Barnes & Noble Announces That This Weekend’s “B-Fest” Teen Book Festival Will Feature More Than 1,800 Author Appearances

Largest-Ever Weekend of Author Events in Barnes & Noble History June
10-12 at Stores Nationwide

B-Fest Jam-Packed with Exclusive Giveaways and Exciting Events
Including a Special Story Development Workshop by Adaptive Studios for
Aspiring Teen Writers on June 12

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail
bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and
educational products, today announced that B-Fest (BN.com/B-FEST),
the Company’s first teen book festival and the largest national teen
book festival in the United States, will feature more than 1,800 author
appearances at stores nationwide. B-Fest takes place this weekend, June
10 through June 12, and will represent the largest-ever weekend of
author events in Barnes & Noble history.

The list of authors appearing during this weekend’s teen festival is
almost endless, but features the biggest names in the worlds of teen and
young adult literature, including Jazz Jennings, David Levithan,
Jennifer Niven, Christopher Paolini, Scott Westerfeld, Rick Yancey,
Nicola Yoon and many, many more. Customers can visit the Barnes & Noble
Store Locator (www.bn.com/storelocator)
for the latest details on who’s appearing at their local store.

“We are thrilled to announce an unprecedented number of author
appearances, more than 1,800, taking place at our stores nationwide for
this weekend’s B-Fest teen book festival,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief
Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble. “This is not only the most
author appearances in one weekend in the history of Barnes & Noble, it’s
also a hugely important moment for authors and publishers. By rallying
together in such a powerful way, we’re giving teens across the country
the unique opportunity to meet and interact with their favorite authors
at their local store, and to feel like they’re more connected to stories
and characters they love.”

B-Fest will also feature many other engaging events and activities for
teens, including cosplay, trivia and interactive games, all designed to
provide teens with unique and fun experiences that will fuel their love
of reading and writing. During B-Fest, teens will get access to free
content including chapter samplers, an exciting cover reveal, and more,
while supplies last. The three-day B-Fest teen book festival will
feature the following four cornerstone events that will take place at
all stores:

  • B-In the Know – Friday, June 10 at 7PM: Featuring a trivia
    blast created by Penguin Teen and Random House’s First in Line. One
    winner per store will be added to Penguin Teen’s Advanced Reader Copy
    mailing list for one year, and receive between 5 and 6 preselected
    advanced reader’s copies of books that have not yet been released.
  • B-First – Saturday, June 11 at 11AM: Customers can get a sneak
    peak of upcoming new releases and more. Teens at this event will also
    receive a free ‘Epic Reads’ festival brochure provided by
    HarperCollins, while supplies last, that includes specially curated
    content like sneak peeks of upcoming books and fun quizzes, crosswords
    and more.
  • B-Part of the Fun – Saturday June 11 at 2PM: Featuring a
    spelling showdown and the chance to win exclusive prize packs, swag
    and more. The event will include interactive games and
    activities around popular teen book series, with giveaways and prizes
    based on these leading properties.
  • B-Creative – Sunday June 12 at 2PM: Customers can participate
    in a story development workshop by Adaptive Studios (http://adaptivestudios.com).
    During the workshop, teen writers will learn how to develop stories,
    write “log lines” (a one- or two-sentence description that gives the
    basic concept of a script), create “spark pages” (a one- to two-page
    synopsis of an idea that includes narrative arc, descriptions of main
    characters, and tone or themes of the story), and get tips for
    reimagining popular characters.

For more information on B-Fest, customers should visit BN.com/B-FEST
or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local Barnes &
Noble store. Teens should follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter,
Instagram,
Tumblr
and like Barnes & Noble on Facebook
for the very latest information on B-Fest, and join in on the
conversation using the hashtag, #BFestBuzz. All throughout B-Fest
weekend Barnes & Noble will be running social media sweepstakes* with
fantastic prizes.

* Must be 13 years of age or older at time of entry and a resident of
the U.S. to participate in Sweepstakes.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products. The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble
bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites,
BN.com (www.bn.com).
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tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and
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features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com),
plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content
across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps
available for Android, iOS® and Windows®.

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Senior
Vice President
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
or
Barnes
& Noble, Inc.
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Director
Corporate
Communications
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