Scholastic announced Thursday that Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., has been selected as the winner of the publisher’s in-store display contest, earning a visit from Suzanne Collins. Participating bookstores were challenged to create a display reflecting the look and spirit of Mockingjay, the final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. Collins, who launched a 12-market North American tour to promote her novel after its August 24 release, will now add another city to her itinerary when she stops in Portland on November 7.
Chosen for its creativity and style, Powell’s display featured a 17-foot cornucopia as its centerpiece. Suzy Wilson, a member of Powell’s children’s team, proclaimed a visit from Collins “better than birthdays and snow days!” She said that the staff is “ecstatic for the legions of Mockingjay fans in our area, many of whom waited for hours at our store for the book’s midnight release. It is an amazing opportunity for all those passionate readers to meet their favorite author.”
Mockingjay sold more than 450,000 hardcover and eBook copies in its first week on sale and currently has two million copies in print in the U.S.There are now almost seven million copies in print of the trilogy, which also includes The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The Hunger Games novels have been sold into 41 territories, and film rights have been optioned by Lionsgate, with Collins writing the screenplay.