June 21, 2007 at 08:30 AM EDT
Exclusive Event with Disney Book Group's 'Tale Spinners' With Radio Disney at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Harry Potter Midnight Magic Costume Party on July 20
Featuring Bestselling Children's Authors Ridley Pearson, Rick Riordan, Jonathan Stroud, Cinda Williams Chima, and Rob Kidd, Along with Dave Barry and Eoin Colfer Multi-Author Event to Be Accessible to Book Fans Nationwide Via Live Webcast on Barnes & Noble.com

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the worlds largest bookseller, together with Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of childrens books and magazines, will present Tale Spinners with Radio Disney, an exclusive event featuring Disney Book Groups bestselling childrens fantasy authors, at the Harry Potter Midnight Magic party on Friday, July 20, at the Barnes & Noble Union Square store (33 East 17th Street at Union Square) in Manhattan. The five hours of live entertainment will feature appearances, discussions, and signings by favorite Disney authors including:

  • Dave Barry (via video) and Ridley Pearson, co-authors of The New York Times bestselling prequels to Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatchers and Peter and the Shadow Thieves, as well as the upcoming final book in the trilogy, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon.
  • Eoin Colfer (via video), author of the multi-million selling global phenomenon Artemis Fowl series as well as the upcoming Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel.
  • Rick Riordan, author of the number one New York Times bestselling series Percy Jackson & The Olympians.
  • Jonathan Stroud, author of the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy.
  • Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Warrior Heir and The Wizard Heir.
  • Rob Kidd, author of The New York Times bestselling series Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow.

Barnes & Noble will kick off the celebration of the seventh and final book in the J.K. Rowling series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at 5PM. Radio Disney will emcee the celebration and entertain guests with games, prizes, and music. The event will also be webcast live on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/midnightmagic).

Jim Dale, Narrator Of Harry Potter Audiobooks, Also To Appear

The nights festivities will continue with Jim Dale, the acclaimed British actor responsible for bringing to life all the Harry Potter characters in the series audiobooks. Dale will discuss how he became the narrator of the audiobooks, how he creates the characters voices and read excerpts from previous Harry Potter books. Then, with seconds to spare, he will lead the crowd in the magical countdown to midnight when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows goes on sale.

As part of its Harry Potter Midnight Magic celebrations on Friday, July 20, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will remain open late on July 20 and sell Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the stroke of midnight.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will sell for $20.99, 40 percent off the list price of $34.99. Barnes & Noble Members can buy the book for $18.89, a savings of 46 percent. The deluxe edition and compact disc and audiocassettes for the unabridged book will also be available. Customers can order the book at any Barnes & Noble store or online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the worlds largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 793 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nations top bookseller brand, as determined by a brands 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 Webs largest e-commerce sites.

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

About Disney Book Group

Since its inception 15 years ago, Disney Book Group has amassed a portfolio of best selling authors including Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud, Sharon G. Flake, Caroline Kennedy, and Mo Willems. Recent best sellers cross all formats and imprints and include the High School Musical junior novel, Kadir Nelsons Caldecott Honor Book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, Pirates of the Caribbean junior novels and original Jack Sparrow novels, Sara Pennypackers Clementine, and Eoin Colfers blockbuster Artemis Fowl series. Upcoming titles for 2007 include such highly anticipated books as Dave Barry & Ridley Pearsons third book in their Peter Pan prequel trilogy, Gail Carson Levines sequel Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand, Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems, and the first book in Robert F. Kennedy Jr.s American Heroes series. Disney Book Group is a unit of Disney Publishing Worldwide, which publishes books and magazines in 85 languages in 75 countries, reaching more than 100 million readers each month.

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