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NEW YORK, NY – January 30, 2008-- Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced the next event in its unique series, “Upstairs at the Square,” held at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (33 East 17th Street at Union Square). On Wednesday, February 13, at 7pm, award-winning Irish author Anne Enright, whose new novel is The Gathering (published by Grove/Atlantic in the U.S.), and Camphor, whose debut album is Drawn to Dust (Friendly Fire Recordings, March 2008; camphor.net), discuss and perform their work. Journalist Katherine Lanpher again hosts the program. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published one collection of stories, The Portable Virgin, which won the Rooney Prize, and three novels, The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like? – shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and winner of the Encore Award – and The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch. Her first work of non-fiction, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, was published in 2004. Of Enright’s new novel, The Gathering, winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize (2007), The New York Times Book Review said, “Reckless intelligence, savage humor, slow revelation, no consolation: Anne Enright’s fiction is jet dark – but how it glitters.”

Camphor, a New York-based indie pop group, is built around the songwriting of Max Avery Lichtenstein, composer of scores for critically acclaimed independent movies, including Tarnation, Jesus’ Son and The King. Camphor’s Drawn to Dust offers up a dark but catchy listening experience reminiscent in flashes of artists like Beck, Nick Cave, Sufjan Stevens, Sparklehorse, Brian Wilson, Calexico, Wilco and late-era Talk Talk. The multi-instrumentalist core members of the Camphor ensemble – Gretta Cohn, D. James Goodwin, Ryan Smith, and Kevin Thaxton – join Lichtenstein in bringing this beautifully layered music to the stage.
Katherine Lanpher (www.katherinelanpher.com) is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist. Springboard Press published her first book, Leap Days.

The innovative series, “Upstairs at the Square,” has paired authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, David Lynch, Anna Gavalda, and Armistead Maupin with musicians including The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, Duncan Sheik and members of the cast of Spring Awakening, Sondre Lerche, Au Revoir Simone, and more. A full archive of recordings of all 16 previous events is available on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/upstairs), where “Upstairs at the Square” is enjoyed by listeners around the world in addition to its live audiences.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 801 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nation’s top bookseller brand, as determined by a brand’s overall strength based on its combination of familiarity, quality and purchase intent, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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Official Website: http://www.bn.com/upstairs

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