Barnes & Noble Announces Anthony Marra’s Mercury Pictures Presents as Their August 2022 National Book Club Selection

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Readers are Invited to a Free Virtual Book Club Event Featuring Anthony Marra on Thursday, September 8th    

New York, NY – August 2, 2022 – Barnes & Noble has selected Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra as their August 2022 National Book Club pick.  The bookseller will be selling an exclusive Book Club Edition which features bonus content from the author. 

Each month Barnes & Noble selects a newly published novel full of engaging storytelling that encourages lively book club discussions with its readers.  B&N Booksellers across the country champion these Book Club selections, elevating them to bestselling books that garner word-of-mouth attention. 

“Anthony Marra captivated us with his debut, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which won our Discover Prize a few years back, and has given us another stellar novel with Mercury Pictures Presents,” said Shannon DeVito, Director of Books at Barnes & Noble.  “Encapsulated in these pages is everything you’d want in a really great movie, but on the page – sweeping, yet intimate, heartfelt, but full of wit and humor, and powerful.  Marra moves from Mussolini’s Italy to 1940s Los Angeles, and spectacularly chronicles the story of an exceptional woman who must reinvent herself to survive.  This is pure book club catnip which I know our readers will thoroughly enjoy!”      

“I am beyond thrilled that Mercury Pictures Presents has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Book Club,” said author Anthony Marra.  “So many of the novels that have enlarged my life and shaped my writing I discovered thanks to Barnes & Noble, so this honor means the world to me personally.  I’m profoundly grateful to B&N for their steadfast advocacy of writers, and I can’t wait to connect with my fellow B&N readers throughout August.” 

Barnes & Noble will be hosting a free live event with Anthony Marra on Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 PM Eastern Time in their Union Square New York City flagship store and will also be live streaming the event nationwide.  The Mercury Pictures Presents author will be in a round table conversation with Shannon DeVito, Director of Books at Barnes & Noble, and Miwa Messer, Executive Producer of Poured Over, The B&N Podcast. Virtual registration via Eventbrite is required, (for in-person registration at Union Square only, register here!) and the event will be live streamed on Zoom. 

Before the event, customers can share their thoughts and reactions with other readers on social media using the hashtag #BNBookClub. 

Previous Barnes & Noble Book Club selections have included: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian, The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller, Anthem by Noah Hawley, One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, Elektra by Jennifer Saint and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.   

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