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  • Joel Cunningham 3:31 pm on 2018/02/23 Permalink
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    Official Rules: B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Area X Twitter Sweepstakes 

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

    The Barnes & Noble @BNSciFi AreaSweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 122 Fifth Avenue New York, NY  10011.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes. A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, and its and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

    START/END DATES: Sweeps begins at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“EDT”) on Friday, February 23, 2018 and ends at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, February 26, 2018 (the “Entry Period”).

    HOW TO ENTER: Entry does not require a payment or a purchase of any kind. To enter the Sweepstakes, an Entrant must have a Twitter account. If you do not have a Twitter account, you may create one for free by visiting www.twitter.com. By submitting your information and creating an account, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy of Twitter. If you do not agree to such terms of use and privacy policy, you cannot create an account or participate in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor may not receive Entries from Twitter users with “protected” updates (i.e., Entrant has set his or her account so that only people the Entrant has approved can view his or her updates.) If Entrant is using his or her mobile device to enter charges, including message and data rates, may apply. Entrants should consult their wireless service provider regarding its pricing plans.

    Follow Sponsor’s Twitter account at https://twitter.com/BNSciFi and retweet the tweet promoting the sweepstakes. Limit one (1) entry per unique Twitter account and per person during the Entry Period. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. No other entry method will be accepted.

    WINNER SELECTION: One (1) winner will be selected by random drawing from amongst all eligible entries received on or about February 27, 2018.  Proof of transmission is not proof of receipt.  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes and determines the order of receipt of entries.  All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes.).

    WINNER NOTIFICATION/ VALIDATION: The potential Winner will be announced on Sponsor’s Twitter feed (“@BNSciFi”) and notified by Direct Message on Twitter by February 27, 2018 and the potential Winner may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity form (where legal) within seven (7) days of date of attempted notification. Noncompliance within this time period, or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, time period permitted, an alternate potential Winner may be selected. The prize will be fulfilled approximately 2-3 weeks after winner validation. Any Winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize.

    PRIZE AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will receive a copy of the book Area X by Jeff VanderMeer, signed by the author. The prize has an Approximate Retail Value of $30. No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

    GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use Winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize; (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered Entries; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweeps or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their Entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award the prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled prior to the stated end date, a notice will be posted at www.twitter.com/BNSciFi. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes.

    WINNERS’ NAMES: Names of winners (first name/city) may be posted on Sponsor’s Twitter account when available.

    NO WARRANTIES: Sponsor makes no warranties regarding any prize furnished as part of this Sweepstakes. Any prize, and all materials furnished as part of or in connection with this Sweepstakes are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose.

    PRIVACY: Any information submitted to Sponsor, including all Entries will be governed by the terms of Barnes & Noble’s User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

    GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of any entrant, Sponsor, and/or any of the Released Parties shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of New York, County of New York. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of New York with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Contest.

    NO IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT: The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company including Twitter, Inc, or the inclusion of a product or service as the prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred.

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  • Brian Boone 6:00 pm on 2018/02/21 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, dave barry, , great ideas, , , ,   

    Let’s Rename Major League Baseball Teams After Cities’ Notable Authors 

    Naming a sports team after literature—that’s pretty awesome. (The Baltimore Ravens of the NFL are technically;  they’re named after an intimidating bird, but the team is specifically named after “The Raven,” the classic, super-spooky poem by Baltimore resident Edgar Allen Poe.) With baseball season coming up, we took it upon ourselves to give every Major League Baseball team a new nickname, based on one of its most famous or prominent literary icons.

    Atlanta: Margaret Mitchell
    Mitchell wrote just one book, but it was a big one: Gone With the Wind, the seminal Civil War novel and a contender for “Great American Novel.” Also a perennial contender in the National League East: the Atlanta Scarletts, named for one of the most complex characters in American lit. 

    Miami: Dave Barry
    As a longtime columnist with the Miami Herald turned novelist of books set in Miami, Barry has a love/hate relationship with his city, and is very responsible for Miami’s image as a tropical crazy town—he is “not making this up,” after all. Let’s go Miami Daves! (We think he’d find that hilarious.)

