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Star Wars Reads Day Strikes Back On October 11, 2014

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Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force.

Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.

“With the debut of our new animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD this Fall, and the upcoming theatrical release of Episode VII in 2015, our third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time,” says Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

The following authors are confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return), Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Kenobi), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).

For updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook.

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Hulu Announces Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Series

Hulu has announced a nine-hour event series production of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 in a collaboration between Hulu and Warner Brothers TV. The series will debut in the U.S. in 2015 and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute 11/22/63 globally.

Here is a description of the novel that the series will be based on:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set

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2014 is Marvel’s 75th Anniversary and the comic book company is celebrating its Diamond anniversary with the release of the limited Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set ($500), which will collect the first volume of ten of Marvel’s inaugural comic book series from its Silver Age heyday plus a surprise 11th volume.

Each titanic tome in this limited-edition boxed set features a newly designed cover treatment and interlocking spine artwork, and the slipcase itself is patterned after stately Avengers Mansion. Also included in an Alex Ross poster signed by Stan “The Man” Lee.

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The book covers will feature the iconic artwork of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, etc.

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The 11 books in the set are as follows: Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men and Not Brand Echh.

The Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set is expected to ship on September 3, 2014.

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Stephen King Announces Revival Tour Dates & Cities

On November 11th, Stephen King will embark on a six-city book tour to promote the release of Revival. The tour begins in New York City and continues through Washington DC, Kansas City, Wichita, Austin and South Portland. Dates and Cities listed here.

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Hug Machine By Scott Campbell

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Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale written and illustrated by the incomparable Scott Campbell. Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine! Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED! This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug—and this book!

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Hug Machine ($16.99) will be released on August 26, 2014.

You can read a sample of the book, find out where you can pre-order Hug Machine and more, here.

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The Trailer, Poster & Interview For Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

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Based on the novella from the 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King comes the film, A Good Marriage.

With a serial killer on the loose and a stranger stalking her family, a dedicated wife unveils a sinister secret about her husband that threatens their marriage – and lives.

The prolific author talks with Entertainment Weekly about the October 3rd release of the movie and you can watch the trailer below.

Read the interview here

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Batmobile: The Complete History

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Here for the first time is the complete history of the sleek, sophisticated, incomparable Batmobile!

In addition to comic books, the Batmobile has been immortalized in nearly every imaginable medium, including film, television, toys, and video games. Most recently, it was given breathtaking new life—and extraordinary capabilities—in Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking Dark Knight trilogy. This book explores each incarnation of the Batmobile in unparalleled detail and scope, with special attention paid to Nolan’s Tumbler.

With stunning photographs, detailed specs, blueprints, concept artwork, and original interviews, Batmobile: The Complete History ($35) is an informational and visual delight for auto and Batman fans alike. It’s a high-speed journey that will leave you breathless!

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Vincent Chong’s Cover For The Shining Limited Edition

Artist Vincent Chong created the dustjacket artwork for the limited edition of The Shining. He thought it would be cool to utilize the wraparound cover so that the front of the book showcased only Jack Torrance with Danny on the back. When the book is opened flat you get the complete image.

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Barnes & Noble Celebrates Pop Culture in Its Stores Nationwide Beginning July 18

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Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced a pop culture celebration in its stores nationwide from July 18 through August 10. Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble will bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, DVDs, artists, illustrators and pop culture icons with themed events, author signings, panel discussions, contests, exclusive content, giveaways and prizes, sneak peeks, activities, and more.

Starting Friday, July 18, and running through Sunday, August 10, Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble will bring exclusive and unique fan experiences to customers across the country. The campaign will highlight the huge influence that books, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, music, toys, games and collectibles have on our culture.  Customers can enter the exclusive Get Pop-Cultured Sweepstakes from NOOK for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour for two, and many other great prizes by visiting the NOOK counter at their local Barnes & Noble. For more information on what’s happening during Get Pop-Cultured month, customers can visit their local Barnes & Noble store or http://www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.   More fun and excitement can be found on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GetPopCultured, and on the Barnes & Noble Facebook page at www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble gets underway July 18 with a special Preview Weekend and Costume Contest and continues through August 10 with a fun-filled Page & Screen Weekend.  In between are fantastic events, activities and giveaways for customers of all ages. Each week will feature themes that highlight different ways customers can Get Pop-Cultured!

Preview Weekend and Get Pop-Cultured Costume Contest – July 18 to July 20

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble kicks off with a Preview Weekend designed to provide fans with exclusive sneak peeks of hot new titles by their favorite authors and illustrators. All Barnes & Noble stores will have limited quantities of free, never-before-seen chapter samplers from upcoming releases, posters and digital downloads, and customers can enter for a chance to win prizes and more for the most buzzed-about authors, books and DVD titles of the summer. On Saturday, July 19, all stores will host a Get Pop-Cultured Costume Contest. Customers of all ages are invited to come to their local stores dressed as their favorite characters. Costume-wearing customers can post their pictures on social media using the hashtags #GetPopCultured and #Contest for a chance to win special prizes. Additionally, the Barnes & Noble Café will give costume-wearing customers $1 off any beverage on the day of the Costume Contest. Greeters will hand out the $1 off coupons to customers dressed in costume as they enter the store. For more information, visit www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.

