Powell’s Books has won Scholastic’s Mockingjay in-store display contest. The bookstore constructed a 17-foot cornucopia to beat out the rest of the competition. Their prize? A visit from Suzanne Collins at their West Burnside location on Sunday, November 7th.
Powell’s staffer Suzy Wilson had this statement in the release: “A visit from The Hunger Games series author, Suzanne Collins, is better than birthdays and snow days! 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.”
Publishers Weekly has the Powell’s Books a picture of the staff in costume. New York City’s Books of Wonder hosted a Collins visit during a Mockingjay midnight release party. Owner Peter Glassman offered these thoughts on the trendiness of YA series, ” I think what’s really great is that adults aren’t afraid anymore of being seen reading kids’ books. It’s okay for a grown-up to enjoy children’s literature.”
One week later, Mockingjay went on to sell more than 450,000 copies. Since its publication, Scholastic has printed a total of 2 million copies.