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Arcanum Unbounded BYU Release Party

On Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m., I will be doing the world’s first signing for Arcanum Unbounded. Please note that this is not a midnight release, as we’ve done in the past, though there will likely be midnight release parties for future books, just not this time around. We’re using the Digital Line again, as it’s worked well for the last few releases, so mark your calendars for November 10th at 10:00 a.m., which is when the digital line’s entry form will become available. Numbers will be assigned by the order you enter the line, which closes on November 20th at 11:59 p.m. Further details from the BYU Store and my signing assistant Kara are below.

Let me tell you about a cool new thing we’re trying out for this event. When you pre-order Arcanum Unbounded, you will have the option to purchase a Cosmere-themed t-shirt, which will be exclusive to this event and not available anywhere else, including my store, for at least six months. This t-shirt is awesome, as you can see in the pictures here. The front features the newly-release Cosmere symbol, and on the back is Sanderson’s Zeroth Law: Err on the Side of Awesome. (See, I wasn’t just saying the shirt is awesome.)

Now, there will be other ways to get signed copies of Arcanum Unbounded. I’ve got a short tour planned, and signed books will be available at my various stops. The events page has details. You can also order a signed copy online from the BYU Store or from Weller Book Works. (Details on the Weller Book Works signed copies can be found at the bottom of this link. Please read all the way to the bottom to see how these editions help the Waygate Foundation. This is the only way to get a signed, numbered, and personalized book outside of the actual signings. Books ordered to be shipped from BYU will only be signed and numbered.)

Release Party Details:

November 9, 2016: Arcanum Unbounded Book Bundles become available for pre-order on

November 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.: Digital Line Opens

Only one submission per person. This is a line! (Duplicates will be deleted.) Please do not sign up for the Digital Line if you’re not attending the release party.

You will be required to preorder Arcanum Unbounded by November 20th in order to be assigned a number and guarantee that a book will be there for you to pick up on November 22nd. Books can be ordered in person at the BYU Store or online at (choose the shipping option “Service Desk Pickup” to get your book at the release party). Books ordered through will not be charged to your credit card until November 21.

You can pick up your number in person from the BYU Store starting on Monday, November 21, at 2:00 p.m. Bring a photo ID and your receipt or proof of purchase. If you do not pick up your number before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 22nd, your number will be given to someone else. If you show up after this point to pick up your book, you will be given a different number or a refund. The BYU Store will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22.

At 6:30 p.m., fans will be able to enter the Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) and go to Room 3228 (third floor by the bookstore) which is where we will be holding the release party. Official start time is 7:00 p.m. for Games and Trivia. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Around 7:45 p.m. Brandon will hold a reading and Q&A in Room 3228 WSC. At 8:30 p.m., guests will be asked to line up in numerical order in preparation for the distribution of books in the BYU Store itself. Once guests have picked up their signed & numbered books, they are free to leave or to get into a separate line to have their books personalized by Brandon.

Cash registers will close at 10:00 p.m. All purchases must be made by this time.

Can’t attend the release party? See the previous post about ordering from Weller Book Works, or you can preorder a book from the BYU Store and they will send you a signed and numbered copy of Arcanum Unbounded after the Release Party. You must purchase your copy by November 20th (to ensure a numbered/signed copy). The numbers for these copies will be assigned after the event. Again, please do not sign up for the Digital Line if you’re not attending.

Now, here’s the important part. It’s hard for stores to judge how many copies to order for this sort of event, and I’m worried that BYU might not order enough. They might run out. Therefore, they are letting you preorder to be assured you get a book. If you preorder, you are guaranteed a book. If you don’t preorder, it’s first come first served. If a lot of people preorder, they will get in more books to make sure everyone who ordered early is covered. They have ordered a ton of copies, but it’s always possible they could underestimate and some readers could go home empty-handed.

So, for this event, we strongly encourage you go to the website and order your book ahead of time. It will save you money and will make things easier for us. Let me say one more time, however, that you do not get your number based on when you preorder, though you do have to have paid for the book before you can get your number. You get the number based on when you signed up for the digital line. Preordering just guarantees that you get a copy, not that you get a low number.

Details Recap:

BYU Store, Provo, UT

  • 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 10th (digital line signups begin at this link)
  • 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 21st (numbers begin being distributed at the BYU Store)
  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 22nd (doors open)
  • 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 22nd (Party begins!)

Preorder by going to the BYU Store website. (For the shipping option, choose “Service Desk Pickup.”) You’ll need to bring your receipt or proof of purchase as well as your photo ID to the BYU Store before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22nd in order to get your book number.

Thank you again! We’re excited for you to get your hands on Arcanum Unbounded!

|   Castellano