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A phantasmagorical tale of magic and romance, Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel “The Night Circus” was published in September 2011 to critical acclaim and quickly found a spot on best-seller lists. Set mainly in 19th-century London (but one with a deliberately skewed history), it was compared to Susanna Clark’s “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell,” Christopher Priest’s “The Prestige” and the works of Neil Gaiman.

Erin Morgenstern (Photo by Kelly Davidson)

Morgenstern will appear Saturday, September 1, at the always well-attended Decatur Book Festival, now in its seventh year in and all over Decatur. In connection with her appearance, Random House and Morgenstern have agreed to give away five autographed copies of “The Night Circus.” And the only place to get them is here on ArtsATL!

But of course there’s a catch. In “The Night Circus,” two young magicians are constantly being tested, and you will be too if you want to win one of the signed novels. We’ve put together a little quiz about the Decatur Book Festival and its history to winnow things down to the most worthy.

In the age of Google, it’s almost impossible to make a really difficult online trivia quiz, but we hope there’s at least a little challenge here. The first five people to email all five correct answers to will have their names and information forwarded to Random House, which will send out the books.

In your email, make sure to include your name, mailing address and telephone number. In the event five people don’t send in perfect answers by Friday, August 24, we will award the books to the five people with the most right answers.

A big thanks to Erin Morgenstern and Random House for partnering with ArtsATL and the Decatur Book Festival for this unique opportunity.

Ready? Here we go.

  1. Natasha Trethewey, this year’s keynote speaker at the Decatur Book Festival, is the second U.S. poet laureate to give the festival’s keynote address (if you include former poets laureate). Who was the first?
  2. In her acknowledgments for “The Night Circus,” Erin Morgenstern credits two influences on her unique fictional circus. What are they?
  3. Novelist Michael Connelly, who is appearing at the festival again this year, loves jazz so much that he once assembled a CD of jazz music his fictional detective, Harry Bosch, listens to and gave the disc away during a book tour. What was the title of the CD?
  4. What is the title of Mary Kay Andrews’ first novel? (It was under a different name.)
  5. A famous Decatur musician and her father, an Emory University professor, once appeared together at the Decatur Book Festival. Who are they?

Good luck!

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