Barnes & Noble Announces Jess Kidd’s The Night Ship to be Their October 2022 National Book Club Selection

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Readers are invited to a Free Virtual Book Club Event featuring Jess Kidd on Tuesday, November 8    

New York, NY – September 21, 2022 – Barnes & Noble announces Jess Kidd’s The Night Ship to be their October 2022 National Book Club selection. Irish writer Jess Kidd is a firm favorite of Barnes & Noble. Her previous novel, Things in Jars, was a Barnes & Noble Monthly Pick and became one of the bookseller’s best selling books of 2020. She is the author also of Himself and Mr. Flood’s Last Resort. The Barnes & Noble edition of The Night Ship is an exclusive edition with distinctive sprayed edges.  

The Night Ship is an intoxicating novel of a story lost in time and a ship lost at sea,” said Shannon DeVito, Director of Books at Barnes & Noble.  “Kidd masterfully weaves the tale of two child refugees of the same island, set centuries apart, where the harsh realities of the past bleed into the present.  Embedded with Kidd’s trademark magical elements, Kidd etches a singular historical fiction that has everything our Book Club readers could hope for: a blooming tale of friendship and family, an utterly fascinating setting and a story that is sure to stay with you, long after the last page has been turned.”  

As part of their monthly programs, Barnes & Noble champions a newly published novel each month to be their Book Club selection.  The October pick, The Night Ship, follows a young girl, Mayken, who is a passenger on the great Batavia’s maiden voyage, and a boy, Gil, in the late 1900s who is sent to live off the coast of Western Australia where he stumbles upon the tragic history of a shipwreck that occurred in the early 1600s. Evocative and intense, Kidd delivers yet another suspenseful page-turner in her new novel, The Night Ship. 

“I am delighted that The Night Ship is Barnes & Noble’s October Book Club choice,” said author Jess Kidd.  “It is a great accolade to be picked by book experts, who bring together readers and writers with such dedication. A huge thank you B&N for your ongoing support for the stories I tell.” 

Barnes & Noble readers are invited to attend a free live virtual event with Jess Kidd on Tuesday, November 8 at 3:00pm Eastern Time.  The award-winning author will be in a round table discussion with Shannon DeVito, Director of Books at Barnes & Noble, and Miwa Messer, Executive Producer of Poured Over, The B&N Podcast.  Attendees must register via Eventbrite to join the livestream Zoom event.  

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

B&N booksellers have enjoyed great success with their Book Club choices, their enthusiasm sparking the word-of-mouth attention nationwide that creates best sellers. 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, 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, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin and Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra. 

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