NIGHT CIRCUS: Bookswap Mashup
THE NIGHT CIRCUS: Booksmith's Bookswap Mixes It Up
with Erin Morgenstern
Friday, September 16
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway -- a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love -- a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Rich, seductive, Morgenstern's splendid and spell-catching debut novel is a feast for the senses and the heart and not to be missed..
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as "fairy tales in one way or another." She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two very fluffy cats. It's our great pleasure to welcome her to our festive celebration.
6:30 - 7:30 Erin Morgenstern talks, reads, and signs books (no charge; RSVPs requested via Brown Paper Tickets or in the store; preferred seating with advance purchase of The Night Circus at The Booksmith)
7:30 - 10:00 The Bookswap commences: eat, drink, talk, and swap (books) with Erin and like-minded booklovers, with cameo appearances by our Literary Clowns. (space is limited; tickets required: $25 at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006 or in the store)
Never been to a Booksmith Bookswap? Our wildly popular and always sold-out Bookswap evenings are scheduled four times a year or so. Book lovers from all over the Bay Area converge to eat deliciously, drink free-flowing wine happily, and share passionately one book they're evangelists for and to take home someone else's absolute favorite in the bargain (plus there's a discount coupon for everyone!) Which book to share this evening? Consider bringing something that struck you not only as wonderful, but magical. The interpretation is up to you!
More on The Night Circus:
"Pure pleasure...Erin Morgenstern is a gifted, classic storyteller, a tale-teller, a spinner of the charmed and mesmerizing -- I had many other things I was supposed to be doing, but the book kept drawing me back in and I tore through it. You can be certain this riveting debut will create a group of rêveurs all its own."
-- Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
"The Night Circus is a gorgeously imagined fable poised in the high latitudes of Hans Christian Anderson and Oscar Wilde, with a few degrees toward Hesse's "Steppenwolf" for dangerous spice. The tale is masterfully written and invites allegorical interpretations even as its leisurely but persistent suspense gives it compelling charm. An enchanting read."
-- Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
"A riveting debut. The Night Circus pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully-realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it."
-- Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife
"While there are echoes of Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus (a newspaper piece by a Rêveur, or circus aficionado, shares the name), Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, Morgenstern's vision remains distinct wholly her own. Great novels of the circus have frequently reveled in the underbelly beneath the daylight calliope, but here the author builds tension by refusing to allow her characters to give in to the dark. Nimbly leaping from one memorable character to another, from one wondrous scene to another worrisome secret, the author conjures a compulsive read carried forward by precise and lovely prose." -- Publishers Weekly
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