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October 15-31, 2005 News

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October 15-31, 2005 Edition PEOPLE Bestselling Author Michael Crichton to Discuss Latest Thriller at BN Online Reading Group

NEW YORK, NY/10/3/05—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, has announced that legendary author Michael Crichton will lead a Barnes & Noble.com ( www.bn.com) online reading group in a discussion of his latest book, State of Fear. Registration is now open for this free interactive discussion at www.bn.com/bookclubs. Readers who sign up for the four-week discussion, which begins November 1, will have access to interactive and real-time message boards 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they can participate whenever they choose.

In State of Fear, which will be released in paperback on October 25, a deadly conspiracy plots environmental terrorism. Crichton’s thought-provoking page-turner transports the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. His story challenges conventional wisdom about the relationship between 21st-century society and the natural world.

Educated as a physician, Michael Crichton has sold over 150 million books, which have been translated into 36 languages. Twelve of his novels have been made into films, including The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, and Disclosure.

Crichton is also the creator of the television series ER. He is the only person to have had, at the same time, the No. 1 book, the No. 1 movie, and the No. 1 TV show in the United States.

Almost 100 authors and more than 55,000 readers have taken part in Barnes & Noble.com’s online reading groups since the program began in the summer of 2003. In addition to Michael Crichton, November’s schedule includes discussions with the following prominent authors:

Gregory Maguire on Son of a Witch, the sequel to the hit book and musical Wicked. Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season, on her new novel, Wickett’s Remedy. Neil Gaiman on his latest bestselling fantasy, Anansi Boys. Simon Winchester on A Crack in the Edge of the Word, his authoritative look at the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Robert Hicks on his critically acclaimed new novel The Widow of the South.

The classic reading groups in November will discuss Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons, and C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia,—a treat for Narnia fans waiting for the upcoming movie adaptation.

Readers can enroll at www.bn.com/bookclubs for any of these free reading groups.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 819 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nation’s top retail brand for quality, according to the EquiTrend(R) Brand Study by Harris Interactive(R). Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com ( www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites and the number one online bookseller for quality among e-commerce companies, according to the latest EquiTrend survey.

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

National Book Award Winner Dies

Mary Lee Settle, a National Book Award winner and the historical novelist who founded the annual PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, succumbed to lung cancer Tuesday, September 27 at a hospice in Charlottesville, VA at the age of 87.

She was best known for the novels, “The Beulah Quintet,” explained an interconnected five-book saga

Stacey Barney to Join Kensington

NEW YORK, NY/10/11/05—Stacey Barney is leaving her post as editor at Amistad/Harpercollins to join Kensington Books as an editor.

She joined Amistad early in 2004, and previously was at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.