    Philadelphia: Isaac Asimov
    Fun fact about Asimov—he’s predominantly known as a science-fiction writer, but he was so prolific that he’s the only person in history to have a book in every major grouping of the Dewey Decimal System. But still, the brainy sci-fi stuff like I Robot, still influences how we approach technology today, so that’s why we’re going with the Philadelphia Robots.

    New York: J.D. Salinger
    Of all the many New York based authors, we had to go with one who wrote a book with a baseball word in its title. The author of The Catcher in the Rye, the definitive angry young man novel retreated into privacy in the ‘50s, never the case with the mighty former Mets, renamed after a refrain in Catcher as the New York Phonies.

    Washington, D.C.: Tom Clancy
    The late bestselling author of the “dad novel”—taut but deliriously exciting military and spy thrillers—unsurprisingly stayed close to the nation’s capital. The Washington Jack Ryans are ready to play some patriot games. 

    Tampa Bay: Jack Kerouac
    Kerouac was of course a bit of a traveling malcontent who spent a lot of his time On the Road, but he spent his later years in and died in south Florida, specifically in the sweltering Tampa metropolitan area. As it’s a paradise and On the Road’s main character is named Sal Paradise, the Rays are now named the Tampa Bay Paradise.

    Boston: Louisa May Alcott
    An icon of 19th century literature, Alcott helped make American letters a force to be reckoned with. Her most famous works are Little Women and Little Men, either of which would make a fine new name for the Red Sox. Let’s go with the Boston Little Women.

    Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe
    The Baltimore Ravens of the NFL are already named after their native son’s most famous poem, but we can do better—the Baltimore Pits, or the Baltimore Pendulums.

    New York: Edith Wharton
    Nobody stuck it to Gilded Age aristocrats quite like Wharton did in The Age of Innocence, so the most gilded, aristocratic team in baseball, the Yankees, should be named the New York Archers after that novel’s main character, Newland Archer.

    Toronto: Margaret Atwood
    The great Atwood studied, taught, and lived in Hogtown for years. Seeing as how she’s one of, if not the greatest Canadian novelist of all time, as well as the hottest author in literature right now because of the hit TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, it seems right to renamed the Blue Jays the Toronto Margarets.

    Cincinnati: Alice and Phoebe Cary
    The southern Ohio-born sisters were both major American poets in the late 19th century, and the Cincinnati Carys sounds a lot cooler than the Reds.

    Pittsburgh: Michael Chabon
    Who else but Chabon has rehabilitated Pittsburgh’s image from smog-choked industrial metropolis to enchanting college town? Many of his novels are set here, such as Wonder Boys. That would be a silly name for a team, but the Pittsburgh Chabons sounds kind of cool.

    Chicago: Ernest Hemingway
    A manly man so manly he didn’t even use extra words when telling his tales of manly things like war, fishing, and death, he’s the literary pride of Chicagoland. Adding to his list of four rules to be a man: have a son, plant a tree, fight a bull, read a book, get a baseball team named after you: the Chicago Bell-Tollers

    St. Louis: Jonathan Franzen
    Our nation’s greatest chronicler of the modern American family—and its thoroughly dysfunctional nature—grew up in St. Louis, a fine place to raise to a family and home of the venerable St. Louis, or, as they’re now called, the St. Louis Corrections.

    Milwaukee: Jack Finney
    If one of your city’s most favorite authors is sci-fi author Jack Finney, how can you not name your team the Milwaukee Body Snatchers?

    Cleveland: Dav Pilkey
    While the baseball team from Cleveland has announced it will downplay its offensive mascot, maybe it’s time to get rid of the name completely. Name them after the best-known work by Cleveland-born children’s author Dav Pilkey. That would be the Captain Underpants series, so Cleveland Underpants it is. (Or, you know, Captains is fine, too.)

