Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the store:
--Join us next Wednesday, March 28th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Central West End store for the inaugural meeting of the Teen Reads reading group.  We will be discussing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and attending an optional $5 9:00 screening of the film at the Moolah.

News from the publishing world:
--Book Expo America announced that the children's book and author breakfast will include John Green, Lois Lowry and Kadir Nelson, with Chris Colfer as master of ceremonies.  Walter Dean Myers will be chairing the children's art auction sponsored by ABC Children's Group.

--Sterling Publishing president Marcus Leaver has departed the company, leaving Theresea Thompson, executive vice president and Barnes and Noble, to oversee operations as part of a mass exodus from Sterling.

--Maria Teresa Andruetto from Argentina has won the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award while Peter Sis from the Czech Republic (but living in the U.S.) takes home the illustrator award.

--OverDrive has suspended library pre-sales of the Harry Potter e-books.

--A teaser trailer was released for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--Part 2, the film based on Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

--Nominees were announced for the Lambda Literary Awards, including the LGBT Children's/Young Adult category:
Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
Huntress by Malinda Lo
I Am J by Cris Beam
Pink by Lili Wilkinson
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright

--The launch of the seventh Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney has been announced for November 13, 2012, marking the first global launch with seven countries involved.

--The Hunger Games, the film based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, has already broken pre-sale records for the midnight Friday debut.  Meanwhile, the film's soundtrack is topping the sales charts at iTunes.  Investors are happy.  So is North Carolina.

via Shelf Awareness.

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