Barnes & Noble Announces the Finalists for the 22nd Annual Discover Great News Writers Awards

  Barnes & Noble Announces the Finalists for the 22nd Annual Discover Great
  News Writers Awards

                       Winners to Be Announced March 6

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 4, 2013

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products, today announced the six finalists for its
prestigious 2012 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The winners in each
category, fiction and nonfiction, receive a $10,000 prize and a full year of
additional promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second-place finalists receive
$5,000, and third-place finalists, $2,500. The finalists are:


                Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist (HarperCollins)
        Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child (Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown)
          Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles (Random House)


         Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House)
      Kristen Iversen, Full Body Burden (Crown Publishers/Random House)
             Cheryl Strayed, Wild (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 6, at a private awards
ceremony. The Discover Awards honor the best works featured the previous
calendar year in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program.

Books by the finalists and judges can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble
store, online at Barnes & ( or instantly
downloaded on any NOOK® eBook Reader or tablet.

The Jurists

Two panels of distinguished literary judges selected the finalists and will
select the winners. Serving as this year’s fiction judges are: Lan Samantha
Chang, author of the 1998 Discover selection Hunger, and, most recently, All
Is Forgotten and Nothing Is Lost;Alan Cheuse, a regular contributor to NPR’s
All Things Considered, and author of several books including the 1990 Discover
selection A Light Possessed; and Karl Marlantes, author of the national
bestsellers Matterhorn (a 2010 Discover selection)  and What It Is Like to Go
to War.

This year’s nonfiction judges are: Susan Cheever, whose most recent book is
Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography; Wendy McClure, author of the 2011
Discover selection The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little
House on the Prairie and I’m Not the New Me; and Touré, author of The Portable
Promised Land, a 2002 Discover selection, and also the forthcoming I Would Die
4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon.

The Discover Awards

The Discover Great New Writers program was established in 1990 to highlight
works of exceptional literary quality that might otherwise be overlooked in a
crowded book marketplace. This year’s selections featured the works of 53 new
and previously underappreciated writers. Submissions to the program are read
and discussed by a group of Barnes & Noble booksellers before selection for
the program’s seasonal promotions.

Past winners of the annual Discover Great New Writers Award include Michael
Levy for Kosher Chinese and Scott O’Connor for Untouchable (both 2011), Kim
Echlin for The Disappeared and David R. Dow for The Autobiography of an
Execution (both 2010), David Sheff for Beautiful Boy (2008), Joshua Ferris for
Then We Came to the End (2007), Eric Blehm for The Last Season (2006), Alison
Smith for Name All the Animals (2004), Monica Ali for Brick Lane (2003), Dina
Temple-Ralston for A Death in Texas (2002), Hampton Sides for Ghost Soldiers
(2001), Tracy Chevalier for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2000), Elizabeth
McCracken for The Giant’s House (1996), Chang-rae Lee for Native Speaker
(1995), and David Guterson for Snow Falling on Cedars (1994).

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading
retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company
operates 689 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s
largest e-commerce sites, ( Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary
is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The
NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive
collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK
Store™ (, while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates
674 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at
colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to
be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is
only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & is ranked the
number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and
video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction
according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).

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