Barnes and Noble has been running their own book clubs in 600 of their stores since early last year. Their primary focus has been getting adults to come and buy some snacks and gab over the latest book. The bookseller is now trying their hand at getting teens to come too. The YA Book Club will run on every second Thursday of each month in Barnes and Noble bookstores nationwide to discuss new YA titles, and is open to all YA fans.
The first pick for the June 13th meeting is Again, But Better by debut author and Youtube star Christine Riccio. July’s pick is We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and Rory Power’s Wilder Girls is the the August pick. Barnes & Noble will also be offering customers 50% off select debut young adult authors on the Thursday of YA Book Club through the following Sunday. Customers who attend the Book Club discussions can also purchase $2 Teavana tea from stores with Barnes & Noble Cafés.
“We’ve gotten strong demand from our customers to host YA Book Clubs in our stores,” said Stephanie Fryling, Vice President of Merchandising, Children’s Books. “That’s why we are so excited to select books every month written specifically for YA readers and invite fans to meet and discuss these great stories in communities around the country.”
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