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Cat Food Recall

Roughly a week ago, pet owners learned that Diamond Pet Foods issued a recall on some of their cat food products. The reason was a concern regarding these products for containing low levels of thiamine, which is extremely important for maintaining a normal nervous system function in cats.

The recall was limited, at first, to selected stores in Florida but expanded and now includes at least twenty-five states. If this was not bad enough, Natura Pet Foods recently announced they were voluntarily recalling several of their food brands; however, their reason was due to potential contamination of Salmonella and the products possibly affected is not just limited to cats, but dogs as well.

Several days ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced there was to be a recall concerning dry pet food. That recall came from Natura Pet Products and the focus was on specific lots of cat and dog food brands over the concern of salmonella contamination.

The discovery happened as the Michigan Department of Agriculture conducted a routine test and a sample that was obtained from one of their retail location sites tested positive for salmonella.

Natura’s recall concerns specific lots with regards to four different dry pet food brands. The bags involved are select bags of Health Wise, California Natural, Innova and EVO.

The pet food company determined that the recalled feline and canine edibles were made during a two week window of production in December 2012. Natura said that the affected bags were distributed between December 18th, 2012 – March 15th, 2013. The expiration dates range from December 17, 2013 – January 2, 2014.

The possible affected products were sold by the company to specialty pet retailers, veterinary clinics and through the internet around the world to places such as Costa Rica, the United States, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, Korea and Malaysia.

The FDA said that, “Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”

The pet food company urges any consumer who has an affected product to discard it. Also, if your pet has already consumed it and exhibits any of the symptoms stated above should immediately call their veterinarian.

Consumers can go to www.naturapet.com to see the full list of recalled products.

Natura can also be contacted at 800-224-6123 for product replacement or to find out further information.

As of now, there have been no illnesses reported as a result of the recall. Natura also said that no other biscuits, dry food, canned food, bars or treats have been affected.

Cat / Dog Food Recall List:

