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  • Jeff Somers 10:00 pm on 2018/07/13 Permalink
    Tags: events, Games and Strategy, ready set go, ,   

    Let the Games Begin with Summer Game Nights at B&N! 

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    If the thousands of board game meetups around the country, boasting more than a million members, are any sign, board and card games have never been more popular. These meetups are a testament to the power and appeal of playing a fun, geeky, challenging, or hilarious game with friends, no headsets or high-speed internet required. Games exercise your logic circuits, strategic genius, and creativity—all you need is the game, some players, and a comfortable place to spread out and play. To celebrate our killer selection, Barnes & Noble is psyched to be hosting a six-week Game Night series, starting Thursday, July 19.

    Every Thursday night from July 19 through August 23, B&N stores will be the ideal spot for your regular Game Night—or your first foray into tabletop gaming. There are a lot of reasons B&N is the perfect place to roll some dice and deal some cards. Let our cafés provide the drinks and snacks (no fuss, no cleanup), with deals including $5 flatbreads and buy one, get one free Frappuccinos. Not sure how to get started? Each Game Night will have a host, ready to help organize games and educate players. Have you been wanting to try a new game, but weren’t ready to commit? We’ll have game demo libraries on hand in each store, with featured games available for 10% off.

    The demo games include a mix appropriate for all ages, including Boss Monster, Star Wars X-Wing, Superfight, and You Gotta be Kitten Me. With plenty of space to spread out, food and beverages mere steps away, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff at your service, Game Night is about to get a lot more epic.

    B&N Game nights will include a few featured games each week, ranging from classics to devious new favorites. For the old-school folks, you’ll have the opportunity to bankrupt your friends and loved ones with Monopoly, prove you’re a walking dictionary with Scrabble (as well as the frenetic new variation Bananagrams), get back to old-school card tricks with UNO, and wrack your brains with Scattergories.

    Want games of skill? B&N will be featuring games like Yeti in My Spaghetti, where you have to remove noodles without letting the yeti drop into the bowl, and the “Telephone for the 21st century” game Telestrations.

    Prefer card games? We got you—some Game Nights will feature rounds of the hilarious Game of Things, where players write down responses to questions and you have to guess who said what, the insanity of Exploding Kittens, where you must avoid—yes—adorable cats that explode, or the imagination-intense Superfight, in which players build superpowered characters and pit them against each other.

    Just want to have fun? No one said Game Night had to be hard. Cozy up to games like Harry Potter Clue, lynch a werewolf or two in One Night Ultimate Werewolf, or fire up your inner storyteller with a thought-provoking round of Dixit.

    All of these games and more will be on hand at different Game Nights, so you can come by to play some old favorites or to discover new ones, make some new friends (and tabletop rivals) in the process, and enjoy a snack from the café. Because there’s one thing we know: whatever your age, whatever your skills, there’s a game out there for you—and this summer you’ll find it at your local Barnes & Noble.

    The post Let the Games Begin with Summer Game Nights at B&N! appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Joel Cunningham 8:30 pm on 2017/09/07 Permalink
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    Announcing Barnes & Noble’s 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire, November 11-12, 2017 

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    Calling all tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science club members, authors, artists, students, entrepreneurs, crafter, and makers of any kind—join us this November for the 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire!

    Once again, we’ve partnered with Maker Media, creators of Make: Magazine and Maker Faire to host our own all-ages celebration of the maker movement, Mini Maker Faire, at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide* on November 11 and 12! We’ll learn from each other, hear from experts, and work on projects together.

    *To find a list of participating stores, click here.

    Here’s a video from last year’s event to give you an idea what Mini Maker Faire is all about:

    At this year’s event, you’ll have a chance to participate in:

    Make Workspace

    Experience the latest in virtual reality, designing, robotics, coding, programming, and more.

    Meet the Makers

    Hear from leaders and top brands about the latest trends in designing, building, creating and making.

    Make & Collaborate

    Immerse yourself in the process of “ideating,” creating and constructing with a vast array of materials ideally suited for making anything possible!

    If you can’t make it to the store for the event, never fear: we’ve got a ton of ideas to get your creative juices flowing at home, too! Check out our Make & Collaborate projects here.

    Barnes & Noble is a proud presenting sponsor of World Maker Faire, taking place this year September 23-24 at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY.

