Much like the underground mystery that surrounds the book’s elusive director Cordova’s films, the launch party for Marisha Pessl’s Night Film was equally shrouded in intrigue. A small, select group of people were sent an invitation to meet at the Random House building promptly at 5:30. After meeting up with Andrea (Cozy Up With a Good Read) first and heading over, we were handed a ticket by one gentleman and told to go find the girl on the corner holding a clipboard with the book cover on it. We headed out to the street and spotted her, with a few other familiar faces including Laurie from Chatelaine Books.
After waiting for a bit longer, another gentleman gathered the crowd and lead us down and across various Toronto streets, passing a large tour bus parked on the side (to which I asked if that was where we were going… which it wasn’t, to the chuckle of our guide). We finally approached a dark awning with a doorway that lead down a few steps into a dimly red-lit space and were greeted by others from the Random House team who handed us some drink tickets and welcomed us into the club. Wow, was this a great venue for the party. Everything was decked out as eerie and creepy as Cordova’s movies, including a projector with a slideshow of photos from the book, the Rolling Stones magazine cover with Cordova from the 1970’s and a special Night Film cocktail, which we enjoyed along with the delicious hors d’oeuvres.
About 45-60 minutes into mingling, the guest of honour was introduced and Marisha stepped up to the mic to say a few words before finding a table to sign copies of her books. With the signing queue growing, we grabbed ourselves a spot in the line as Marisha graciously chatted with each person as she signed their books. Everyone hung around and enjoyed the company for at least another half hour more before the crowd started thinning and it was at that point that we eventually took our leave.
Thank you to Doubleday and Random House, the fabulous staff at Reservoir Lounge and the beautiful & talented Marisha Pessl for an amazing and cinematically creepy book launch party. And, like I said in my review: The less you know about Night Film (when reading it), the better.