Meeting Author Erin Morgenstern

GSLIS student Nicky Fairless had a recent opportunity to meet Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, during a literary event held at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.

Fairless writes:

The Night Circus was one of my very favorite books of 2011, so when I heard Naperville was a stop on Morgenstern’s book tour I jumped at the chance to meet her! 

Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel The Night Circus is an enchanting read — full of fantasy, illusion, and international flare, with a pinch of forbidden love peppered in. The novel jumps back and forth through place and time during the 19th century unfolding events at a circus that “arrives without warning.” This circus magically materializes on the edge of towns and hangs an intriguingly simple sign… “Opens at nightfall. Closes at dawn.”  The Night Circus itself is a venue in which two young magicians engage in a fierce competition spanning decades of time, sparring feverishly back and forth with their intimately magical creations and manipulations– a maze of clouds, an ice garden, a living carousel –until they fall madly in love.

Morgenstern spent the first two years writing bits and pieces, little vignettes if you will, about her magical circus, not knowing where her characters would take her, until one day the light bulb went off… and off to the Night Circus she ran. Morgenstern joked during her reading, “When in doubt, add ninjas!” Oddly enough, there are no ninjas in her circus.

Inspired by Shakespeare, Morgenstern has created characters for her story to resemble Prospero and Miranda in The Tempest. In addition, Morgenstern consulted an almanac for the opening days of the fantastical circus, many falling on a Friday the 13th for that particular year.

Sadly there are no plans for a sequel, but be ready to see The Night Circus on the big screen, as the film rights were bought within three months of the book’s debut. Wow!

If you liked Harry Potter, then you will really enjoy the magical realm of The Night Circus. I have added my newly autographed copy to my bookshelf!

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