One Book One Bluegrass 2013
One Book One Bluegrass is a community reading program that encourages everyone in Central Kentucky to read and discuss the same book. This year's selection is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. One Book One Bluegrass is a collaboration between the public libraries in Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford counties. WUKY-FM is a media sponsor.
by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, was released in September 2011 in hardcover, and is now available in paperback as well. You can probably get it wherever books are sold, as it is sometimes difficult to buy books in places that don’t sell them.
It is a phantasmagorical fairy tale of magic and romance set in historic late 19th-century London. The book has drawn comparison with the Harry Potter series, as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Susanna Clarke, and Steven Millhauser. It is not aimed at young adults, but has been recommended for teens. The novel’s rights have been sold in 30 countries, and Summit Entertainment has contracted the film rights. Jim Dale, who narrates the Harry Potter audiobooks, also narrates the audiobook of The Night Circus. Harvill Secker, the British publisher for The Night Circus, contracted Failbetter Games to create an interactive browser-based puzzle game to accompany the book (www.nightcircus.co.uk).
In an interview with School Library Journal, Morgenstern describes the short, self-contained chapters as recapitulating the myriad tents of the circus, and the black and white with a splash of red motif as showing dangerous passion simmering just below the surface.
The Night Circus won an Alex Award from the American Library Association in 2012.
About the author in her own words:
I studied theatre and studio art at Smith College.
I grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Steve Carrell now owns the store where I bought penny candy and blue raspberry Slush Puppies as a child. This both amuses and disturbs me.
I was reading Stephen King at age 12 and J.K. Rowling at age 21. This likely speaks volumes about my literary development.
I currently live in Manhattan; previously I lived in various Massachusetts cities. I would still favor Boston sports teams if I cared about sports, but “I heart NY” so far.
I write. Fantastical, fairy tale-esque things with magic and mystery and tea.
I started querying literary agents in June of 2009. After working with interested agents and revising my manuscript (twice), I signed with my agent in May of 2010. Then I spent a summer in the Revisionland Hotel, and in September of 2010, The Night Circus sold to Doubleday. The sound you are hearing is my head spinning, still.
My fiction tends to be location-driven. Nocturnal circuses, subterranean libraries, townhouses dressed up as pirate ships. I got tired of living in Alice’s Wonderland and decided to build some of my own.
I write 10-sentence flash fiction pieces inspired by photographs that are posted to my blog (http://erinmorgenstern.com/blog/) every Friday. They are fondly known as flax-golden tales.
I read a lot. I drink absurd amounts of red wine and even more absurd amounts of tea.
I collect jewelry made from old keys.
Excerpts available at erinmorgenstern.com/the-night-circus/