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“Mockingjay” Midnight Release Party

Very early this past Tuesday morning, throngs of young readers filled more than two and a half city blocks in downtown Portland to be the first to get their copies of Suzanne Collins's Mockingjay, the third and final book in her acclaimed, bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

As the New York Times noted:

It is not "Harry Potter" or "Twilight," but there are echoes of those phenomena in the reception of "Mockingjay," the final volume of Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" books, a trilogy of dystopian young-adult novels.

[...] At Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., managers have ordered 3,600 copies of "Mockingjay," a supply they hope will last about three weeks. Gerry Donaghy, the new-book purchasing supervisor at Powell's, said he expected the book would be right behind the Stieg Larsson "Millennium" series in sales for the year.

Check out our photos from the midnight release party below — and click here to see even more!

In addition, local children's author Lisa Schroeder has her own pics from the party, where she dressed up as Katniss!

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At various points in the evening, the line stretched all the way around Powell's flagship Burnside store — an entire city block!

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The Powell's staff were ready and in costume.

Some homemade Mockingjay shirts:
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Powell's Orange Room has been turned into a Hunger Games arena.

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The Cornucopia — no weapons, just books.

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Getting books stamped...

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Team Powell's for the win!

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Bookselling can be deadly.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
    Used Hardcover $8.95



4 Responses to "“Mockingjay” Midnight Release Party"

  1.  
    Beth A. August 25th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    That poster? Yeah, the one she's holding up? It sure would look cool in my classroom....

  2.  
    Amy August 25th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Congrats Kids team, it looks great!

  3.  
    Jessica August 25th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Awesome midnight release party!!

  4.  
    john August 25th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Suzie!!!!! looking good in that pic!!!

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