One of the biggest cases of book adoration pre-release that I've seen this fall has been for Erin Morgenstern's debut novel The Night Circus (I think the other is for Michelle Hodkin's The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer). I recently won a finished copy of The Night Circus from the awesome people that run ChaptersIndigo's Twitter feed during a trivia round about 2 weeks ago. It sounded magical and romantic and mysterious, book bloggers and industry pros I know on Twitter are gushing like mad, and a news desk (I don't remember which) dubbed her "the next J.K. Rowling" (which I have issues with, mostly in terms of how much unnecessary pressure that puts on the author and because someone clearly made the obvious 'magician/wizard' connection without stopping to think).
Then on Monday morning I saw Random House Canada tweet this: "To celebrate the book launch of The Night Circus join us in downtown TO
& Van Sept 13, 8am Yonge/Dundas Square & Robson Square." How awesome does that sound?? :) (Of course, if you're just finding out about this now and you wanted to go, you're probably upset. Oops.)
Of course, this meant getting up kinda early (for me). At 6am.
I was tweeting during the event (thank you, new smartphone), and here are a selection of pictures. Hope you enjoy. :)
And they got a guy on a unicycle. That's awesome. People will see that and go, "What's the deal? Oh, hey, it's a book," then walk over and take a copy. :)
They picked a good spot, at Robson Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver, right across the street from the art gallery. It was cool and cloudy this morning, though, but I think they got the message out. That this book is going to be awesome.
Michelle at Just a Lil' Lost wrote a blog post about the event in Toronto. You can read it here. :)
Check back tomorrow for a new post on The Night Circus. :)