Barnes & Noble Introduces First-Ever National Teen Book Festival

B-Fest Launching in Stores Nationwide June 10-12

Hundreds of Authors Appearing at Stores During B-Fest for the
Largest-Ever Weekend of Author Events in Barnes & Noble History

Teen Book Festival Will Feature Chapter Giveaways of Upcoming
New Releases, Cover and Chapter Reveals, Trivia, Cosplay, a Story
Development Workshop and More

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 introduced B-Fest (BN.com/B-FEST),
the Company’s first-ever teen book festival and the largest national
teen book festival in the United States. B-Fest will take place at all
Barnes & Noble stores nationwide Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June
12, and will feature hundreds of authors of teen books appearing at
stores nationwide in what will be the largest-ever weekend of author
events in Barnes & Noble history. The list includes some of the most
beloved and bestselling names in the teen space such as Jay Asher (Thirteen
Reasons Why
), Jesse Andrews (The Haters), Nicola Yoon (Everything,
Everything
), Rick Yancey (The Last Star), Christopher Paolini
(The Inheritance Cycle) and hundreds more! Customers should
contact their local store for more details on author appearances.

B-Fest will also feature other engaging events and activities for teens,
including a story development workshop, 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. Plus, one Trivia Blast
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
advance reader’s copies of books that have not yet been released.

“Barnes & Noble has always been a destination for teens to explore and
expand their love of reading, and now we’re taking our commitment to
teens to the next level by rolling out our first-ever national teen book
festival,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes &
Noble. “B-Fest is all about delivering an authentic book festival
experience to teens that will bring the exciting worlds of writing and
publishing to life. Best of all, B-Fest will bring an unprecedented
number of authors of teen books to Barnes & Noble stores to engage their
fans across the country.”

The three-day B-Fest teen book festival will feature four cornerstone
events that will take place at all stores, in addition to a massive
schedule of author appearances nationally, and other events that will
occur at the local level. Following are the events happening at all
stores:

B-In the Know – Friday, June 10 at 7PM

Teens can be a part of an exciting Trivia Blast based on leading teen
book properties, hosted by Barnes & Noble and created by Penguin Teen
and Random House’s First In Line. One winner in every store will receive
advance reader’s copies of the most anticipated new teen books.

Felicia Frazier, Senior Vice President, Director, Young Readers Sales,
Penguin Random House, said, “Penguin Random House really looks forward
to participating in Barnes & Noble’s first-ever teen-book fest. B-Fest
is a great way for us to reach teens across the country, and our authors
who are attending B&N in-store events are excited about the opportunity
to greet their fans.”

In addition, attendees at the B-In the Know event will receive a free
B-Fest Guide from Penguin Random House containing everything they need
to know about the hottest trends in teen books. The guide includes sneak
peeks into bestselling authors’ habits, hopes, homes and hobbies, as
well as never-before-seen content for upcoming books. It’s available
while supplies last so B-there early!

B-First – Saturday, June 11 at 11AM

There’s nothing more exciting than being the first to get the inside
scoop, and any teens who visit Barnes & Noble during B-Fest will get
just that on the fascinating world of teen books. During the “B-First”
event at Barnes & Noble, customers can get chapter samplers of upcoming
book releases, while supplies last, as well as other exclusive content
including a very special cover reveal that attendees will not want to
miss. Teens at the B-First 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

Barnes & Noble stores have always been places where communities come
together in the spirit of learning and fun, and B-Fest will be no
different. The “B-Part of the Fun” event will feature interactive games
and activities around popular teen book series, with giveaways and
prizes based on these leading properties. Games and activities will
include a spelling showdown, story ball, and many other activities like
scavenger hunts and charades. Fun prizes for the winners include tote
bags, notebooks and more. Cosplay is also encouraged, including an
Instagram sweeps, for those 13 and older, that runs throughout the
weekend where a teen/young adult-inspired cosplay pic posted with the
hashtag #BFestBuzz will be chosen at random to win a prize pack
of 50 teen hardcover books from HarperCollins Publishers Children’s
Books. Check Instagram.com/barnesandnoble
for complete details and Official Rules after June 9.

B-Creative – Sunday, June 12 at 2PM

Teens have always been big readers, but they also love to write. That’s
why B-Fest will feature the “B-Creative” event, where teens can
participate in a story development workshop created by Adaptive Studios,
a pioneering new company that transforms pending movie scripts into
re-imagined novels that ultimately make it to the big screen. Teens will
learn how to write “log lines,” “spark pages” and tips for reimagining
popular characters. They can also share their writing with peers if they
choose to.

B-There (Check with your local Barnes & Noble store)

Barnes & Noble has long been the destination for customers to
meet their favorite authors, but B-Fest takes that promise to an
unprecedented new level. During B-Fest, hundreds of authors of teen
books will appear at stores nationwide in what will be the largest-ever
weekend of author events in Barnes & Noble history. Authors will include
big names like Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), Brandon
Sanderson (Calamity) and Jazz Jennings (Being Jazz: My Life as
a (Transgender) Teen
) with more being booked every day. Customers
can visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator (www.bn.com/storelocator)
for the latest details on who’s appearing at their local store.

Barnes & Noble will be announcing more events, exciting author
appearances and signings, giveaways and exclusive content in the coming
weeks. 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. Stay tuned to Twitter,
Instagram,
and Facebook
in the coming weeks for more details and Official Rules.

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

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