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  • BN Editors 8:05 pm on 2020/06/29 Permalink

    Virtual Events for All Ages with Barnes & Noble – July 2020 

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    We’ve got another great lineup of virtual events for you this July: in-depth discussions with authors around our most anticipated books of the summer, award-winning memoirs, new series to devour—and of course, our virtual B&N Book Club and B&N YA Book Club. Here’s a look at what’s coming to a screen near you this July.

    Wednesday, July 1st at 7PM ET (rescheduled from June)
    Live on B&N Facebook: B&N Book Club – All Adults Here author Emma Straub in conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert.

    From the author of Modern Lovers and The VacationersAll Adults Here is a multigenerational novel about one family and how we never stop growing up. We’re thrilled to host Emma and Elizabeth (bestselling author of City of Girls and Eat, Pray, Love) to discuss our great May B&N Book Club pick. Be sure to grab our B&N Book Club Edition which features a Q&A with Emma and a reading group guide perfect to jump-start a great discussion around this smart new novel. Follow along with #BNBookClub.

    Thursday, July 2nd at 5PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook – Kevin Kwan talks about his fabulous new novel Sex and Vanity.

    If you found yourself obsessed with Crazy Rich Asians, the bestselling novel about the unbelievable jet-setting lives of Asia’s super-elite, you don’t want to miss Kevin Kwan’s latest. A modern-day retelling of E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View, this comedy of manners has all the decadent imagery and wit we’ve come to love and expect from Kwan.  So, grab a signed copy of Sex and Vanity here (they won’t last long…) and tune in as Kwan discusses his return to the delightfully soapy world of high privilege and haute couture. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Monday, July 6th at 7PM ET
    Live on B&N Twitter – @duchessgoldblat talks up her new memoir Becoming Duchess Goldblatt.

    Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is the story behind the beloved pseudonymous Twitter account. While the Duchess may be fictional, her love is very real. Her vulnerability and uplifting messages of hope have brought together thousands of fans from around the world and we’re thrilled to have Her Grace join us to discuss her inspiration and many gifts to humanity.

    Tuesday, July 7th at 7PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook: B&N Book Club – The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett in conversation with Kiley Reid.

    The Vanishing Half is an indelible story of identity, family and home that cuts across the country and decades to tell the story of identical twin sisters and their daughters. There’s plenty for readers to discuss in this story that asks big questions about who we are and where we’re headed—which is why it’s the perfect choice for our July B&N Book Club. We can’t wait to dive into this remarkable novel with Brit Bennett, the acclaimed author of The Mothers and Kiley Reid, the bestselling author of Such a Fun Age. Our B&N Exclusive Edition includes an essay by the author and a Reading Group Guide to get you ready for this not to be missed event. Follow along with #BNBookClub.

    Thursday, July 9th at 4PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook: B&N YA Book Club – The Black Flamingo author Dean Atta in conversation with Abdi Nazemian.

    Michael, the main character of this story, is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London and navigating what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs—and the Black Flamingo is born. Acclaimed UK poet and performer Dean Atta joins us with Abdi Nazemian, author of the Stonewall Honor Book Like a Love Story to discuss this fierce coming-of-age novel in verse about identity and the power of drag. Follow along with #BNYABookClub.

    Thursday, July 16th at 7PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook – The Yellow House author Sarah M. Broom in conversation with Kiese Laymon.

    Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, The Yellow House is an extraordinary memoir of place, class and race that blends the author’s family history with the mythology of New Orleans to tell a deeply moving American story. Join us as we host Sarah M. Broom and Kiese Laymon (author of Heavy: An American Memoir) to discuss this haunting and indelible debut. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Thursday, July 29th at 4PM ET
    Live on B&N YouTube – Sal and Gabi Break the Universe author Carlos Hernandez in conversation with Rick Riordan.

    Middle school is hard enough without the power to bend the space-time continuum. Sal and Gabi broke the universe, and now it’s up to them fix it. This hilarious non-stop adventure with all the right twists and turns, is the first in a terrific new series from Rick Riordan Presents. And we have the legendary Rick Riordan with us to introduce the amazing Carlos Hernandez and this adventurous new series that’s already a 2020 Pura Belpré Author Award Winner and receiving some much-deserved buzz. Follow along with #BNEvents.

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  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/06/23 Permalink
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    Crack the Case with Stuart Gibbs: Your Perfect Summer Reading List is Here! 