    Minneapolis: F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The tragic author of perfectly worded Jazz Age classics like The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night brought such an observant eye thanks in part to a middle-class sensibility, no doubt honed over his years in the Twin Cities. The great Jay Gatsby (nay Gatz) was from there, too, and so that’s why we’ve got the Minnesota Gatsbys. 

    Detroit: Joyce Carol Oates
    Oates lived and taught in Motown for many years, and her 1969 National Book Award-winning them is set there, so she gets to have the Tigers renamed the Detroit Mulvaneys after he widely read We Were the Mulvaneys.

    Kansas City: Robert A. Heinlein
    Born and raised in Kansas City, the “Dean of Science Fiction” writers helped establish the genre as a viable art form with its own tropes and rules in works like Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers. Hey, the Kansas City Starship Troopers sounds amazing!

    Chicago: Edgar Rice Burroughs
    How is there not already a team called the Chicago Tarzans?

    Arizona: Diana Gabaldon
    Phoenix’s Gabaldon elevated the romance novel and historical fiction genres with her extremely compelling Outlander series. While the desert sun of Phoenix doesn’t remind anyone of the Scottish Highlands, calling a baseball team the Arizona Outlanders would.

    Los Angeles: Raymond Chandler
    When you think “hardboiled detective noir” you think of Raymond Chandler, master crafter of L.A.-based stuff like The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. The hero of many of those books is the great detective Philip Marlowe, who gives his name to the Los Angeles Marlowes.

    San Francisco: Jack London
    Launching off from San Francisco, the unofficial capital of West Coast wilderness adventure, Jack London wrote gritty, realistic tales of the wilderness and the ocean, like The Call of the Wild and the namesake for the newly renamed San Francisco Sea-Wolves. 

    San Diego: Dr. Seuss
    He was born somewhere else, that much is true, but he lived in La Jolla, der-flibbity-floo. He’s the first author we know, he helped teach us to read, so the San Diego Cat-Hats is something we need.

    Colorado: Bill Finger
    Comics and graphic novels wouldn’t be what they are today without Finger, the Mile High City native who, with Bob Kane of D.C. Comics, helped create Batman and the Batman mythos. Rights issues might be a thing, but the Colorado Dark Knights would be the best-named team in all of sports.

    Oakland: Amy Tan
    How many modern classics has Tan even written anyway? There’s The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Valley of AmazementNobody writes about mothers and daughters with more skill, and she’s probably the best writer Oakland ever gave us, so it makes sense to name the team after her most famous book in full, the Oakland Joy Luck Club.

    Anaheim: Dean Koontz
    After Disneyland and The O.C. the most famous product of Orange County is Koontz, SoCal transplant and author of countless page-turning suspense-filled thrillers of the last 40-odd years. The team gets its name from one of his books: the Los Angeles Sole Survivors of Anaheim.

    Seattle: Tom Robbins
    King of the quirky, dusty comic novel, Robbins’ home town Mariners shall henceforth be called the Seattle Thumbs, after the pronounced characteristic of the protagonist of his 1976 classic Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

    Texas: Patricia Highsmith
    The author of the wicked and intense Tom Ripley thrillers (including The Talented Mr. Ripley) along with other mid-century mysteries like Strangers on a Train was born in Fort Worth, right next to Dallas in the “Metroplex.” The Dallas Ripleys has a nice ring to it.

    Houston: Donald Barthelme
    Barthelme spent most of his life and career in the Houston area, where he taught and worked as a journalist. If you’ve ever taken a short fiction creative writing course, you were probably assigned a clever, humorous Barthelme story or two. But he also wrote all kinds of stuff, even children’s literature, such as his 1972 National Book Award winning The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine. Out with the Astros, and in with the Houston Slightly Irregular Fire Engines.

    What do you think of our new team names?

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  • Joel Cunningham 3:00 pm on 2018/02/12 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, B&N podcast, ,   

    The B&N Podcast: Tayari Jones 

    Every author has a story beyond the one that they put down on paper. The Barnes & Noble Podcast goes between the lines with today’s most interesting writers, exploring what inspires them, what confounds them, and what they were thinking when they wrote the books we’re talking about.

