Sunday, July 8, 2012

Our Night Circus

Photo courtesy of Justin Moore
We were fortunate enough to host the paperback launch release for The Night Circus this past Tuesday. This is one of those books that a good number of us had read. Six! With all our ranging tests, and with so many new, used, and yet-to-be-published books at our fingertips, six of us having read the same new book is impressive. I don't want to give too much away about The Night Circus because part of the fun of this novel is how the plot unfolds, but briefly it is about Celia and Marco, two illusionists, who at a very young age are sealed to compete against each other in a competition. This book is my kind of summer read. The world is magical, the writing is very sensory, and the story is absorbing enough to keep me firmly in my beach chair.

Events crew with author Erin Morgenstern
We went all out for the launch party. We converted events director Evan's office into a fortune teller's lair; a magician dazzled all ages in our childrens section; and our special guests, the band Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, kept things lively in the Used Book Cellar. The staff dressed in black and white and red, we served caramel popcorn and many different kinds of fizzy drinks, and we gave prizes to those who joined in the fun by dressing up. One of our costume contest winners received a journal in which Katrina sketched a lovely intricate tree to mimic Marco's in the book, and our other contest winner won a gift certificate to the store. The Huffington Post's Books Editor Andrew Losowsky interviewed Erin after her reading, and the rest of the Huffington Post books crew covered the event.

Katrina's sketch in a leather Toscana journal

Here are some more pictures of our reading-launch-party-circus, courtesy of Justin Moore. And definitely pick up The Night Circus, now out in paperback!

Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys performing in the UBC

Author Erin Morgenstern signing copies of The Night Circus
Events Director Evan judging the costume contest


Night Circus party favors
Check out more photos from the event over at Justin's flickr page.


Midnyte Reader said...

Very nice re-cap. The Night Circus is one of my favorite books ever.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Looks like it was a great event!