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    If you’re looking for a fun, laugh-out-loud, mystery adventure story, look no further than Stuart Gibbs. It’s no surprise to us why kids flock to all his bestselling series—he’s got something for every reader. For future wildlife conservationists, there’s the whodunit thrill ride of the FunJungle Series. Looking for suspenseful space adventures? Check out the Moon Base Alpha Series. If you’re a natural code-breaker genius with the skills to outsmart Einstein, you should probably pick up the Charlie Thorne Series. And we can’t forget the Spy School Series—it’s the perfect mix of spycraft and middle school hijinks. Don’t worry if you want to read them all—that’s what summer is for! And speaking of: read on here as Stuart Gibbs offers his tips on having the best summer yet (spoiler: you can never read too much).


    When I was a kid, I always looked forward to summer.

    It wasn’t only because there was no school, or because that’s when we got to take vacations. It was because I got so much time to read.

    Summer is the perfect time to read. There are fewer demands on you, later bedtimes, and your teachers aren’t demanding that you focus on the books you have to read for school instead. You can grab any book you want and plow right through it.

    And here’s one more great thing about reading: Your parents might get upset with you if you spend too much time playing video games or texting your friends or watching TV. But no parent in history has ever gotten upset at their child for reading too much. In fact, if you are reading a lot, your parents will even boast to their friends about it.

    Summer is a great time to push the boundaries of what you are reading, to try new authors, or new genres—or maybe try something more advanced. Honestly, there are thousands of great books out there, more than you could ever read in your entire life. But if you need a list of fantastic books to get you started, Barnes & Noble has this one:  100 Books of Summer for Young Readers.

    So, get started reading. And have a great summer.

    Now that summer is officially here, and you’ve got your perfect summer reading list to get you started, why not earn a free book, too? The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is back to give kids in grades 1-6 the opportunity to earn a free book by following these three easy steps:

    1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (download here in either English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
    2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31st, 2020
    3. Choose your free reading adventure from the book list featured in the journal.

    Happy Reading!

    The post Crack the Case with Stuart Gibbs: Your Perfect Summer Reading List is Here! appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • BN Editors 4:16 pm on 2020/06/15 Permalink
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    The B&N Podcast: Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein on THE NEW ONE 

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    Our guests today are Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein, authors of The New One.

    The hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt Broadway show is now essential reading for all parents (new and old) — or really anyone who has ever resisted change. With laugh-out-loud observations and whimsical poetry perfectly placed throughout, Birbiglia and Stein offer a devastatingly honest, yet beautiful look at parenthood. Be sure to pick up a signed edition of The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad and listen here as comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein discuss the trials of writing a book with your significant other, jealousy, poetry and the great bread debate (to freeze or not to freeze).

    Join us Tuesday, June 16th, at 7PM ET when Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein will be with us live on B&N Facebook for a discussion of their book The New One. We hope to see you there! #BNEvents

    The post The B&N Podcast: Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein on <i>THE NEW ONE</i> appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/06/11 Permalink
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    An Exclusive Guest Post from Bryce Andrews, Author of Down from the Mountain—Our June Nonfiction Pick. 

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    Bryce Andrews, author of Down from the Mountain, our latest Monthly Nonfiction Pick, joins us to offer a glimpse into the wild spaces of the changing American West. Quietly dramatic and gorgeously written, Outside Magazine calls this beautiful new book about the life and death of a grizzly bear an “ode to wildness and wilderness.” Here the author reflects on the resilience of the grizzly and some wisdom we can all take away right now from these majestic creatures.

    This spring, going into town for groceries feels riskier than my day job. That’s saying something, since my job is keeping grizzly bears away from western Montana’s corn fields, calves, chicken coops, and garbage cans.

    My last town trip was on a cold, overcast morning. A gray inversion sat on Missoula like a broody hen, and it was easy to imagine that cloud of tailpipe emissions and breath as the virus currently wracking us.

    I did not want to enter the city and found it strange to fear my own people—those wilderness-loving, flannelled, hearty pint-glass clinkers. Of course, they meant me no harm. They hadn’t changed. It was just that now, without meaning to, we could lay each other low.

    This got me thinking about grizzlies, and how they survive in today’s West. Everywhere in the mountains around here, bears are waking from miraculous five-month slumbers, emerging from black-mouthed dens as if regurgitated by the earth, stepping hardily into spring’s pale light.

    Their world has changed much more over the course of the past century than ours has in the last few months. Because we’ve inhabited and cultivated so much of this region, the modern grizzly’s hardest task is avoiding humans: keeping away from our livestock and crops; staying out of the paths of speeding cars and bullets. Put simply, grizzlies survive by steering clear of us. And though the bears are good at such distancing, humans still kill more of them than anything else does.

