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Book News Thursday: Major Coup — Suzanne Collins Comes to the City of Books

  • Better Than Birthdays: It's hard to talk about this without sounding like we're bragging, and really, we're just bragging about our amazing Kid's Team, who came up with an exceptionally awesome display to commemorate the release of Mockingjay for our midnight party. (Relive the magic here).The tireless team of Hunger Games devotees outdid themselves by creating a 17-foot cornucopia and a gigantic mockingjay that hovered above the Orange Room floor. Not only was creating the display more fun than a bucket of bananagrams, their hearts swelled further as they absorbed the wonderment and adoration expressed by attending fans. And now, the feather in their caps. Drum roll please....

    Powell's Books has won the Scholastic in-store display contest!

    And the prize? A personal appearance from Suzanne Collins herself.

    A visit from The Hunger Games series author, Suzanne Collins, is better than birthdays and snow days!' said Suzy Wilson from Powell’s Books children’s team. 'We are ecstatic for the legions of Mockingjay fans in our area — many of whom waited for hours for the midnight release — to have won the Scholastic contest. It is an amazing opportunity for all those passionate readers to meet their favorite author. The celebration continues, and costumes are not required...but welcomed.

    The best-selling author will appear at our Burnside store on Sunday, November 7, from noon to 1:30pm. Due to a hand injury Ms. Collins will be stamping one book per customer with a special, commemorative stamp. Clear your calendars folks! This will truly be a memorable event.

  • Club it Up (But Don't Forget the Wine): Until recently, the concept of "book clubs" may have slightly jumped the shark. The term tends to conjure images of house-wives, in sweater-sets, sitting around smoking, munching crudités, and discussing Anaïs Nin.According to the Chicago Tribune, however, book clubs are sexy once again. But, like other sexy things, it may take some looking for find the right one. Bev Duquenne, a newcomer in Hudson, Ohio reminisces about her trial and error experiences:

    She remembers the first one she joined, at a library. "I felt like I was in a business meeting. We sat around a table, like a boardroom, and discussed this book. There was no wine, there were no hors d'oeuvres. It was not fun.

    Well geez....you gotta have wine. Good heavens.

    It's really just all about what floats your boat, and then finding other folks whose boats are similarly inclined. Add hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages, or perhaps combine the book club with a supper club and you're on your way to literary nirvana. It takes dedication, but once you're there.... bliss.

Book News Bit's 'n' Bobs

  • Escaping the skepticism that surrounds every book written by a well-known actor is tough and requires diligence. Beware the assumption that every pretty face featured on the silver screen is masking a flaccid mind. Take James Franco for example. Author of Palo Alto: Stories and undeniably attractive. And yet, as he revealed to the Daily Beast, reads plenty of books, from Faulkner to Bukowski, and has thoughts on them. Real thoughts.
  • Ron Charles, book reviewer for the Washington Post, has taken technology by the horns and launched a video book review campaign... if by book review you mean witty, tongue-in-cheek satire. He actually manages quite well, and talks about it on this article on the Huffington Post.
  • Desperately trying to get your book some publicity? Take a page from Jay-Z's (wah-wah) marketing campaign. Although, you might have to pull some serious strings to get your readables hung on billboards in Times Square.Other, rather gimmicky, placements include the bottom of swimming pools, linings of jackets in window displays, and printed on pool table felt. Pages of Jay-Z's book, in a myriad of unexpected locations, will soon be popping up all across the nation, from Manhattan to LA. Now that's convenience. Who needs a Kindle?

Via the Twitters (Hey, are you following Powell's Books on Twitter?)

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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Powells.com. Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling a kindergartner, chasing after her toddler, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
    Used Hardcover $8.95
  2. Palo Alto: Stories
    Used Hardcover $8.95



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