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The Coming Dawn

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Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob? If you know this reference, then surely you have your calendar marked, your watch set, the car gassed up, and money in hand to purchase Breaking Dawn, being released at midnight on Saturday, August 2nd.

The much-anticipated Breaking Dawn is the fourth in the "Twilight" youth-novel series written by Mormon mom Stephenie Meyer. The dream-inspired saga follows Isabella "Bella" Swan, a teen who falls for Edward, a mind-reading vampire. Also on her romance radar is the brotherly werewolf Jacob. The first chapter of Breaking Dawn was released to Entertainment Weekly in May and reveals that Bella has a new car, a strange credit card in her pocket, and news that she is engaged.

Could Meyer be the new J.K. Rowling? The first book, Twilight, is being made into a movie, and excitement about the release of Breaking Dawn (countdown clocks included) couldn't be higher. There will be Breaking Dawn concerts in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In Memphis, there will be two release parties. At 9 p.m. on Friday at David-Kidd, it's pizza and a "Twilight" talk, before the 10 p.m. main event, which includes a fashion show and giveaway of an autographed copy of Meyer's The Host and an iPod mini engraved with a quote from one of the books. On Friday at 10 p.m., Bookstar in Poplar Plaza is inviting fans to put on their best Bella or Jacob or Edward or whatever for a costume contest. There will also be activities, crafts, giveaways, and more.

"Breaking Dawn" Release Parties: 9 p.m. at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 N. Perkins ext. (683-9801), and 10 p.m. at Bookstar, 3402 Poplar (323-9332)

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