Barnes and Noble Book Clubs is a new initiative at all 600 of the bookstores to get people together and discuss specific books. The first title will be Meg Wolitzer’s novel, The Female Persuasion and readers will meet on May 2, from 6pm-7pm local time, at stores across the country.
Many book clubs and reading groups already meet at Barnes & Noble stores across the country, but customers have let us know that they would love to participate in an official Barnes & Noble Book Club,” said Liz Harwell, Director of Merchandising at Barnes & Noble. “That’s why we are so pleased to bring readers together to engage in a national conversation about books in a way that only Barnes & Noble can.”
As part of the new Barnes & Noble Book Club, the Company is offering customers an exclusive edition of the book that includes a special Reading Group Guide and an essay by the author. Customers who come to the free Book Club discussion May 2 will also receive one free regular, tall, hot or iced coffee and one free cookie from the Café, and one signed copy of the book will be given away. Customers are asked to sign up at the Customer Service counter in the store.
The Barnes & Noble Book Club is the latest of the retailer’s efforts to stay in business in the age of Amazon. B&N plans to hold the club four times per year and the next event will be held sometime this summer, although the exact date and book are still to be determined.
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