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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/05/19 Permalink
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    Return to Panem: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is Here! 


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    Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem FOREVER!

    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is available NOW and we know all plans are officially cancelled until every last word has been devoured – so let’s get to it.

    Rumors can finally be put to rest now that the Hunger Games prequel is here. We know we’re all going to have a lot of questions and feelings – BIG FEELINGS – once we’re done. And that’s OK, we’ve got you covered. We know the best part of reading (especially for a highly anticipated series return) is the lively conversation that follows. Swapping theories, possible metaphors and opinions is great, but a chance to do all that and engage with the co-editors of Songbirds and Snakes, David Levithan and Kate Egan, is a whole other level.

    So, join us Live on B&N Instagram (@barnesandnoble) for a bonus YA book club event Friday, May 29th at 7PM ET. David Levithan and Kate Egan will be here to discuss all things Hunger Games and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as well as answering your questions.

    And you’re not the only ones with questions. Here are a few things we’d like to know:

    What was your first reaction when Suzanne told you she was writing a prequel?

    And

    What was the best part of the editing process – and how hard was it to not to spill the beans?

    And

    Is this the last glimpse we’ll get into the life of Coriolanus Snow??

    Be sure to check out David’s exciting message to fans and submit your questions for discussion through our event posts on Instagram or live during the event in the Instagram comments, and as always, follow along with #BNYABookClub. Let us know what you’re thinking, and we’ll see you on the 29th!

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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/05/12 Permalink
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    The Hunger Games Live On: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is Almost Here! 


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    We’re a week away from one of the biggest book events of the year; The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is almost here, and we can barely contain ourselves! We’re swapping fan theories, pouring over the original texts to confirm or deny said theories and searching the new cover for any possible clues, all while patiently waiting to return to Panem.

    By the way, you can read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes if you haven’t read the previous Hunger Games novels, but now is a PERFECT time to dig into the series. You’ll devour all three of the earlier novels with plenty of time to be a part of the conversation around Songbirds and Snakes – they’re just that good. This is the series that ushered in a new era of dystopian fiction, one that’s character motivated in an extraordinary world filled with action, suspense, romance and social commentary – it’s basically got it all, and nothing is off limits.

    So after you’ve read and re-read all four books in the Hunger Games series, and joined us for our Instagram Live event (Friday, 5/29 at 7PM ET) to discuss all of your  theories with co-editors of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, David Levithan and Kate Egan, what’s next on TBR pile?

    We have an idea…or thirteen.

    As with any great ensemble series readers will gravitate toward a certain character, or group (Team Peeta or Team Gail?), and they’ll also know which District feels most like home. The Capital may think it’s taken away a District’s personality by assigning a number instead of a name – but readers know that’s just not true. And since each District with its unique characteristics and functions is so essential in shaping the personalities of the characters they produce, we’re highlighting a few series we know you’ll also enjoy, based solely on the District(s) you most identify with.

    But we all agree we hate spoilers, right? So, after you tear through all four books in the Hunger Games series, here are a few more giving us all the right tribute vibes that aren’t your typical dystopian thrillers.

    If you’re District 3,4,7, or 12 read the Aurora Cycle Series:

    You might be thinking “that’s quite a district mix you got there”, so we’ll explain. In Aurora Rising (book one) we meet the 2380 class graduates of Aurora Academy and more specifically a group of misfits just trying to save the universe. This band of eccentric and offbeat heroes took us back to Catching Fire and the unlikely alliances formed to take down the force field of the third Quell and later join the rebellion. With a cocky star pupil, a tech wiz, and a trigger-happy sociopath set out to rescue a girl from interdimensional space who may be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, we couldn’t help but see a few similarities. This riveting science-fiction epic is fast-paced with a perfect balance of humor and suspense, and just a touch of romance. It might not be what you’d expect as a recommendation, but the character dynamic is perfect with a plot that’ll suck you right in. The sequel, Aurora Burning was also just released so you can get in early on this one.

    If you’re District 1,2,5 or 13 read the One of Us Is Lying Series:

    While strength is a great asset for the games, we all know you need to play a good mental game to win. The “careers” or “the Capitol’s lap dogs” as they’re more affectionately known, are highly trained at getting under your skin and twisting the knife at the same time. “Foxface” was clever until she ate the berries and District 13 was able to convince everyone they didn’t exist… SO, if it’s the mental challenge that’s your fancy, One of Us Is Lying might be a perfect fit; five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. This addictive whodunit is another great ensemble thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. And the sequel, One of Us Is Next starts a new mystery with a whole new set of rules – this one around a deadly game of truth or dare. This one delivers all the twists while racing full speed toward a shocking conclusion you’ll never see coming.

