September 29, 2006 at 08:30 AM EDT
The Dissident Author Nell Freudenberger and Pacesetting Jazz-Rock Musician Howard Fishman Featured in the Next ''Upstairs at the Square'' on Monday, October 30, at the Union Square Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the worlds largest bookseller, today announced the next event in its new series, Upstairs at the Square, held at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (33 East 17th Street at Union Square). On Monday, October 30th, at 7:00PM, Nell Freudenberger, author of the new novel The Dissident, and Howard Fishman, the noted downtown bandleader, guitarist and songwriter whose latest album is Look at All This!, read and perform their work. Journalist Katherine Lanpher will again host the program. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nell Freudenbergers debut collection of stories, Lucky Girls, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2005, Freudenberger was the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award. Her second book, a novel about secrets, love, and the shining chaos of everyday American life entitled The Dissident, is a remarkable and surprising group portrait, done with a light, sure hand. Reviewing Lucky Girls, the Seattle Times praised Freudenbergers merciless and often hilarious eye for family dynamics, and her equally sharp eye for cultures in collision. As The New York Times Book Review observed, Young writers as ambitiousand as goodas Nell Freudenberger give us a reason for hope.

Howard Fishman (www.howardfishman.com), bandleader, guitarist and songwriter, made his debut at The Algonquin Oak Room in 1999. He has since headlined in major venues both in the States and abroad, including The Steppenwolf Theater, The Blue Note, NJPAC, MassMOCA, Stamford Center for the Performing Arts, The Bottom Line, Le Petit Journal, and Joes Pub. A Connecticut native, he spent his musically formative years in New Orleans. The All-Music Guide has called him an important force in creative music, and The New York Times has written that his work transcends time and idiom. Fishman maintains a full-time touring schedule and has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs for his own Monkey Farm label. we are destroyed, Fishmans first foray into music theater, was recently done in a workshop at the Pasadena Playhouse as part of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab West and will be presented by the Penobscot Playhouse next spring. His most recent project is his exploration of Bob Dylans The Basement Tapes, which he performed in a three-night series at Joes Pub at the Public Theater in May. Howard Fishman will make his debut with the Lincoln Center American Songbook series with a one-night version of The Basement Tapes Project in February 2007.

Katherine Lanpher is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist. Springboard Press will publish her first book, Leap Days: Chronicle of a Midlife Move, this month.

The next Upstairs on the Square will take place on Monday, November 27th, at 7PM.

Audio downloads of all four previous events, including the series premiere on June 21 (Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, whose new album is Ready), the event in July (Absurdistan author Gary Shteyngart and pop sensation Sondre Lerche, whose latest album is Duper Sessions), and the August edition (Coronado author Dennis Lehane and singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik, whose new album is White Limousine), as well as Septembers event (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints director/author Dito Montiel and singer-songwriter Jesse Malin, whose latest album is The Heat) are available on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/writers).

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the worlds largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 799 bookstores in 50 states. For the fifth year in a row, the company is the nations top retail brand for quality, 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 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.

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