BRAND DESCRIPTION SIZE BAG UPC All Lot Numbers
CALIFORNIA NATURAL DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE 4oz 7 51485 15987 4 2362A70004
CALIFORNIA NATURAL DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE 30LB 7 51485 39940 9 2362A70001
CALIFORNIA NATURAL DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE 15LB 7 51485 39941 6 2362A70002
CALIFORNIA NATURAL DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE 5LB 7 51485 39942 3 2362A70003
CALIFORNIA NATURAL DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE – BILINGUAL 30 LB 7 51485 12564 0 3015A70001
EVO CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15250 9 2355A70004,2366A70004
EVO CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 15.4LB 7 51485 41400 3 2356A70002,2366A70002
EVO CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 6.6LB 7 51485 41401 0 2355A70003,2356A70003,3001A70003,3002
EVO CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 2.2LB 7 51485 41402 7 2355A70004,2356A70004,2366A70004
EVO CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15251 6 2357A70004,2361A70004
EVO CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA 15.4LB 7 51485 41410 2 2361A70002
EVO CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA 6.6LB 7 51485 41411 9 2361A70003,2362A70003
EVO CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA 2.2LB 7 51485 41412 6 2361A70004
EVO DOG RED MEAT FORMULA LARGE BITE 28.6LB 7 51485 12675 3 2363A70001
EVO DOG RED MEAT FORMULA LARGE BITE 13.2LB 7 51485 12676 0 2363A70002
EVO DOG RED MEAT FORMULA LARGE BITE 6.6LB 7 51485 12677 7 2363A70003
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15255 4 2356A70004
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN SENIOR FORMULA 28.6LB 7 51485 12685 2 2356A70001
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN SENIOR FORMULA 13.2LB 7 51485 12686 9 2356A70002
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN SENIOR FORMULA 6.6LB 7 51485 12687 6 2356A70003
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 28.6LB 7 51485 12616 6 2366A70001
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 13.2LB 7 51485 12617 3 2364A70002
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 6.6LB 7 51485 12618 0 2366A70003
EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15205 9 2366A70004
EVO FERRET FOOD TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 6.6LB 7 51485 42101 8 2355A70003,3002A70003
HEALTHWISE DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15442 8 2362A70004
HEALTHWISE DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA 35LB 7 51485 70720 4 2361A70001
HEALTHWISE DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA 17.5LB 7 51485 70721 1 2361A70002
HEALTHWISE DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA 5LB 7 51485 70722 8 2362A70003
HEALTHWISE DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15444 2 2362A70004
HEALTHWISE DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA 35LB 7 51485 70740 2 2361A70001,2362A70001
HEALTHWISE DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA 17.5LB 7 51485 70741 9 2361A70002,2362A70002
HEALTHWISE DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA 5LB 7 51485 70742 6 2362A70003
HEALTHWISE PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15443 5 2362A70004
HEALTHWISE PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA 35LB 7 51485 70730 3 2362A70001
HEALTHWISE PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA 17.5LB 7 51485 70731 0 2362A70002
HEALTHWISE PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA 5LB 7 51485 70732 7 2353A70003,2362A70003
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15995 9 2363A70004
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 2.2LB 7 51485 41387 7 2363A70004
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 41392 1 2362A70002,2363A70002
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 6LB 7 51485 41393 8 2362A70003,2363A70003
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15998 0 2353A70004
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15998 0 2353A70004
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA 2.2LB 7 51485 41603 8 2353A70004
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 41607 6 2353A70002
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA 6LB 7 51485 41608 3 2353A70003
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15988 1 2354A70004,2363A70004,2364A70004
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 41389 1 2354A70002,2362A70001,2363A70001
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 6LB 7 51485 41390 7 2354A70003,2364A70003
INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 2.2LB 7 51485 41391 4 2354A70004,2363A70004
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE BEEF AND LAMB MEAL FORMULA 25LB 7 51485 12730 9 2361A70001
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE BEEF AND LAMB MEAL FORMULA 12LB 7 51485 12731 6 2361A70001
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE BEEF AND LAMB MEAL FORMULA 5LB 7 51485 12732 3 2361A70003
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 12365 3 2362A70004
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA 25LB 7 51485 12727 9 2366A70001,3001A70001,3038A70001
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA 12LB 7 51485 12728 6 2363A70002,2364A70002
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA 5LB 7 51485 12729 3 2363A70003,2364A70003
INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15313 1 2364A70004
INNOVA DOG SALMON AND HERRING FORMULA 25LB 7 51485 12362 2 2357A70001,2361A70001,2363A70002
INNOVA DOG SALMON AND HERRING FORMULA 12LB 7 51485 12363 9 2361A70002
INNOVA DOG SALMON AND HERRING FORMULA 5LB 7 51485 12364 6 2363A70003
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA 30LB 7 51485 12320 2 2354A70002,2355A70001,2355A70002,2363A70001,2364A70001
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 12321 9 2354A70002,2355A70002,2363A70002
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA 6LB 7 51485 12322 6 2354A70003
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA 2.2LB 7 51485 12376 9 2354A70004
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15990 4 2354A70004
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA-BILINGUAL 30 LB 7 51485 12552 7 3015A70001
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 30LB 7 51485 12704 0 2353A70001,2354A70001
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 12705 7 2354A70002
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15300 1 2354A70004
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA-BILINGUAL 30 LB 7 51485 12554 3015A70001
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA 30LB 7 51485 12326 4 2352A70001,2353A70001
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 12327 1 2352A70002,2353A70002
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA 6LB 7 51485 12328 8 2353A70003
INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15310 0 2353A70004
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 30LB 7 51485 12332 5 2356A70001
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 12333 2 2356A70002
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 6LB 7 51485 12334 9 2356A70003
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15994 2 2356A70004
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 30LB 7 51485 12740 8 2356A70001
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 15LB 7 51485 12741 5 2356A70002
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 6LB 7 51485 12742 2 2356A70003
INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 4oz 7 51485 15302 5 2356A70004

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  1. Katherine Jennings

    June 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    That’s why I always carefully choose the food for my dog! Smaller companies that make small batches are always the best choice. Maybe I spend a couple of dollars more on quality food, but I save 10 times more on veterinary visits. Recently I discovered Pets’N’Nature treats which are human grade, grass fed, and USDA inspected. My Casper goes crazy over them!

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Wave Spell Music Festival Returning to Belden, California

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 The small town of Belden, in Northern California, will host the Wave Spell music and arts festival later this month for the second year in a row.  The annual festival is held and curated by the veteran electro-jam group, Sound Tribe Sector 9, or STS9 to those familiar.   The festival begins on August 15th.

Sound Tribe, originally known as simply “Sector 9”, began their career around Atlanta in 1999 and is now based out of Santa Cruz, California, although they spend a significant amount of time on the road as one of the top touring acts in the game.

The Wave Spell festival is now in its second year, both being held in Belden-a small town on California’s Feather River with a population of only 22 people (as of 2010). With the inaugural year being a success by consensus of fans and insiders alike, there was much anticipation and delight among STS9 constituents with the announcement of another year in Belden.  Fans especially found great excitement at the idea of returning to the banks of the Feather River for Wave Spell.

