This is where I was yesterday after a ride on the T to Arlington….Vicky from Titcomb’s Bookshop & I travelled the T, met her niece, Molly, in Porter Square and proceeded to the New England Independent Booksellers Association in Arlington. There, along with other bookstore type people we were introduced to Suzanne Collins, author of the Overlander series and the Hunger Games trilogy. Reps from Scholastic were there, too. What a treat, not only to meet Ms. Collins and have a chance to talk with her but to be in the offices and among independent booksellers. Both are a unique breed. I find the Hunger Games Trilogy to be a powerful statement on war which, come to find out, Ms. Collins was intentional about. Her father was in the Air Force and served in Vietnam. The family had many a discussion on the subject (in an illuminating way not debating, but that may have happened, too.). The books came about because of Ms. (Mrs.) Collins ultimate reaction to the myth of the Minotaur and Theseus. Now go ahead and look that up…think labyrinth. I picked up some info on how books are produced,published, and distributed; how Suzanne got this amazing Mockingjay necklace she was wearing (dropped from a parachute at a school visit, hand crafted…talk about prepared to meet an author), and the new Hunger Games game available for free on the internet. Suzanne has two children, ages 16 (boy) and 11 (girl). Asked what age she believes the Trilogy is written in mind for, ages 12-18 are mentioned. She is a script writer originally and has just finished the first write of the movie version to be produced by Lionsgate. Books into movies? Some are really good, some are really, really bad (Who did that awful conversion of The Dark is Rising?…tragedy if you ask me.). So, I hope that the market doesn’t override the powerful theme of the books, but that’s not my call. It is a wonder to know that books are written by people with lives, families, challenges, senses of humor, favorite foods and opinions. That’s what I like just as much as reading a good book now….who IS this person who wrote these words? Not a question for everybody, of course, but something to think about. In the meantime, your local library has 8 copies of Mockingjay. Yesterday was FUN and Boston is great, well, technically Arlington (visit Porter Square Books, an awesome indie book store) and the back of the truck ride return to Porter Square….priceless.
Ps: If you are a collector building your book stash or don’t like to restrict your reading time to the confines of a library due date, Titcomb’s Bookshop has copies complete with signature stamp of Suzanne Collins. Deal.