DC Comics Spectacular – July 23 to July 27

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DC Comics is the creator of a pantheon of massively popular characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Hawkman and The Green Arrow, as well as superhero teams the Justice League, The Watchmen and the Teen Titans. The DC Comics Spectacular from Wednesday, July 23, to Sunday, July 27, offers fans the opportunity to celebrate DC Comics with fun activities, special giveaways and a 5-day only offer on all DC Comics graphic novels. The DC Comics Spectacular kicks off with Batman Day on July 23, a celebration of the Caped Crusader’s huge influence on pop culture.

Batman Day – July 23

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It’s been 75 years since Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27.  Since his auspicious debut in 1939, Batman has become one of the most popular superheroes and cultural icons of the last century. Barnes & Noble is celebrating the Caped Crusader’s enormous influence on pop culture on Batman Day, Wednesday, July 23, in all stores nationwide, with exclusive Batman merchandise. Highlights include a Batman exclusive comic book giveaway (limited supplies) of a special edition 75th anniversary collector’s issue featuring the original Batman story (issue #27) and Brad Meltzer’s re-imagined story of Batman’s origins (#27 New 52 series); giveaways of bags, bookmarks and buttons and the chance to win a Mini Bat Signal.

Comic Convention Collectibles – July 24 to July 27

Barnes & Noble has partnered with FUNKO, creator of POP!, the Legacy Collection and ReAction Figure Lines, to offer customers the opportunity to purchase never-before-seen exclusive collectibles that can only be found at this summer’s premier comic convention. Barnes & Noble is thrilled to be able to make convention exclusives more accessible to fans from Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27. In addition, 25 lucky customers per store will receive a FREE Funko POP! TV Collector’s poster with the purchase of any regularly priced POP! collectible.

Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf! – August 1 at 7 p.m.

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Barnes & Noble is celebrating Disney’s Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, with “Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf!” a sing-along and Storytime event on Friday, August 1.  Barnes & Noble stores nationwide invite fans of Olaf, everyone’s favorite summer-loving snowman, to a sing-along of Olaf’s “In Summer” song, a special Storytime, and crafts and activities such as building a sand castle and making a snow cloud and snowflakes so Olaf can go to the beach. Frozen Friday will thrill fans of all ages and prove to be the coolest summer celebration this year!

Marvel Day – August 2

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Marvel is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and Barnes & Noble is honoring that milestone with a special Marvel Day in stores nationwide on Saturday, August 2, featuring fun activities, giveaways and product offerings.  With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, customers will want to explore Barnes & Noble’s vast Marvel offerings and will have the chance to win a variety of merchandise including Marvel tote bags and Marvel 75th Anniversary posters.

James Patterson Day – August 3

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James Patterson has broken just about every record there is for a bestselling author. He is the first author to achieve 10 million eBook sales, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. Since Patterson puts the pop! in popular fiction, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are hosting a James Patterson Day on Sunday, August 3 with fun activities, special giveaways and prizes and a special one-day only in-store offer on James Patterson books and audios.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Jr. Ninja Training Academy Event – Week of August 4

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After numerous adaptations, book series and merchandise spinoffs, America’s favorite “crime fighters on the half shell” are back with the August 8 release of Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. To celebrate, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are hosting a Turtles – Jr. Ninja Training Academy Event during the week of August 4, with exciting activities and crafts, plus a fun-filled Ninja Training event, where participants will be trained as ninjas and receive a special Jr. Ninja Training Academy certificate. For more information on the timing of this event at your local Barnes & Noble store, visit www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured or ask a bookseller.

Page & Screen Weekend – August 9 to August 10

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The Get Pop-Cultured campaign concludes with a celebration of some of the hottest products in pop-culture.  The Hobbit, Doctor Who, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner, A Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are just a few of the great properties that have appeared on both page and screen and this fun-filled weekend celebrates the relationship between books, eBooks, movies and TV shows.

More ways to Get Pop-Cultured include:

Authors, Illustrators, Celebrities and More

Throughout the Get Pop-Cultured campaign, stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators, and celebrities, including Chris Colfer, Deborah Harkness, Christopher Paolini, Jim Starlin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, James Dashner, John Scalzi, Alyssa Milano, Buzz Aldrin, James Patterson, Malcolm Gladwell, Grumpy Cat and many more! The full list of special guests who will be in stores during Get Pop-Cultured, as well as Barnes & Noble locations where each will be appearing, can be found at: www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.

Get Pop-Cultured Sweepstakes from NOOK

Customers can enter the Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and an exciting Studio VIP Tour for two at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, CA, plus many other great prizes. To enter, customers can visit the NOOK boutique at their local Barnes & Noble store anytime between July 18 and August 10, where they should look for the specially created Get Pop-Cultured NOOK App™ on the NOOK devices displayed.

Get Pop-Cultured on Social Media

Pop culture fans should follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and like Barnes & Noble on Facebook for the very latest information on Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble, including announcements about upcoming events and promotions. Pop culture fans can also follow NOOK on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Barnes & Noble will be announcing many more exclusive events, including exciting author appearances and signings, as well as giveaways and exclusive content and products, throughout Get Pop-Cultured month. For a full schedule of local events and author appearances, and for more details regarding giveaways, competitions and sweepstakes, visit www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.

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Horns Teaser Trailer Based On The Bestselling Novel By Joe Hill

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Based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill and directed by Alexandre Aja, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance, that follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple).

Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses — an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

The film will be released appropriately on Halloween 2014.

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