Barnes & Noble Selects Chris Bohjalian’s Hour of the Witch as May 2021 National Book Club Selection

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Barnes & Noble Selects Chris Bohjalian’s Hour of the Witch as May 2021 National Book Club Selection

Readers are Invited to a Free Virtual Book Club Event Featuring Chris Bohjalian in Conversation with Jodi Picoult and special guest Kaley Cuoco on Tuesday, June 1

New York, NY –May 4, 2021 – Barnes & Noble, Inc., with bookstores in every state across the United States, today announced Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian as the May 2021 selection for the Barnes & Noble Book Club, a monthly book club designed for readers across the country to discuss the most compelling books.

Barnes & Noble is selling a special, exclusive Book Club edition of Hour of the Witch as well as hosting a free LIVE virtual event on B&N’s Facebook Page with Chris Bohjalian in conversation with bestselling author Jodi Picoult, about the book on Tuesday, June 1, at 3pm Eastern Time. Kaley Cuoco, star of the HBO Max adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s hit novel The Flight Attendant, will be a special guest during the virtual event. Customers can purchase the exclusive edition, in-stores or online at BN.com.

“We loved this riveting story of a young puritan woman plotting her escape from an abusive and vicious marriage as the Salem Witch Trials begin,” said Shannon DeVito, Director of Books, Barnes & Noble. “Chris Bohjalian spins a spellbinding tale of historical suspense that we are sure our Book Club readers will love. We are so excited to host him with Jodi Picoult and Kaley Cuoco in our Virtual Book Club event on June 1.”

Barnes & Noble invites customers to join the B&N Book Club Facebook Group to share their views of the book as well as attend the virtual Book Club event next month to hear from Chris Bohjalian

“I was thrilled when I heard that Hour of the Witch would be the Barnes & Noble May book club selection.  Barnes & Noble has been part of my life since I was 19 years old and my now wife and I would pool our money for what we called our ‘B&N Run’. The idea of other readers discovering my new novel on their B&N runs? I am so deeply moved,” said Chris Bohjalian. “Yes, Hour of the Witch is about the nexus of adultery, divorce, and witchcraft in 1662 Boston, but it might be among the most timely novels I’ve ever written.  So, thank you, Barnes & Noble, for your faith in my work, and for celebrating daily what words and reading and books can mean to the soul.” 

The virtual event with Chris Bohjalian and Jodi Picoult and special guest Kaley Cuoco on June 1 will be hosted on Barnes & Noble’s Facebook Page. Before the virtual event, customers can also join in discussion at their convenience on the new B&N Book Club Facebook group and on social media via the hashtag #BNBookClub.

Previous Barnes & Noble Book Club selections have included: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly, Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, Inland by Téa Obreht, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

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