The Hunger Games is our new book pick!

“The Hunger Games” Selected as New Title Promoted by One Book, One Community
The Green Bay area’s community read program, One Book, One Community, has selected “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins as its next title. ‘The Hunger Games’ is part of a best-selling trilogy, and a movie based on the book will come out in theaters beginning this Friday, March 23rd.
“The Hunger Games” is a post-apocalyptic novel that while based on a dark premise, is action-packed, riveting, and highlights important contemporary issues. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she survives, she must balance the actions needed for survival against humanity, love and living.
“We are very excited about this new title,” said Sue Premo, co-chair of One Book, One Community. “Although a dystopian, post-apocalyptic tale is not a light read, both young readers and adults tear through “The Hunger Games” because it is fast-paced, action-filled, and wonderfully written. The book compels us to consider questions that are haunting and fundamental to us as human beings. Beyond that, it is topical in our current political and social landscape.”
A variety of events related to the book will be held from mid-September through mid-November.
Because of the popularity of the book, there is a substantial waiting list for it at the Brown County Library. People who have already read the book and no longer need it are encouraged to consider donating a copy to the library to meet the high demand.
One Book, One Community is a community reading initiative which encourages people from across Brown County to read and discuss the same book. Books are selected based on a variety of factors, including their potential to address socially relevant issues. Their Web site (www.browncountyreads.org) includes a variety of resources for those interested in reading and discussing the book. This includes upcoming events – including discussions at branches of the Brown County Library, discussion questions and resources for teachers,
One Book, One Community is a program of the Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council. newARTS is a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life through efforts that support, foster and promote the arts in the Greater Green Bay area. For further information or commentary, you can contact Missie Olm at 920-435-2787 or by email, info@newartscouncil.org.

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