Barnes & Noble Celebrates Black History Month with Special Events and Promotions
Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide to Host Black History Month Storytime Event
Barnes & Noble.com to Feature Black History Month Channel
New York, NY - - Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced that it will celebrate Black History Month with special events and promotions recognizing the significant contributions by African-Americans to the world’s social, political and economic development. Throughout February, Barnes & Noble stores will host Storytime events, promotions and celebrity appearances in stores and online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).
All stores will have a Black History Month table with displays of books for all ages, including picture books for young readers and relevant titles for each age group. Displays will include Rebecca Skloot’s bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Isabel Wilkerson’s Warmth of Other Suns; Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose; and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport. In addition, Barnes & Noble stores will also highlight the artwork of acclaimed African-American artist April Harrison on an exclusive signature tote bag and journal, and on posters and signs in stores and graphics on BN.com.
Barnes & Noble stores across the country will host Storytime events with readings and themed activities, as well as local author events related to Black History Month. In New York City, the Union Square Barnes & Noble store will hold an event with acclaimed author Maya Angelou for her inspirational cookbook Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart on February 17. On February 8, Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee will also appear at Union Square for Giant Steps to Change the World. Other New York City events and readings include Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who will be at the Upper West Side store with Ken Klonsky on February 11; Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts will appear at the Upper East Side store on February 17; and Cheryl Wills will appear in conversation with Hazel Dukes at the Upper West Side store on February 23. Letters from Black America: Intimate Portraits of the African-American Experience will be held at the Park Slope store on February 8; and Robert Morris will discuss Black Faces of War in Des Moines, IA. For more information on all Black History Month event times and locations, visit the Barnes & Noble store locator at http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/.
Barnes & Noble.com will promote Black History Month with author features, relevant NOOKbooks and specially priced books, CDs and DVDs that honor the Black American experience (www.bn.com/bhm). Featured books include Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack; The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray by Walter Mosley; Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me by Condoleezza Rice; and Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine. Featured DVDs include Precious and the 30th Anniversary Edition of Roots. Barnes & Noble.com’s B&N Studio (www.bn.com/studio) will have a Black History Month Channel with audio and video content spotlighting prominent black authors and artists like Condoleezza Rice, Jay-Z, Antwone Fisher and Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 717 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 637 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is the nation’s top bookseller brand for the seventh year in a row, as determined by a combination of the brand’s performance on familiarity, quality, and purchase intent; the top bookseller in quality for the second year in a row and the number two retailer in trust, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK(TM) eReading product offering, customers can buy and read eBooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eBook Readers, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.
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