    A grizzly’s life—the subject of Down from the Mountainisn’t easy. It’s built of staggering effort and contains too much tragedy. The amazing thing is that bears often manage it. With caution, they can thrive. Up here in the Northern Rockies, grizzlies are slowly returning to places from which we exterminated them in the twentieth century.

    I find this heartening. Right now, all around us, the natural world is quickening toward spring. Sap is rising and geese are beating up from the south. Bears are rousing to their busy season. And though none of this makes the virus less fearsome, it stands as a testament to the hunger and strength in living creatures—that burning desire to persist, adapt, and find our way on.

    The post An Exclusive Guest Post from Bryce Andrews, Author of <i>Down from the Mountain</i>—Our June Nonfiction Pick. appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/06/05 Permalink
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    I Do Love to Tease the Reader with Cliff Hangers: 5 Questions for Thomas Taylor, author of Malamander – Our Young Reader Book of the Month 

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    Malamander is a fun, wildly imaginative story about fearless, clever children in pursuit of a sea monster. It’s also our latest Young Reader Book of the Month, and we can’t wait for everyone to dig into this delightfully illustrated first installment of the new Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series—where the mist is thick, and the legends are real. Since Malamander is a mystery adventure at its core, we were inspired to ask author Thomas Taylor five questions on everything from writing a mystery to what his favorite mysteries were to read when he was a kid.



     is such a fantastical and spirited mystery adventure; what drew you to this story?

    The inspiration for Malamander comes from my experience of living in a seaside town, and of being there in the stormy and misty winter season when the tourists are gone and the dark creeps in. This strange atmosphere lends itself beautifully to the sense of a secret life, to mystery and adventure, and to the eerie and the strange. In such a place, where the senses can be tricked by odd weather, shifting tides and long shadows, it’s all too easy to believe that a legend might actually be true, or that someone you thought you knew might turn out to have dark secrets. I think it would be hard for me to write in a different genre now. And I’m fine with that!

    What’s your favorite part of writing a mystery? The suspense, the inevitable plot twist?

    I do love to tease the reader with cliff hangers. And, to ratchet up the suspense. Twists can be hard to handle, and I think there is sometimes a tendency to add too many of them to mystery stories these days, though that’s more a criticism of television than books. One good twist is enough because even that can be hard to pull off well. I also enjoy the freedom that writing Middle Grade mystery brings — the freedom to explore the extraordinary, to dial up character and plot to ten, to play with language, to deal in wonder, and to offer hope.

    Herbie’s background is kind of a mystery in itself (one we can’t wait to see unfold!); where did you draw the inspiration for his character?

    Herbie’s faint heart yet innate sense of fairness comes from me, I suppose. Or rather from my own childhood self. But I’m also aware that many people find it hard to find the courage to act well in difficult and dangerous situations, so I think that makes Herbie relatable. I’m also drawn to the smallest and seemingly most insignificant person in any situation, and to the possibility they may turn out to be the real hero in the end. Herbie, as Lost-and-Founder, is a very junior member of staff at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, something the manager Mr. Mollusc will never let him forget. And yet, despite being such an underdog, he manages to triumph. Especially with help from his best friend Violet, and—if he can get one—Mrs. Fossil’s freshly baked salted-caramel muffins!

    The spooky seaside town of Eerie-on-Sea is so amazingly detailed it’s like its own character in the story; how do you feel setting changes and shapes a mystery?

    I think it is very important, and I learned just how important writing Malamander. I decided on a narrative structure to the town and built it up from there. That structure is based on an all-pervasive sense of menace and uncertainty, dotted with a network of warm, reliable, and safe places for Herbie and Violet to operate from. I wanted the reader to feel, whenever the characters left these safe places—the Lost-and-Foundery, the Book Dispensary, Seegol’s Diner—that danger and adventure could strike at any moment. Eerie-on-Sea is also a small, twisty place, that sits beside a vast and fathomless ocean. The combination of these two opposing qualities gives huge scope for storytelling.

    And finally, what were your favorite mysteries to read when you were a kid?

    I remember loving the Three Investigators as a child. And I got into Sherlock Holmes stories from a very young age, and from there into Golden Age crime fiction a bit later. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Tintin books too, and that blend of mystery, detection, and clue-hunting—with a hint of the supernatural—has carried through to Malamander.

    The post I Do Love to Tease the Reader with Cliff Hangers: 5 Questions for Thomas Taylor, author of <i>Malamander</i> – Our Young Reader Book of the Month appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

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