Barnes & Noble Announces Marie Benedict’s The Only Woman in the Room as January 2019 National Book Club Selection

Press Release

Readers are Invited to the Barnes & Noble Book Club Discussion in their Local Store on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 PM

Due to Strong Customer Demand, Company Also Announces that its Book Club Will Now be Held Monthly at All Stores Nationwide

New York, NY – January 8, 2019 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict as the January 2019 selection for the Barnes & Noble Book Club, a national book club designed to bring readers in communities across the country together to discuss some of the most compelling books being published. Due to its overwhelming popularity with customers, the Company also announced that the Barnes & Noble Book Club will now be held monthly at all stores nationwide. It was previously held on a quarterly basis.

For this month’s pick, Barnes & Noble will be selling a special Exclusive Book Club Edition of The Only Woman in the Room. January’s free Book Club night for customers to discuss the novel will be held on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 PM local time. Customers can buy the book and sign up for the Book Club in their local store or online at

Filled with unforgettable characters and storytelling that readers will want to discuss with other readers, The Only Woman in the Room is the exhilarating story of a woman who could change the course of World War II. Hedy Lamarr was best known as an actress, but she was also a noted inventor, and this evocative historical novel tells the story of her escape from Nazi Germany to her success in Hollywood, as well as the radio guidance system she developed for torpedoes.

The Only Woman in the Room is exactly the type of page-turning, but also thoughtful novel that book lovers will enjoy reading as well as discussing,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble. “Customers have loved discussing our picks so much that the Barnes & Noble Book Club will now be held monthly. We’re looking forward to many more compelling and timely books to bring readers together in our stores throughout 2019.”

The Barnes & Noble Book Club Exclusive Edition of The Only Woman in the Room comes with a Q&A with the author and a Reading Group Guide for discussion. Customers can buy the book now on, or at their local Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble stores will host free Book Club meet-ups on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 PM, one month after the book goes on sale. Customers can sign up to attend the discussion online at:

Previous Barnes & Noble Book Club picks include: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green.

For more details, customers can ask a knowledgeable Barnes & Noble bookseller, or check the Barnes & Noble Store Locator for event information.

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Shannon DeVito

Senior Director, Book Strategy & Customer Experience

Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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