    An American Marriage is Tayari Jones’s extraordinary fourth novel, a page-turning love story with a powerful political undercurrent. It’s as much a novel about family and race, expectation and desire, loneliness and loyalty as it is a story about how readily the American Dream can be derailed on the basis of skin color.  The writer of one of the season’s most keenly anticipated new books joins Miwa Messer in the studio to talk about writing a story that’s page-turning and thought-provoking in equal measure.

    The author of Silver Sparrow returns with a stunning novel about race, loyalty, and love that endures.

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

    This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward–with hope and pain–into the future.

    See more books by Tayari Jones.

    Like this podcast? Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher to discover intriguing new conversations every week.

    Author photo of Tayari Jones (c) Nina Subin

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  • Joel Cunningham 4:37 pm on 2018/02/01 Permalink
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    Barnes & Noble Press “Name Your Novel” Facebook Sweepstakes Official Rules   

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Barnes & Noble Press Name Your Novel Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by NOOK Digital, LLC (“Sponsor”), 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 18th Floor, New York, NY  10036.

    1. ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 13 years of age or older at time of entry, and who agree to enter the Sweepstakes under the terms of these Official Rules. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes.  A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules.  Any entries not eligible for any reason will be disqualified from winning the prize. Employees of Sponsor, and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

    2. HOW TO ENTER: Beginning 12:00:01 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on Monday February 12, 2018 through 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 18, 2018 (the “Entry Period”), log on to http://www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble and locate the Facebook post “pinned” to the top of the official Barnes & Noble Facebook Page and follow the on-screen entry instructions to tell us what the title of your first novel would be in the Comments section of the Facebook post. In order to enter the Sweepstakes, you must have a valid Facebook account.  If you do not have a valid account, please follow the prompts on Facebook.com to create an account for free.  Entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Limit one (1) entry per unique Facebook account and per person during the Entry Period as determined by name and unique email address.  Multiple entries received from any unique email address after the first entry for will be void.   Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply.

    3. RANDOM DRAWING/WINNER NOTIFICATION/VALIDATION:  One (1) potential Winner will be selected at random in a drawing at or about 12:00:01pm ET on Monday, February 19, 2018. Winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received during the Entry Period by Sponsor, whose decision is final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Potential Winner will be notified by email and/or mail. Potential Winner may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity form (where legal) within seven (7) days after winner notification is sent. Noncompliance within this time period, with these Official Rules or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion; an alternate potential winner may be selected by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entrants. Prize will be fulfilled within 2 weeks of winner verification. Any winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize.  Winner is responsible for all taxes applicable to the prizes awarded.

    4. PRIZE AND ODDS: One winner will receive one (1) $100 B&N Gift Card. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  No substitution or transfer of prize except in Sponsor’s sole discretion; if any advertised prize becomes unavailable, Sponsor may award a substitute of comparable value.  Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

    5. GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to the Sponsor and its designees to use winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor and its and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize (including any travel or activity related thereto); (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered entries or referrals; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to award the prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled prior to the stated end date, a notice will be posted at http://www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. In the event of such a dispute or in the event a potential winner entered via internet and a dispute arises regarding a specific individual entitled to receive a prize, entries made by internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry and any damage made to the web site will also be the responsibility of the authorized account holder. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes.

    6. WINNERS’ NAMES: For the name of the winner, available after Sunday, February 26, 2018, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Barnes & Noble Press Name Your Novel Sweepstakes Winners List, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 18th Floor, New York, NY  10036, to be received by Sunday, August 5, 2018.

    7. NO WARRANTIES: Sponsors make no warranties covering any of the prizes furnished as part of this Sweepstakes.

    8. GOVERNING LAW: This Sweepstakes and the rights and obligations of the Sponsors and participants will be governed by and controlled by the laws of the State of New York, applicable to contracts made and performed therein without reference to the applicable choice of law provisions. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of New York, County of New York. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state courts of New York and federal court located with such state and county with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Sweepstakes.

