon and raising a toast at 13:00 to 50 years of Dorothy Dunnett literature, to Dorothy Dunnett, to the Dorothy Dunnett Society and to all the many Dunnett readers around the world. We’ll be ordering pub grub, and in the afternoon may visit Cirencester’s Roman Amphitheatre and Museum. Drop an email to Simon Hedges to register an interest or for more information. Ave Dorothy!
South Ontario, Canada
The first International Dorothy Dunnett Day will be celebrated in S. Ontario at 12:30 pm. The venue is yet to be decided, but will be somewhere between Toronto and Niagara. Anyone in other parts of Ontario (or farther afield), who may be travelling our way during that week, is welcome. We will raise our glasses in a toast at 1:00 pm to celebrate 50 years of Dorothy Dunnett’s literature. Whether you’re a seasoned member of the Dunnett readers’ community, or attending a gathering for the first time, you are most welcome. All those interested may contact me at [email protected] Please put “Ontario” in the subject line.
Dunnett readers from British Columbia (and Alberta and Yukon, we hope) will be gathering on October 15th to celebrate Dorothy Dunnett, her writings, the Dorothy Dunnett Society, and all the friends we have discovered through reading these wonderful books. We will commemorate the first International Dorothy Dunnett Day with food and drinks and talk and fun, and at 1:00pm we will join with other Dunnett fans in toasting the Lady who has given us 50 years of passionate engagement with her writing and her readers. The welcome will be hearty, but our venue arrangements are still tentative. Please e-mail me (Susanne Lloyd) so I can keep you posted.
The Berkshire/Buckinghamshire Celebration of The International Dorothy Dunnett Day will take place at our home in Bracknell Berkshire. At 1:00pm we will raise a toast to Dorothy, The Dorothy Dunnett Society, and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Game of Kings and hopefully discuss Dunnett topics. Anyone who likes her books is welcome. We hope to provide lunch depending on numbers attending. For further information, write to [email protected] and put “Berkshire” in the subject line.
Jayne and Adrian Smith
South Texas, USA
The first International Dorothy Dunnett Day will be celebrated on Saturday October 15, at 12:30 pm. The venue is yet to be decided. Anyone in the area of San Antonio, Austin, and Houston or anyone else in the state are welcome. We will have a toast at 1:00 pm to 50 years of Dorothy Dunnett’s works. Please let me know at [email protected] if interested, and put “Texas” in the title and we can then decide on where would be the best place to hold the luncheon and at which restaurant. I hope you can come and share a salute to Dorothy on that day.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The Boston area celebration of the first ever International Dorothy Dunnett Day will take place at our home in Needham, Massachusetts. Please join us to commemorate Dorothy Dunnett’s huge achievement in the literary world. At 1:00pm, we will raise a toast to Dorothy Dunnett, The Dorothy Dunnett Society, and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Game of Kings. We plan to provide a light lunch. For further information, write to [email protected] and specify “Boston” in the subject line.
Susan and Joseph Silverman
If you would like to meet up with other Dunnett folk on IDDD (15 October) for lunch and to raise a glass to Lady Dunnett at 13:00 followed by a sea-side walk in the Eastbourne area on the first International Dorothy Dunnett Day, please send an email to Sheila Harper at [email protected] for more information and put “Eastbourne” in the title. Time may vary somewhat – Sheila can advise.
International Dorothy Dunnett Day on 15 October will be marked in Edinburgh at Dorothy’s commemorative stone in the Makars’ Courtyard beside the Writers’ Museum off the Royal Mile, followed by lunch. Please join us at 12 noon when we shall commemorate Dorothy and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Game of Kings with a simple flower ceremony. All members and friends are welcome.
If you would also like to attend lunch afterwards please let Ann McMillan know by 20th September so that she can make bookings.
Update 9 Oct: If members will now meet at the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge at 10.30 am, Robin Smith has arranged for a private showing of some of the archives relating to The Game of Kings. Robin can accommodate 15 people in the small room, which is the number of members booked. Please contact me if you are able to manage this earlier time, and for more information. For security reasons the Library will require the names of those attending. I am sorry about the late arrangement but this was unavoidable.
If you would like to meet up with other Dunnett folk for a drink/lunch/chat and, most importantly, to raise a glass to Lady Dunnett at 13:00 on the first International Dorothy Dunnett Day, please join us in Fifth View at Waterstone’s on Piccadilly from 12:30 on Saturday 15 October. We’d love to meet new people as well as to catch up with old friends. For further information, please contact Jenny Francis.