Barnes and Noble launched an official bookclub a year ago. The purpose was for the bookseller to pick one title and people would meet once a once and discuss it. B&N would provide an exclusive edition of the book that includes a special Reading Group Guide and an essay by the author. Customers also received free drinks from the cafe, signups are were done at customer service or online. This month, Barnes and Noble has selected The Vanishing Half as June 2020 National Book Club Selection.
Barnes & Noble is selling a special, exclusive Book Club edition of The Vanishing Half as well as hosting a free LIVE virtual event on B&N’s Facebook Page with Brit Bennett in conversation with Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age, about the book on Tuesday, July 7, at 7pm East Coast Time. Customers can purchase the exclusive edition in stores and at BN.com.
While Barnes & Noble can’t hold its usual monthly Book Club meetup in stores for readers to discuss the book, the bookseller is encouraging customers to engage with this important and gripping novel on social media and join the new B&N Book Club Facebook Group, as well as through a special virtual Book Club event a month after publication.
“The Vanishing Half, an intricately crafted tale about identical twin sisters whose lives diverge when they leave their tiny hometown, is both moving and thought provoking, making it a perfect Barnes & Noble Book Club selection,” said Jackie De Leo, Vice President, Bookstore, Barnes & Noble. “Brit Bennett weaves an incredible, indelible story of identity, family, sisterhood, and home that we are sure our readers will enjoy discussing. We hope everyone is able to join us at our virtual event with Brit Bennett next month.”
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.