MOUNT VERNON — For the first time at the library, the adult and teen book discussion groups will join forces to discuss the runaway best-selling book, “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
The discussion will be led by Sarah Murnen, Kenyon College Professor of Psychology, and Beth Hoeffgen, young adult coordinator for the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. The program is being presented as part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
“The Hunger Games,” scheduled to be released as a motion picture in March, has crossed boundaries to become a favorite of all ages and genders. Set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America, now called “Panem,” the book is centered around the Hunger Games — an annual televised survival reality show where teen “tributes” from each of the country’s 12 districts are sent to battle to the death for fame and fortune.
Questions of rebellion against centralized governmental power, gratuitous violence, class discrimination and gender roles are all cleverly intermingled with the pure entertainment and excitement of the storyline. “The Hunger Games” is available in print, e-book and audiobooks at the library and at local book stores including Paragraphs Bookstore and Colonial Book Shop & Kid’s Shelf.
The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the multipurpose room at the main library, 201 N. Mulberry Street. For additional information, contact the library at 740-392-2665 (BOOK) or visit www.knox.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on February 14, 2012