‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel in the works 

(AP) — A decade after seemingly wrapping up “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem. A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year.

The novel, currently untitled, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2020. Collins said in a statement Monday that she would go back to the years following the so-called “Dark Days,” the failed rebellion in Panem. Collins set the “Hunger Games” books in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television.

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” she said. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

Set on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games, the book takes place well before the lifetime of “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie franchise.

Amazon Announces its Best Books of 2019 So Far 

(AP) — Amazon announced its selections for the Best Books of the Year So Far, naming Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel “City of Girls” the top pick overall. Over the course of the year, the Amazon Books editorial team reads hundreds of thousands of pages of new releases to select the Best Books of the Month as well as the Best Books of the Year So Far and, at the end of the year, the Best Books of the Year. The annual list features the Top 20 books of the year, published between January and June 2019, as well as top picks across various categories, including literary fiction, mystery and thriller, biography, children’s, and young adult. To explore the full list visit: www.amazon.com/bestbookssofar.

“We love selecting the Best Book of the Year So Far,” said Sarah Gelman, Editorial Director, Amazon Books. “We’ve read so many great books this year — a heart-wrenching memoir of loss, an intoxicating novel of a ’70s rock band, a psychological thriller worthy of Agatha Christie comparisons, and so much more. But one book stood out for us, Elizabeth Gilbert’s “City of Girls.” It has so many elements that make reading fun — the sparkle of youth, indiscretions, sassy characters, and freedom in a city that doesn’t sleep — perfect summer reading in our book.”

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins writing how-to book, graphic novel 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After dominating the digital world, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is branching out — offline.

Blevins revealed Wednesday he is writing three books to be published later this year, including a how-to on streaming video games and a graphic novel.

The 28-year-old professional gamer and personality has made millions streaming Fortnite and other games. He has more than 14 million followers on Twitch and 22 million subscribers on YouTube.

Ninja: Get Good” and “Ninja Notebook” will be released in tandem in August and are aimed at children 10 and up. The former includes Blevins’ advice for building a gaming PC, developing skills and strategies in games, cultivating an online community and other keys to being a pro gamer and streamer. The latter includes stickers, prompts and tips to help gamers journal their experiences.

Barnes & Noble reports financial results 

NEW YORK — (BUSINESS WIRE) Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full-year ended April 27, 2019.

Total sales were $755 million for the quarter and $3.6 billion for the full year, decreasing 3.9% and 3.0% from the prior year periods, respectively. Comparable store sales declined 2.3% for the fourth quarter and 1.9% for the full year.

The consolidated fourth quarter net loss was $18.7 million, or $0.26 per share, compared to a loss of $21.1 million, or $0.29 per share, in the prior year. Fiscal 2019 net earnings were $3.8 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a net loss of $125.5 million, or $1.73 per share, in the prior year.

Excluding non-recurring or unusual charges in all periods, consolidated EBITDA was $4.6 million in the fourth quarter, as compared to $6.7 million a year ago, and $147.2 million for fiscal 2019, as compared to $145.4 million a year ago. The company reduced expenses by $50.4 million during fiscal 2019, excluding non-recurring or unusual charges.

In light of the Company’s announcement on June 7, 2019 that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by funds advised by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited, the Company will not host a conference call to discuss the results.

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