The Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy, is one of the most anticipated book releases of the year. Anticipation – and speculation – have been building ever since fans closed the page on the cliffhanger ending of Catching Fire, the second book in the series. Today Scholastic has made two announcements. Firstly it’s decided to increase the first printing of Mockingjay from 750 thousand to 1.2 million copies. At the same time, they’ve also announced that author Suzanne Collins will conduct a 12 city North American tour to promote the release of Mockingjay.
She will hit the road starting on the release date of August 24 and will tour bookstores in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Boston. In September she will continue the tour in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, and in October she will travel to Chicago, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. The tour will conclude in November 2010 with visits to bookstores in Northern California, Seattle, and Vancouver.
For those that have yet to discover The Hunger Games, it’s a futuristic trilogy for ages 12 to adult. It was published in September 2008 and became an instant bestseller. The Hunger Games was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2008, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2008, a 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice, a Kirkus Best Book of 2008, and a 2008 Horn Book Fanfare Book.
Catching Fire is the second book in the trilogy and was published on September 1, 2009. It debuted at #1 on the USA Today bestseller list its first week on sale and simultaneously appeared at #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Since the publication of Catching Fire, it and The Hunger Games have appeared together on the New York Times bestseller list (Children’s Chapter Books) for 40 consecutive weeks to date (through June 20, 2010). In addition, Catching Fire has been named a Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction Book of 2009, a People Magazine Best Book of 2009, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and a Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of 2009. Foreign publishing rights for The Hunger Games and its sequel have been sold into 39 territories to date.
In May 2010, Suzanne Collins was named among the 2010 TIME 100 Most Influential People.
Film rights for The Hunger Games have been optioned by Lionsgate, and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force production company will produce the film with Suzanne Collins writing the initial screenplay