    Calling All Makers

    If you are interested in being a featured Maker during Mini Maker Faire at a participating local Barnes & Noble store, please email MakerFaire@bn.com and provide the following information: 

    1. Maker Name
    2. Phone Number
    3. Brief description of your presentation/project (one paragraph)
    4. Attach any picture(s) you feel are relevant to represent your presentation/project
    5. If you have a website, please include the URL
    6. Include the Store Number of the participating Barnes & Noble Store you would like to appear in from the list provided in this PDF.

    The post Announcing Barnes & Noble’s 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire, November 11-12, 2017 appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Jeff Somers 7:13 pm on 2016/04/20 Permalink
    Tags: Barnes & Noble Tabletop Gaming Meet Up, events, fun at B&N, it's all fun and games, machi koro, ticket to ride, Toys   

    On October 15, Head to Your Local B&N for a Tabletop Gaming Meet Up! 

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    The modern age sometimes feels dominated by screens and virtual experiences, which may explain why tabletop gaming is enjoying a surge in popularity. Tabletop games are social events where people have to be physically present—they require collaboration, and in turn they provide shared experiences, and represent a fun alternative for an evening out.

    In fact, Barnes & Noble is so excited about tabletop games that we’re hosting our second Barnes & Noble Tabletop Gaming Meet Up this Saturday, October 15. Join us at any Barnes & Noble store nationwide at 7 p.m. for a night of socializing and competing with other players. Attendees will have the chance to compete for promo cards over games of Red Flags, Onitama, Warehouse 51, World’s Fair 1893, Boss Monster, and Kitty Paw. While joining in, you can give everyone on social media FOMO using the hashtag #BNGameNight.

    Don’t miss out on the fun—come enjoy our newest tabletop gaming obsessions!


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  • Melissa Albert 7:00 pm on 2014/07/10 Permalink
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    10 Things We Learned About Rainbow Rowell at Her Landline Reading 

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    Rainbow Rowell books

    Sometimes when you meet an author, they’re nothing like you think they’ll be. A horror writer might be soft-spoken, a romance writer buttoned-up, an author of literary fiction might not correct your grammar with a whip. But sometimes, an author is EXACTLY how you hope they’ll be. I’m happy to say that Rainbow Rowell is that author: she’s just as funny, smart, and full of stories and insights as you’d expect. To celebrate the release of her new book, Landline, she appeared last Tuesday night at the TriBeCa Barnes & Noble, where she read briefly from Landline then spent the rest of the evening answering questions and talking expansively on books, music, writing, expectations, and…C-sections (it was fascinating). Here are just a few things a couple hundred hyped-up fans learned about Rainbow Rowell:

    1. She wrote Harry/Draco slash fic to prepare herself for writing Landline‘s dual narrative. 30,000 words of it. What’s a girl got to do to get her hands on that manuscript?

    2. She feels she has to apologize for how different each of her books is. ”All my books are different, and it makes me nervous. People tell me they loved my last book and I immediately start saying, ‘Well, you’re not going to like the next one at all!’”

    3. When writing Eleanor & Park, even she didn’t want to spend time at Eleanor’s place. “I just wanted to go to Park’s house and try on eyeliner.”

    4. Her favorite book as a teen? Delightfully, it was The World According to Garp.

    5. Don’t worry, we won’t be running out of Rowell books any time soon. She has 5 or 6 plotted books on deck, and is also working on two graphic novels. One of which features a magic portal

    6. She does not read fanfic of her own work. But she’s aware that most of it is written about Simon and Baz. No surprises there.

    7. Music is just as important to her as you think it is. Related fun facts include: 1) While writing the emotionally wrenching climactic scene of Eleanor & Park, she had to play a particular Wild Beasts song to get in the mood, 2) “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves” (which won a mention in Landline) plays when her mom calls, and 3) she loves the Taxi theme song.

    8. She writes from life. All those great parent characters didn’t come from thin air: her mom appears in some form in every book Rowell writes.

    9. What were the three words on the postcard Eleanor wrote Park? Says Rowell: “Want me to tell you? Too bad.” (Though she did offer two suggestions: “Smell you later” and “Get a job.”)

    10. She spent 7 or 8 years writing her first book. ”You have to give yourself permission to write something terrible. Just finish it.” Another piece of advice for aspiring writers that we loved: “Don’t talk about writing and not write.” Listen to the women with four books on the shelves and more on the way.

    Are you planning to read Landline?

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