(DISCLAIMER- I’m a horrible photographer so these pictures aren’t the best. Hopefully you’ll get the idea though!)
This past Friday, I had the opportunity to see Erin Morgenstern, the author of The Night Circus. I read the book a few months ago and loved it. You can read my review of it here. So when a friend mentioned that she would be coming to a bookstore in the area, I knew I had to go.
The event took place at an independent bookstore in the Atlanta area called Fox Tale Book Shoppe. It’s a gorgeous little book store in the downtown historic part of Woodstock. I got there about an hour early since I had no idea how large a crowd would be there and I knew I could always find something to do in a bookstore. I ended up standing right next to the table where she stood to talk.
The bookstore had created an absolutely amazing window display based on The Night Circus. Somehow, Morgenstern saw a picture of the display (through Twitter, I think). When Fox Tale asked her to come for a visit, she agreed!
So she came. She spoke for about an hour. Some highlights: she read the chapter where we first meet Bailey; she mentioned that the original idea was based on some Edward Gorey-esque (love!) figures in top hats and fur coats that she created during NaNoWriMo; The Night Circus itself took off when she sent those characters to the circus. Also, she spoke a bit about the fact that film rights have been bought already by Summit Entertainment (very exciting! this book is just screaming to be made into a movie).
Once she finished speaking, everybody went out the back door of the store and wound into a line around to the front. I was almost the very last person and it was a fairly cool night. But it provided an opportunity to speak to other book lovers and enjoy an beautiful night outside. I also got a chance to really look at all the wonderful displays Fox Tale employees had created for the night.
Finally, it was my turn. She asked if she could personalize it (I said yes), we spoke for a few minutes about how beautiful the book design was (she said she got lucky there, as she had no control over what the publishers decided to do), and then she agreed to a picture. I stammered out my thanks and walked away tightly gripping my brand new and freshly signed hardback, feeling slightly euphoric. It was my first author signing and I’m so glad it was such a pleasant, intimate one.
It was a beautiful night.