It’s less than six weeks until the release of Mockingjay. Until now we hadn’t heard of any plans for midnight release parties for the book launch, but today we can tell you that some of the bigger independent book sellers have decided to get in on the excitement and throw their doors open on the night of August 23 in anticipation for the August 24 deadline.
The biggest event would have to be at Books of Wonder in New York City. It’s the location of the official launch party for Mockingjay and Suzanne Collins herself will be there.
As they mention on their website …they’re incredibly, extremely, ecstatically thrilled to announce that they’ll be hosting the event.
It all starts on Monday night, August 23 at 8:00pm. The Hunger Games themed celebration will kick off with activities and entertainment varying from face painting, magic and tattoos to jugglers, street performers and tarot card readers. Just before midnight, Suzanne Collins will personally hand stamp each book with a special stamp designed exclusively for her 2010 Mockingjay tour events (apparently a hand injury has meant Ms Collins is unable to actually sign any books).
For those that want to go along here’s how things will work. Books of Wonder will close at 7pm as usual on Monday, August 23rd, then reopen at 8pm. Beginning at 8pm, there will be two lines to check in. One line will be for those who have paid in advance to pick up their vouchers that will be exchanged at midnight for your copy of Mockingjay. The other line will be for those who wish to pay for their copies that night. After paying, those customers will also receive their voucher to be exchanged at midnight for a copy of Mockingjay. Numbers will be given out as you receive your vouchers. However, we should warn you that the pre-paid line will move much faster (since there will be no waiting for people to pay) and so those folks will get to the front of their lines faster and so most likely receive lower numbers. After you have received your vouchers and your number on line, you are free to enjoy all the entertainment and activities until just before midnight, when SUZANNE COLLINS will read. After her reading, we will line people up in numerical order and beginning at midnight, start handing out books in number order for people to get their books stamped by Ms. Collins.
So don’t miss out on this gala event! Going from 8:00pm to 1:30am, the Books of Wonder official Mockingjay launch party is sure to be a night you and your teen readers will never forget.
As reported earlier Borders stores around the US will hold Fan Fest parties on Saturday August 28th – four days after the Mockingjay release date.
So what are you hoping to do on August 24? Let us know if you know of any release parties in your area and what you will be doing to get the book as soon as possible.