    If you’re District 6,8,9,10, or 11 read the Red Queen Series:

    These are by far the underdog districts – mostly agricultural, and some only briefly mentioned throughout the series. These districts are under the strict thumb of the capitol and have felt the harsh force of the Peacekeepers. In Red Queen we also see a world split in two – the haves and the have nots or in this case, the common Red bloods that serve the Silver-blooded elites. So, when a young Red Blood scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, discovers she has an ability of her own, the Silvers will do whatever it takes to cover up this impossibility. Using her new rank to help a growing rebellion proves to be a dangerous game in this intriguing fantasy novel of power and ultimate betrayal.  The fourth book in the series, War Storm was just released in paperback and is the heart-racing, edge of your seat finale to this epic battle for justice.

    Now that you’re TBR list is full we would say “Happy Reading”, but as the saying goes in Panam, “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor…”

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  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/04/30 Permalink
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    Virtual Events for ALL ages with Barnes & Noble – May 2020 


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    We all miss our book groups and the chance to connect with our favorite authors through in-store events and lively Q&A’s – it’s one of the best outlets we book lovers have to share our passion for great stories. But social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still have engaging connections, so for the time being we’ve moved all our events online (and spread across a variety of platforms) for your viewing entertainment! We’ve got a stellar lineup of virtual events for May; in-depth discussions with authors around exciting new fiction and nonfiction, fun chemistry workshops for budding scientists, and of course our virtual BN Book Club and YA Book Club meetups. Here’s a look at what’s coming to a screen near you this May.

    Friday, May 1st at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (
    Barnes & Noble) – Valentine author, Elizabeth Wetmore in conversation with Christina Baker Kline

    Valentine is a haunting exploration of what makes a community—and what can tear it apart. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader’s heart and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive. We’re thrilled to host Elizabeth and Christina (bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World) to discuss this fierce debut – our April Discover pick and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club selection. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Monday, May 4th at 7PM
    Instagram Live Event (@barnesandnoble): B&N Book Club – Conjure Women author, Afia Atakora in converation with Amy Bloom

    Conjure Women follows three women whose lives span the Civil War—and the shared secrets that bring them both danger and the chance for a better life. Be sure to grab our B&N Book Club Edition of the book which includes an original essay by Afia Atakora, and a reading group guide – perfect for a great discussion around an unbelievable debut. Follow along with #BNBookClub.

    Tuesday, May 5th at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (Barnes & Noble) – Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch discuss their new page-turning true story, The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President – and Why It Failed.

    The bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on President Lincoln. Join Brad and Josh to discuss secret societies, conspiracy theories, and a fascinating true story left out of the history books. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Wednesday, May 6th at 3PM
    YouTube Live Event (Barnes & Noble – YouTube) – Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments author and science professor, Kate Biberdorf will conduct a live science experiment from her new book.

    Have you ever wondered how to make a volcano explode? Or why dropping dry ice in soap bubbles forms neon brains? With 25 kid-friendly science experiments, and stunning full-color photographs, Kate the Chemist’s big book of experiments, shows kids just how fun—and easy—it is to be a scientist. And to get you started, Kate will be taking us step-by-step through one of her favorite science experiments you too can do at home. Follow along with #BNEvents

    Thursday, May 14th at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (Barnes & Noble) – Christopher Moore talks about his new book Shakespeare for Squirrels.

    A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore. This new adventure also sees the triumphant return of Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff. Be sure to order your signed copy here and get ready for what’s sure to be a wildly entertaining event, and follow along with #BNEvents.

    Friday, May 15th at 7PM
    YouTube Live Event (Barnes & Noble – YouTube) #BNYABookClub – Monica Hesse with co-presenter and popular BookTuber, Emma Giordano discuss They Went Left

    Your heart will break and be mended again as you walk alongside Zofia in They Went Left, a concentration camp survivor searching for her missing brother. Our booksellers were captivated by this deeply moving story set against a backdrop of harrowing history and we can’t wait for all of you to join in on the discussion! Be sure to pick up our Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition which includes an author Q&A and an annotated chapter.

    Monday, May 18th at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (Barnes & Noble) – Jennifer Weiner talks about her fabulous new novel Big Summer.

    A sparkling story about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most. We’ve couldn’t be happier to have the bestselling author of Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner with us to discuss Big Summer – one of the most highly anticipated books of 2020. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Friday, May 29th at 7PM
    Instagram Live Event (@barnesandnoble) – David Levithan and Kate Egan discuss The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – the highly anticipated new Hunger Games novel and our bonus YA Book Club pick for May.

