International Dorothy Dunnett Day 2016

The sixth annual IDDD took place on Saturday 12th November 2016, when once again Dunnett Readers across the world met in homes, restaurants, pubs, parks, museums and other locations; and at 13.00 (1 pm) local time they raised a glass to toast the Lady who started it all, and to absent friends.

A thoughtful moment at Dorothy Dunnett’s memorial stone in Makars’ Court, Edinburgh, on IDDD 2015. (Photo: Ann Auchterlonie)

Here are details of some of the gatherings that took place on IDDD 2016.  If you would like to help organise an IDDD meeting on Saturday 11th November 2017, or to attend one, please email us at [email protected].  It doesn’t matter if there are two of you or two score.


Falls Terrace Restaurant, 106 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater, WA.  Please RSVP to [email protected] with ‘Oregon-Washington’ in the subject line.

Sydney, Australia

12 noon on 12th November at The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Walsh Bay. RSVP to [email protected] with “Sydney” in the subject line.

Des Moines, Iowa USA

Meet at noon at Django French Bistro, 210 – 10th Street (downtown).  For information, contact Suzanne Robinson at [email protected] with ‘Des Moines’ in the subject line.

San Francisco Bay Area

November 12 at 12:00. For details please email [email protected] with “SF Bay Area” in the subject line.

Pittsburgh, USA

The Pittsburgh Dunnett Reading Group will be gathering for lunch to honour Dorothy’s memory on Saturday 12th November from 1:30-3:30 at the Café at the Frick. Please make contact via [email protected] with “Pittsburgh” in the subject line.

Melbourne, Australia

12 noon-2 pm at a venue in Melbourne to be confirmed. Contact Sarsha at [email protected] with “Melbourne” in the subject line.

Ottawa and Eastern Ontario

Meet at the Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George St, Ottawa, at 12 noon. Bring with you:

  • a favourite passage from the Dunnett books
  • a question about Dorothy Dunnett or about the books. (No promise we can answer, but we can try!)
  • and wear something Dunnett-related, however tenuously!

Contact Elizabeth Holden at [email protected] with “Ottawa” in the subject line.

New York (Albany/Capital District)

12.30-1.30 pm at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203.  Contact Susan Taylor at [email protected] with “Albany” in the subject line.


12 noon-2 pm at Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2. RSVP to Tina Dallas at [email protected] with “Toronto” in the subject line.

UK South-West and Cotswolds

12 noon-2 pm at a venue in or near Cirencester, to be confirmed. For more details contact Karen Alvey at [email protected] with “UK South-West” in the subject line.


Readers on the West Coast of Canada will celebrate IDDD in Joey’s Restaurant at 1424 West Broadway. If haven’t yet connected and you want to come, please let Susanne know before Nov 4 so that she can confirm the booking.  Contact Susanne at [email protected] with “Vancouver” in the subject line.

Boston, USA

12 noon-2 pm at Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts.  For further information contact Stephanie Martin at [email protected] with “Boston” in the subject line.


10.30 am we meet at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, to view their Map Exhibition.  At 11.30 am we assemble at Makars’ Court to commemorate Dorothy Dunnett.  12.30 pm, Michael’s Steak and Seafood Bar, Jeffrey Street, for lunch, ready for the toast at 1 pm.  Everyone is welcome. Contact Barbara Milner as soon as possible because numbers may be limited – email her at [email protected] with “Edinburgh” in the subject line.

London, UK

We will meet at noon at the Adam and Eve pub.  If you would like to join the London gathering please contact Jenny McNamara at [email protected] with “London” in the subject line.

Minneapolis-St Paul

12 noon-2 pm at Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis.  Contact Kit Gordon at [email protected] with “Minneapolis” in the subject line.

New Orleans

We will celebrate IDDD one day late to accommodate two of our oldest members who can’t make it on 12th November, so our plan is to meet at 1 pm on 13th November.  Contact Terenia Guill at [email protected] with “New Orleans” in the subject line.

Kent Island, Maryland

12 noon at Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House, 500 Kent Narrows Way North, Grasonville, MD 21638.  All are welcome.  Contact Jeanne Markowski at [email protected] with “Maryland” in the subject line.