Barnes & Noble Selects The Cloisters by Katy Hays as Their November 2022 National Book Club Selection

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Readers are Invited to Attend a Free Live Virtual Book Club Discussion Featuring Katy Hays on Tuesday, December 6

New York, NY – October 19, 2022 – Barnes & Noble is delighted to announce The Cloisters: A Novel by Katy Hays as their November 2022 National Book Club pick.  The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition features custom endpapers and readers can scoop up their copy from their local store or on

The Cloisters is a magnetic, atmospheric read that checks all the boxes our Book Club readers could hope for,” said Shannon DeVito, Director of Books at Barnes & Noble.  “Katy Hays is such an exciting new voice in fiction.  She constructs this literary thriller with echoes to titans Donna Tartt and Leigh Bardugo, and lures readers to discover the devilry in the details.  The looming darkness, seduction and occult buried within the walls of the historic Met Museum create a rich tapestry braided with academic obsession in this deeply satisfying read.  The Cloisters is pure book club catnip that is sure to keep our readers begging for more.”

The Barnes & Noble Book Club elevates a newly published novel each month and unites readers in a lively discussion across the country.  The Cloisters: A Novel is dark academia set in the shadowy halls of the famed Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Summer intern Ann stumbles beyond scholarly curiosity when she unearths a 15th-century stack of tarot cards that triggers a dangerous game of free will versus fate.  Katy Hays keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this haunting and mesmerizing debut.

The bookseller invites readers to attend a free live virtual event with Katy Hays on Tuesday, December 6 at 3:00 pm ET where the author will be delving into the details behind the book with engaging hosts Shannon DeVito, Director of Books at Barnes & Noble, and Miwa Messer, Executive Producer of Poured Over, The B&N Podcast.  Attendees need to register via Eventbrite to gain access to the live stream on Zoom.

Leading up to the event, readers can dive into discussions on social media using the hashtag #BNBookClub.

“It’s not lost on me that The Cloisters, a book about luck, has itself been very lucky.  But none of that would have been possible without the overwhelming support of Barnes & Noble booksellers who have given me the highest honor—entrusting me with your readers,” said author Katy Hays. “Thank you for choosing The Cloisters as your November Book Club pick; your support is just the kind of luck a debut author dreams of.”

The enthusiasm of B&N booksellers and their heartfelt recommendations have sparked fervent praise from readers nationwide, turning great novels into bestsellers. Previous Barnes & Noble Book Club selections have included: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, 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 The Night Ship by Jess Kidd.

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