    9.PRIVACY: Information supplied by entrants will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy

    10. NO IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company, or the inclusion of a product or service as the prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred.

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  • Jeff Somers 8:00 pm on 2018/01/09 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, , , the sun and her flowers, well-versed   

    5 Reasons Rupi Kaur Is the Poet of Our Times 

    Poetry doesn’t often make headlines—much less the bestseller lists. Which makes Rupi Kaur all the more remarkable, even before you’ve even read a single word of her verse. Her first collection of poems, Milk and Honey, has sold more than a million copies, likely many of them to her more than 2 million social media followers. In a book world in which thrillers dominate, having a bona-fide poet sell like that is pretty exciting.

    Of course, poetry is subjective, and your appreciation (or lack thereof) for it changes as you change. Poems that didn’t resonate when read in school creep up on you in middle age, and poets that blew your mind when you were 20 may not seem as profound by age 50. But Kaur is the real deal, and as close as we’ve come to a poetry superstar in a long, long time. As her second collection, the marvelous The Sun and Her Flowers, continues to gather her new admirers, we offer these reasons why.

    Her Grasp of Medium

    We’re living in the 21st century, a world in which tiny computers live in every pocket. People are increasing cutting cords and consuming media on their phones instead of their televisions. Just 25, Kaur understands that even if print books are making a comeback, her generation lives on social media, and that has an effect on how they read and understand. Her poetry reflects this; it’s often said she really publishes on her Instagram account, which is where much of her work appears, long before it’s collected. Her poems are crafted for the platform—short, with artful line breaks that are visually appealing (the impact of the “shape” of a poem has long been misunderstood, but poets from T.S. Eliot to Lewis Carroll believed what a poem looks on the page matters). They are usually accompanied by her warm, hand-drawn illustrations. If you were to design a bionic poet for the social media age, it would be Rupi Kaur.

    She Makes It Look Easy

    That style of short, eccentrically-formatted poems is easy to mock. Like the folks who see a Jackson Pollack painting and say their kid could paint it, people see a poem like this and think anyone could do it:

    the idea that we are

    so capable of love

    but still choose

    to be toxic

    But the style is much more controlled and subtle than it first appears. Kaur’s line breaks are diamond-sharp, and her lack of capital letters and limited use of punctuation (the period is the only mark she uses) is a nod towards her heritage; both features of Punjabi, the language of her birthplace. If you dismiss Kaur’s work as simplistic, you’re not paying attention.

    Her Work Fights Chauvinism

    Criticism of Kaur often has a decidedly unsavory chauvinistic edge. A large proportion of her work deals with issues women encounter daily, but are often invisible to men; as her audience is heavily female, there’s a tendency by male culture hawks to dismiss it as silly or shallow. It’s a sadly common idea—that anything that appeals to women must, of course, be inferior (a fact romance readers know well). That much of Kaur’s work deals with abuse and oppression by men makes it feel even more of the moment in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp.

    There’s a Narrative

    Neophytes often boggle at the abstract nature of poetry—its lack of a story or a character to become involved with.

    Kaur, remarkably, constructs a narrative with her poems, despite the fact that they initially appear one-by-one on her social media platforms. Milk and Honey is divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing. Reading from the beginning to the end tells the story of a relationship, with Kaur as the main character, and it’s a powerful story arc that’s easy to invest in emotionally. It turns out Kaur is a storyteller—and a very good one.

    She’s Not Processed

    Art in the modern age is often overly processed and commercialized. Singers are auto-tuned to perfection. Writers are more conscious and savvy about reaching a viable market than ever. Kaur charms with an aesthetic that seems to be precisely the opposite, a refreshing quality that is hopefully the beginning of a new trend. Her work pops up on social media with an immediacy that feels urgent, and her artwork has an off-the-cuff feel that reminds you of quick doodles in the margins of a book. There’s an air of honesty about it all, an emotional impact resulting from truth rather than careful attention to production values.

    Poetry is often thought of as impenetrable, but Rupi Kaur has made it imminently accessible, and in doing so, she has revolutionized an ancient art form for today.

     

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