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launched, part 1

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve never had a launch party OR a book come out in hardcover until MATCHED. So I could NOT stop grinning.

It’s taken me a little while to post about the book launches. The night after my last public event of 2010 (the Provo Library launch), the stomach flu began to run rampant through my family and my husband was out of town. Fun! But, actually, perfect timing. Anyway. Both of the launches were absolutely wonderful. This first post will be about the one by the King’s English Bookshop, a wonderful and well-loved independent bookstore in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many thanks to Rachel and Anne and everyone else who did so much to make this happen.

The opening book talk and Q & A were held at the 15th Street Gallery. The art was SO gorgeous and the space was just lovely. My mom is a professional artist and she was kind of going crazy when she saw this place, as were we all. After the Q & A we went over to the Bookshop for the signing.

Honestly, the whole book launch experience was sort of like an episode of This Is Your Life. So many wonderful friends from all through the years came, and it was excellent to meet new people too. I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to come. It meant the world to me. And I’m SO grateful to the wonderful booksellers at The King’s English who made this incredible event happen, and who are the ones who put books into people’s hands. You are amazing.

And now, without further adieu, some pictures taken by the lovely Brook Andreoli. All photos in this post are (c) Brook Andreoli and should not be used w/o permission. However, I am the one who (poorly) cropped the pictures of my family.

My sister, Hope, my brother, Nic, my husband, me, my mom. Not pictured, but soon to be pictured, my other sister, Elaine. And, because my kids were in this picture and I had to crop them out, I had to put this guy separately:

My dad.

My family drove all the way up from Cedar City (Mom, Dad, Elaine) and down from Logan (Hope, Nic) to be at the launch. I’ve mentioned them before and they are all in the acknowledgments of every book, but I have to say again: I could not have written anything without the support of my family. My mom and dad help out with my kids when I travel so that the kids don’t have to be with a babysitter during the day while my husband works. This despite the fact that my parents both have careers and lives and plenty of things to do. They’re amazing. They also read many drafts of the books, as do Elaine and Hope and Nic.

And as for my husband–well. He makes it all happen. He gives me the time to write, he’s the catalyst and inspiration for ideas, he reads more drafts than anyone else (except, perhaps my editor). One of the questions at the launch was this: “Who is hotter, Xander or Ky?” It was a great question and we all laughed, but the truth is that I put half of my husband’s attributes in Ky and half in Xander so I think they are both fantastic.

My dear friend and former college roommate, Emily, me, and the aforementioned lovely Brook Andreoli.

One of the beautiful displays in the gallery.

Part of the beautiful crowd in the gallery. Thank you all for coming!

Me, so happy to be talking to all the beautiful people among all the beautiful art.

I know I’ve posted this picture before, but I love it so much. All these fun writer friends and reader friends and friend friends hoisting their copies of MATCHED into the air. You can see my friend Mariam, who drove all the way from Cedar and who I’ve known since she was my team captain in high school, on the right, and her darling little blonde daughter hoisting the book over her head, and my mom laughing and…I just love this picture.

Shannon Hale came! I’ve been an admirer of hers for so long. I still remember buying The Goose Girl in Ithaca when I was living there and falling in love with Shannon’s writing. When I moved to Utah I was so excited to go to one of Shannon’s signings. I never would have thought she would come to one of mine. What a lovely thing for her to do.

Lauren, who came all the way from CA and who has been a huge supporter of MATCHED (and who is wearing the most fantastic skirt EVER). She said it was what she would have worn to the Match Banquet.

And, to finish, a photo taken by Libby. It’s Libby, Krista, Brooke, Elaine (my sister!), Jenny, and me eating dinner the night before the launch. These ladies all drove up from Cedar City as well (except for Lib, who came all the way from St. George), and two more friends from Cedar, Robyn and Bridget, came to the launch the next day. It was so good to see all these ladies, some of whom I’ve known since we were toddlers. They all have families and busy lives and it meant the world to me that they came such a long way.

Many thanks again to everyone for coming and for being so supportive. I am grinning again just looking at these pictures.

+ comments (10)
  • Kayla
    December 16, 2010

    wish I could have been there! Must have been DREAMY!

  • ShariArnold
    December 16, 2010

    What a great launch! Congrats!

  • Brook
    December 16, 2010

    What a lovely day.

  • Audra
    December 16, 2010

    Looks like a super awesome launch! Way to go!

  • CharlotteCondie
    December 16, 2010

    Ally, so wish I could be there too, to watch it all unfold. I’m just happy I got to hear the NPR spot!

  • Emy Shin
    December 16, 2010

    It sounds like an amazing launch party! Congratulations!

  • Remilda Graystone
    December 16, 2010

    It sounds like it was an awesome, awesome event, and the pictures are lovely and show just how great everything was! Congratulations! I wish I could’ve been there.

  • Dawn
    December 16, 2010

    Wow! I wish i could have been there! I graduate from BYU and leave Utah and then I miss out on all the cool stuff. Thanks for posting wonderful pictures!!!

  • Theresaaka~T~
    December 16, 2010

    Congratulations again! Wish I could have been there, it looks like it was a fantastic time. Maybe sometime you’ll wander toward Michigan and I can meet you! Thanks for posting your story and the pictures!

  • Jennifer Hales
    December 16, 2010

    I LOVED Matched, the only thing I am disapointed about is having to wait another year until Crossed comes out. Congratulations!

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