    This is one book and event you do not want to miss! The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revisits the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. The Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition includes a reader’s group guide and a Q&A with the author, Suzanne Collins, and her editor David Levithan. Be sure to check out David’s exciting message to fans and submit your questions for discussion through our event posts on Instagram OR live during the event in the Instagram comments, and as always, follow along with #BNYABookClub.

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  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/04/30 Permalink
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    Virtual Events for ALL ages with Barnes & Noble – May 2020 


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    We all miss our book groups and the chance to connect with our favorite authors through in-store events and lively Q&A’s – it’s one of the best outlets we book lovers have to share our passion for great stories. But social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still have engaging connections, so for the time being we’ve moved all our events online (and spread across a variety of platforms) for your viewing entertainment! We’ve got a stellar lineup of virtual events for May; in-depth discussions with authors around exciting new fiction and nonfiction, fun chemistry workshops for budding scientists, and of course our virtual BN Book Club and YA Book Club meetups. Here’s a look at what’s coming to a screen near you this May.

    Friday, May 1st at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (
    Barnes & Noble) – Valentine author, Elizabeth Wetmore in conversation with Christina Baker Kline

    Valentine is a haunting exploration of what makes a community—and what can tear it apart. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader’s heart and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive. We’re thrilled to host Elizabeth and Christina (bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World) to discuss this fierce debut – our April Discover pick and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club selection. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Monday, May 4th at 7PM
    Instagram Live Event (@barnesandnoble): B&N Book Club – Conjure Women author, Afia Atakora in converation with Amy Bloom

    Conjure Women follows three women whose lives span the Civil War—and the shared secrets that bring them both danger and the chance for a better life. Be sure to grab our B&N Book Club Edition of the book which includes an original essay by Afia Atakora, and a reading group guide – perfect for a great discussion around an unbelievable debut. Follow along with #BNBookClub.

    Tuesday, May 5th at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (Barnes & Noble) – Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch discuss their new page-turning true story, The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President – and Why It Failed.

    The bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on President Lincoln. Join Brad and Josh to discuss secret societies, conspiracy theories, and a fascinating true story left out of the history books. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Wednesday, May 6th at 3PM
    YouTube Live Event (Barnes & Noble – YouTube) – Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments author and science professor, Kate Biberdorf will conduct a live science experiment from her new book.

    Have you ever wondered how to make a volcano explode? Or why dropping dry ice in soap bubbles forms neon brains? With 25 kid-friendly science experiments, and stunning full-color photographs, Kate the Chemist’s big book of experiments, shows kids just how fun—and easy—it is to be a scientist. And to get you started, Kate will be taking us step-by-step through one of her favorite science experiments you too can do at home. Follow along with #BNEvents

    Thursday, May 14th at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (Barnes & Noble) – Christopher Moore talks about his new book Shakespeare for Squirrels.

    A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore. This new adventure also sees the triumphant return of Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff. Be sure to order your signed copy here and get ready for what’s sure to be a wildly entertaining event, and follow along with #BNEvents.

    Friday, May 15th at 7PM
    YouTube Live Event (Barnes & Noble – YouTube) #BNYABookClub – Monica Hesse with co-presenter and popular BookTuber, Emma Giordano discuss They Went Left

    Your heart will break and be mended again as you walk alongside Zofia in They Went Left, a concentration camp survivor searching for her missing brother. Our booksellers were captivated by this deeply moving story set against a backdrop of harrowing history and we can’t wait for all of you to join in on the discussion! Be sure to pick up our Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition which includes an author Q&A and an annotated chapter.

    Monday, May 18th at 7PM
    Facebook Live Event (Barnes & Noble) – Jennifer Weiner talks about her fabulous new novel Big Summer.

    A sparkling story about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most. We’ve couldn’t be happier to have the bestselling author of Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner with us to discuss Big Summer – one of the most highly anticipated books of 2020. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Friday, May 29th at 7PM
    Instagram Live Event (@barnesandnoble) – David Levithan and Kate Egan discuss The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – the highly anticipated new Hunger Games novel and our bonus YA Book Club pick for May.

    This is one book and event you do not want to miss! The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revisits the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. The Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition includes a reader’s group guide and a Q&A with the author, Suzanne Collins, and her editor David Levithan. Be sure to check out David’s exciting message to fans and submit your questions for discussion through our event posts on Instagram OR live during the event in the Instagram comments, and as always, follow along with #BNYABookClub.

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