In hosting the event, Sound Tribe Sector 9 will offer their own unique sound as the headlining entertainment and backbone of the weekend.  Just as they did last year, the band will play 9 sets of original music over three nights in Belden.  Among these performances, three sets will consist of completely improvised music by STS9, dubbed the “Wave Spell Sets”.  This format mimics the first year and is the festival’s namesake. 

Last year, Sound Tribe introduced the concept of their Wave Spell Sets and eventually brought them to the stage, getting an extremely enthusiastic response from their devoted fan base.  The band has presented only a handful of these improvisational performances, both at the festival and on the road, adding to the allure for their followers.

While STS9 is the main attraction in Belden, Wave Spell also boasts a heady lineup of other musical acts, as well as visual artists for festival attendees to enjoy.  Live music is promised until at least 5 A.M. every morning of the event, and early morning performances are known as “sunrise sets” suggest that music will go deep into the day.  As it did last year, the festival will also feature installations from painters as well as live painting during musical performances.  A new addition to the festival this year even offers a display of geological specimens billed as “Crystals by Isometrica”. 

The very small town of Belden, California plays host to several festivals a year.  These events take up the entirety of the town, which consists of only a few homes, a hotel/lodge, a few cabins, and a beach along the river.  The scenic grounds offer camping space for the 1,200 or so festival-goers as well as limited space for RV’s.  For a VIP experience, and at a VIP price, fans can also rent one of the cabins for the weekend or get one of the few rooms in the lodge.  The lodge is also home to a diner-style restaurant and a small convenience store where attendees can purchase supplies. 

The beach in Belden offers not only a beautiful space to relax on the river, but during the Wave Spell festival, it also provides the Beach Stage, where fans can enjoy live music throughout the day.  The beach stage is also the site for the fan-favorite “Sunrise Sets”, starting shortly before dawn and going on through the sunrise and into early morning daylight. 

Last year, in the festivals first year, the Beach Stage quickly became a favorite spot for STS9 fans, who loaded up the area of the Feather River directly in front of the stage with giant inflatable lounge apparatuses shaped like unicorns, ducks, and even a slice of pizza.  The river quickly became a large cluster of floaties, all of which were responsibly retrieved at the end of the weekend by the environmentally conscious crowd. 

The lineup for the second year of Wave Spell is almost entirely fresh.  Aside from STS9, only a few of the groups performing are returning from last year.  Among the veterans of the festival coming back is the Portland, Oregon electronic trio, Yak Attack, who were standouts at the first Wave Spell.  For the most part, however, festival-goers will experience a brand new roster of acts. 

For electronic music fans, Wave Spell submits an exciting schedule of artists and groups.  Amid the lineup of live electronic performers, a legend of the genre promises to be one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend.  DJ Mark Farina will take the stage in Belden to provide the crowd with his now iconic style of sound, dubbed by Farina as “Mushroom Jazz”.  Farina and his Mushroom Jazz have become synonymous and his sound has held the attention of the electronic music world for nearly three decades, dating back to his first Mushroom Jazz compilation in 1992. 

Over on the Beach Stage, early morning sunrise sets have become a popular fixture in the electronic music festival scene.  Often specially assembled to go along with the experience of watching the sun come up in the morning, these sunrise sets have become a favorite among fans. 

A new addition to the Wave Spell lineup this year almost seems to specialize in this type of first thing in the morning/end of the night performances.  Hailing from the San Francisco underground, Random Rab has seemingly perfected the art of the sunrise set.  A Burning Man legend in his own right, Rab seems to fully understand the important mix of laid back and beautiful along with intense and spiritual that makes for a fantastic sunrise set.  His early morning performances have become one of the most sought after in the game. 

Also returning to Wave Spell this year, diehard STS9 fans are particularly excited for solo performances from members of the headlining band.  On the festival schedule for the weekend are special solo sets from David Phipps (Keyboard/Piano) and Zach Velmer (Drums), of Sound Tribe Sector 9.  Along with Phipps and Velmer, STS9 bassist, Alana Rocklin also has something special in store for fans.  Rocklin’s previous band, Sub ID, will be reuniting for a set at Wave Spell.  This will be only the second Sub ID performance since Rocklin joined STS9 in 2014.

Wave Spell Live music festival will be held August 15-18, 2019 in Belden, California.  Tickets can be purchased at:

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1836953

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AMCA Breach: 20 Million Victims, 19 Class Actions

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More than 20 million and not 200,000 have fallen victim to a massive data breach that has seen medical clients using the services of healthcare billing company, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to pay for their laboratory tests in different blood testing labs across the U.S. were confirmed by the SEC filings of affected medical institutions amidst the earlier claims of AMCA that there were fewer victims.

