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B&N celebrates black history with in-store events, promotions

NEW YORK — Barnes & Noble has announced that it will celebrate Black History Month with special events and promotions recognizing the significant contributions by African-Americans to the world’s social, political and economic development. Throughout February, Barnes & Noble stores will host Storytime events, promotions and celebrity appearances in stores and online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

According to the company, all stores will have a Black History Month display of books for all ages, including picture books for young readers and relevant titles for each age group. The display will include "Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513 to 2008" by Henry Louis Gates; "Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II" by J. Todd Moye, now in paperback; "We March" by Shane W. Evans; "Condoleezza: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me" by Condoleezza Rice; and "Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change" by Michelle Cook. In addition, Barnes & Noble stores will also highlight the artwork of acclaimed African-American artist April Harrison on an exclusive signature tote bag and journal, and on posters and signs in stores and graphics on BN.com. Barnes & Noble.com will also promote Black History Month with author features, relevant Nook Books and specially priced books, CDs and DVDs that honor the Black American experience.

Barnes & Noble stores across the country will host Storytime events with readings and themed activities, as well as local author events related to Black History Month. Barnes & Noble will also provide an educator kit that includes a Black History Month Idea Sheet, a Black History Month Timeline, and a Black History Month Title List for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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