If you cast your mind back to a blog I wrote last month, you’ll recall I was trumpeting the possibility of two big book-related events, wedding-themed and quite silly, to promote the novel THE KNOT by me (Mark Watson), released last week and already the third-biggest selling book in history after the Bible and that one about bondage. Some of you were in Edinburgh and saw that I was as good as my word. We got a church, a string quartet, even a wedding car the same model as the one the book’s narrator drives, and we launched the hell out of the bloody novel. If you go on my Tumblr site (not my site; it’s about me, though) you can see pictures of what clearly goes down as Literary Larking About. We also had canapes in Waterstone’s. Not everyone can say that.
We come now to the second part of my grand plan: the London launch. This will take place on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19th at 6pm and 7pm. The 6pm bit will be at St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, in Central London (WC2, sort of Bloomsbury area). I will do readings from the book, crack some jokes or remarks, basically it’ll be like a comedy show/wedding/literary salon crossover. At 7pm we then saunter over to Waterstone’s on Gower Street where there is free food and drink and I sign copies of the book, and people hang out, perhaps replicating the sort of small talk you get at weddings (didn’t she look beautiful!; what a shame about the weather).
The 6pm leg might suit people who are not doing a job, or not one that keeps stringent office hours. The 7pm section is ideal for ‘coming straight from work’ plans. Together they should form quite a memorable evening. Maybe – just maybe – the best evening of your life. But it really does depend on what else you’ve done so far and how well it went.
If you are interested in coming, and are on Facebook, there’s an ‘event’ page you can sign up to below. If you’re on Twitter, you can send an RSVP to @watsoncomedian. Or you can of course leave a note on this blog, or shoulder-check me in the street and announce ‘I AM COMING TO YOUR EVENT’. It would be great to see some of you there (‘you’ being the general public, but I’m thinking particularly of the loyal people who read this blog and support things like my books and life). Also, keep checking back here because there’ll shortly be a competition to win copies of the book itself. What is, in fact, being called the biggest book/blog tie-in competition since the one I did for ‘Eleven’ two years ago.
Right. Facebook event here. Sign up! Tweet me! LET’S GET EFFUSIVE ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF THIS THING HAPPENING.