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The Hunger Games sparks a rebellion on Black Friday

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Black Friday is fast approaching. While the ambitious and sale-savvy among us hit malls mid-November, some of us will be focused instead on literature and film. And by that I mean we will be in line to see the latest Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, out in theaters November 22nd and already breaking box office records for a November release. The film is based on Suzanne Collins’s second installment, published in 2009 by Scholastic, in her Hunger Games trilogy. With these books, Collins writes fast-paced, page-turning action that propels readers through her version of the classic hero’s journey. Heroine Katniss Everdeen narrates her story and readers are pulled into her gritty, adrenalin-filled fight for survival. There are many readers who…

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NaNoWriMo – More than scarves and gluttony

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Aside from scarves and gluttony, what does November have in store for you?  Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo, as it’s affectionately called by the initiated, is now in its 14th year. The goal for participants is to write a 50,000-word novel, from scratch, in the 30 days of November. Last year, over 341,000 people participated all over the world (the designation of “national” seems to be arbitrary). These intrepid writers come from a variety of backgrounds, from published authors to first-time novelists. Why do so many people sign up for the event? Reasons vary, of course, but one major attraction is having the pressure of a deadline. There is nothing like a deadline for motivation,…

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