The Clockwork Three book launch report, as well as a few other cool things

Last week, The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City hosted the official launch of The Clockwork Three.  It was truly a wonderful experience.  The event was well-attended, with lots of family and friends there to show their support.  My parents and my sister even traveled in from out-of-state, and it meant a lot to have them there.

We held the event out on the store’s patio.  Here, Anne Holman, the general manager of The King’s English, is introducing me.  It was a very lovely introduction, full of things she hadn’t told me before.  (I promise you haven’t seen the last of Madame Pomeroy, Anne!)

Rachel, who I believe is the now the manager of the children’s section (sorry if I got that wrong,) ordered a very special cake for the event refreshments.

Yes.  That’s my book cover.  On a cake.  You know how people talk about devouring a book?  Well, we did.  And it was delicious!

I gave a short introduction to the story behind the book, and then I read a few pages.  After that, I took questions from the audience, and then I moved inside to sign books.  I have a video of the presentation portion of the evening (not the signing – that would be one boring video).  When I get some time, I may edit together a few clips.

I have to say, one of the overriding feelings of the night was disbelief.  I mean, here was an event that I had spent years dreaming about, most of the time wondering if it would even ever happen.  And yet, there were my books on the shelf.  It was all a bit surreal, but in the best possible way.  I owe a big thank you to everyone who came out to show their support, and who made the event what it was.  I may not have been able to talk to you all personally, but I noticed that you were there, and I appreciated it so much.  And a big thank you to Anne & Co. at The King’s English for hosting the event.

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Cynthia Leitich Smith interviewed me over on her Cynsations blog here.  Feel free to go check it out.

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Park City TV had me in their studio for an interview.  That was pretty cool.  If it ends up online, I’ll link to it.  But for now, here’s a picture of me with Ori Hoffer, the host of Mountain Views, just prior to filming the segment.

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The principal at one of the schools where I work did something really great for me the other day.  He had ordered several copies of The Clockwork Three for the school’s library (many copies, actually,) and when the UPS guy delivered the box, my principal organized a little ceremonial opening.  He gathered several students in the library, and we all opened the box of books together.  He took pictures, and they wrote something up in the PTA newsletter about it.  It was really nice of him to take a moment like that and turn it into something special that I’ll remember for a long time.  Thanks, Don.

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14 Responses

  1. Julie Hughes

     /  October 5, 2010

    The book looks great! And so does that cake! So sad I couldn’t be there! I’ll need to get an autographed copy one of these days.

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    • Matthew

       /  October 6, 2010

      And I’ll look forward to getting an autographed copy of your book, Julie, which I know will be soon.

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  2. Dave Lyon

     /  October 6, 2010

    Loved the book- bought it on opening day. Great job!

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  3. How cool for the kids at your school to get in on the excitement! Very fun.

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  4. That night was so much fun. What a celebration! You did such a great job, and that cake is just about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

    Too bad Bree didn’t get a cake, and we could’ve pretended we were hacking someone’s legs up.

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    • Matthew

       /  October 9, 2010

      Too bad Bree didn’t get a cake, and we could’ve pretended we were hacking someone’s legs up.

      Um. Okay.

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  5. Olivia

     /  November 6, 2010

    I have just started reading the book today, but I bought it at my school’s Scholastic book fair. My cover does not have the two kids (Hannah and Giuseppe?) on it. Do you have any idea why?
    Thanks.

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    • Matthew

       /  November 6, 2010

      I know, it’s a little confusing to have two different covers. The reason is that the bookstores requested that the children be added to the cover, but the Book Fairs preferred the cover without the children. The story inside is the same for both the Book Fairs edition and the bookstore edition. Hope that answers your question, and enjoy the book!

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  6. Heidi

     /  October 13, 2013

    Hello!
    What a great book! I am part of a mother/daughter book club that meets once a month. We take turns picking a book and hosting a discussion about the book. November my daughter and I will be hosting and we have chosen your book, The Clockwork Three! We are very excited to be hosting with such a wonderful book to talk about!
    Thanks,
    Heidi

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  7. non

     /  November 9, 2016

    the book is so good. it was so hard to put it down, plus it don’t help that I love to read books. The book wasn’t something that I normally read but it was different and it was actually really good. The clockwork three is AMAZING!!!!!!!! thanks so much

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