The data breach was a result of a cyber attack that aims to phish for financial information from the website of the AMCA. The exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory services at several clinical and blood testing labs and institutions and used the AMCA billing portal.

What happened in the AMCA breach?

Data that were stolen from the victims include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details. The said information was auctioned off by the hacker in several financial hacking forums.

According to DataBreaches.net, the organization who first reported about the incident, AMCA officials, following the notification of the breach confirmed that their system has been compromised and has remained undetected for more than eight months. AMCA corroborated that the breach took place between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.

Notifications have been sent by several of AMCA’s corporate partners and clients to their customers following the disclosure of the security breach that has seen information from millions of Americans compromised.

Related: Hospitals Only Spend 5% Of Its Budget For Cybersecurity Amidst 82% Of Them Reporting To Have Been Attacked

The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).

However, neither the AMCA nor its five clients have yet to notify ALL impacted citizens by the breach making them vulnerable to a lot of cyber crimes and their financial data could be used by anyone who gets hold of the information against the persons of those who still don’t know that their financial information is floating around the internet.

The companies involved in the breach are facing several lawsuits

Appropriately, the lawsuit came into the direction of AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp regarding the incident. More than 11 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their inability to protect consumer data. The 11 lawsuits were recorded at The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on June 3. Since then, eight more lawsuits were filed against the companies in federal courts from New Jersey, New York, and California.

According to litigation experts, “If many cases are filed in federal court, any of the lawyers on any of those cases can file a motion with the JPML [..] to centralize the various federal cases that have been filed by sending all of them to a single judge for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.”

“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.

“These companies, like Quest Diagnostics, know they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data. We will fight for justice on behalf of those impacted by this breach,” added Yanchunis.

Lawmakers are demanding an explanation

The U.S. government, led by attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois has also opened an investigation on the matter. Furthermore, lawmakers and other politicians have sent letters to the responding companies to ask for an explanation of why an eight-month data breach remained undetected and to demand accountability from them.

In Washington, US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also sent a letter to Quest Laboratories demanding the company explain its vetting process for selecting AMCA as a billing vendor, and what requirements a third-party vendor has to pass. Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez also sent letters to AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp, seeking official answers on how a breach of this severity went undetected for eight months.

“The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal and financial information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises. Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial future,” said the letter sent by the NJ senators.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Is Launching A Prequel And A Possible Movie

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Almost fours years after the last The Hunger Games movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II) and almost nine years after the first book from the trilogy was released, Suzanne Collins is returning with the famed trilogy — but this time in a form of a prequel.

Scholastic, the publishing company that distributed Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, announced today that it is publishing a prequel novel to the series, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”

Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy—The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, and Mockingjay—altogether, sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Moreover, The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five straight years).

After writing the last installment in 2010, Collins teased in 2013 that she was working on a new series, but did not say whether it was related to The Hunger Games.

This time, the novel will be set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy—the morning where Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a tribute on the 74th Hunger Games. Presumably, Katniss Everdeen played by Jeniffer Lawrence will not be involved in the upcoming novel.

Based on the previous novels in the series, 74 years before the main novels, the 13 Districts of Panem already tried to initiate a rebellion against the Capital. In the aftermath of the failed attempt, 12 Districts remained to leave District 13 to rubbles. The Hunger Games was a result and served as a reminder that all the other Districts should obediently comply with the Capital’s rule.

The novel will take place 10 years after the first rebellion and will tell the story of Panem during the “Dark Days following a failed rebellion in Panem “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the Associated Press in the announcement. “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.”

On other news, the Lionsgate film studio, who adapted The Hunger Games trilogy into movies, is already looking forward to the next addition to Collins’ franchise given that it received praise and public attention for producing them.

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”S

Lionsgate turned Collins’ Hunger Games novels into a series of four films, dividing the last novel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, into a two-part finale. Over the course of the four movies, it earned almost $3 billion dollars an the worldwide box office with the last movie earning $653.4 million.

Collins helped with the movies as an executive producer and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie but distanced herself after she finalized Mockingjay in 2010.

Lionsgate is also known to have produced Twilight, which is one of their platinum franchises along with Collins’ trilogy. The studio earlier licensed The Hunger Games to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise.

Additionally, it starred Jenniffer Lawrence who played the main character as Katniss Everdeen in all of the four movies, which helped catapult her acting career in 2012.

Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.

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