Katniss has been lurking at the edge of our minds since meeting her in Hunger Games. We are thrilled to be working with Scholastic books to create Suzanne Collins event at Hicklebee's that will include as many of her fans as possible!
Guidelines for her visit have just arrived. These have resulted in successful events across the country regardless of the size of the crowd.
We will begin handing out numbers for a place in the signing line at 6:00 P.M. (People who pre-ordered Mockingjay before 8/24/2010 with us should already have a number.)
At 7:00, Suzanne Collins will give a brief reading.
Due to an existing hand strain, rather than signing books, she will stamp ONE book per customer and will not be able to personalize any books. The custom-made stamp has been created exclusively for her 2010 Mockingjay tour and will be retired at the end of her tour.
If you'd like to take a photograph, please do, but in the interest of time we request you do not "pose" with Suzanne Collins. Have a friend snap it while she is stamping your book. Audio or video recordings of Ms. Collins are not permitted by request of the author and publisher.
Books purchased at Hicklebee's have absolute priority at this event.
There will be drawings for prizes--including a MockingJay pin.
This is one we haven't read yet - no advanced readers copies are available. Hunger Games and Catching Fire, the first two books, were spellbinding. Think Shirley Jackson's The Lottery mixed with reality TV/gladiators from Roman times. Add tough, resilient characters set against a government bent on total control. We can't wait to see what happens in Katniss' world next.
Ages 12 & up.
Update: We've read it and give it two thumbs up. Although the pacing is a bit different from the first two books, Mockingjay connects the dots and completes the story of Katniss and her world. Satisfying and thought-provoking.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.