Mockingjay Midnight Release Event with Suzanne Collins
I’ve never attended a midnight release event of any book, even the Harry Potter books, but I was super excited about this one. Not only to actually attend the event, but to also complete my signed collection of the Hunger Games trilogy!
So what did my evening look like? Well me and two friends from work were planning on going, and me being the paranoid one, was going to waltz over there at around 6:30 to see if there was a line and even if not, take my place in line in order to get my voucher at 8pm. Because as stated in the flyer above, the earlier in line the better because then you wouldn’t have to wait too long after midnight to actually get the book signed. After such a long night, I wanted to be sure I was outta there quickly.
But at some point during my Monday afternoon, I came across this tweet from Books of Wonder: “just so you know: customers have been calling in saying they’ll be lining up as early as 5pm.”
I went into panic mode! We needed a new plan of action. I declared that we leave at 5pm to get there and wait those long three hours….which we did. And there were some people already in front of us. So what did we do for three hours while waiting for the store to re-open at 8pm? We stood around talking and then some people from another publisher, HarperCollins, joined us and we kept on chatting in one big group.
This might have been the line between 6 and 7 I think.
Finally the doors opened!
I had preordered my copy for the event about two weeks prior. So after some more waiting, we got our numbers, and welcome packs, which included a crossword puzzle, a temporary tattoo, as well as a raffle ticket, and the purple piece of paper to exchange for the actual book.
So what were we to do for the next few hours? Well we were already sore just from standing. And hungry. So we went to a bar nearby where, they had boiled peanuts!!!! Yipeee! So the five of us ate and chatted. It became 10 or so, so we walked back to the store, just in time for the raffles, where they were giving away special Mockingjay mugs, bag clips, and signed copies of Catching Fire. None of us won anything. Although one did win a bag clip by answering a trivia contest. There was also face painting and juggles and a tarot card reader in the store. But at that point, the place was just too jam packed, as you can see below:
Two girls from our group sporting their new tattoos
The jugglers as we were waiting in line to get our vouchers
Spin the wheel for some trivia!
At 11:30pm, David Levithan, one of the editors, came out to introduce Suzanne. I couldn’t see her from where I was standing, but she read a short part of Catching Fire, and then the beginning of Mockingjay. And she read Katniss with an Appalachian accent.
A fan came dressed in a very particular wedding dress from the series:
Actually, here’s a better picture of the dress that someone from Egmont took of the dress:
The moment we had all been waiting for: getting our books and getting them stamped!
Shiny new book with a shiny stamped signature!
I was number 59, and the group of us were out of there by 12:15! We dashed in the drizzle to the Union Square subway to go our separate ways home. I was home at 1am. I went straight to bed. It was a bit hard to get up this morning. I was barely able to read this morning on the subway, because I was so tired. A white mocha from Starbucks did little to help keep me awake today at work….
So now I have all three books signed! I got the first one at the NCTE conference in 2008 when Hunger Games first came out. And I got Catching Fire signed at an event last year.
And no, I still haven’t finished reading Mockingjay. I think I’m going to savor the reading experience all week.