Barnes & Noble Recommends New Selection for Spring 2013: Charlie Lovett's The Bookman's Tale


Barnes & Noble Recommends New Selection for Spring 2013: Charlie Lovett's The Bookman's Tale

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) , the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Charlie Lovett's novel, The Bookman's Tale (on sale May 28, 2013) is the latest selection in the Barnes & Noble Recommends program. The Bookman's Tale can be preordered at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & ( or via Barnes & Noble's award-winning NOOK® readers and tablets.

Titles selected for the B&N Recommends program are the books our booksellers can't stop talking about. Thought-provoking and uniquely engaging, B&N Recommends selections are chosen for sheer reading pleasure and their appeal as book club picks.

The Bookman's Tale is a book for people who are passionate about books. Cutting back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean and across time, this unforgettable and highly entertaining story of a quiet man's search for truth (and the real William Shakespeare) is part mystery, part love story, a saga of families and feuds, and a rumination on the nature of art.

Here's what some of our booksellers are saying about The Bookman's Tale:

"The Bookman's Tale is perfect for anyone who is passionate not only about the content of books, but about the story of the book itself. The Bookman's Tale leads the reader through the life and many owners of a book which could end the debate of who is the true author of William Shakespeare's plays. Reminiscent of Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book, the parade of owners of the original Pandosto are as interesting as the book itself."
-Stacie Dowdy, Charlottesville, VA

"The Bookman's Tale is the book that book lovers have been waiting for. Centered around a love of literature, it takes you on a fantastic adventure through both time and place. With perfectly twisted plot paths and creamy dashes of romance, I found myself devouring this novel as quickly as The Shadow of the Wind, and for the same reasons."
-Nathan Dunbar, Skokie, IL

"I love a book about books and this one does not disappoint. It has everything a bibliophile loves - passion, intrigue, murder, self-discovery and much more. I couldn't put it down!"
- Lisa Garrigus, Snellville, GA

"Whether you like history, mystery or are a Shakespeare lover, there's something here for you. All in all, a good, fast-paced read."
-Bob Baldwin, Florence, KY

"The Bookman's Tale was a perfect read for me as a bookseller, lover and collector. I can see a bit of Peter in every book lover I know, and this should be read by all of them."
-Jennifer Poffenberger, Youngstown, OH

"It is such fantastic news that Barnes & Noble has chosen Charlie Lovett's The Bookman's Tale for the B&N Recommends program," said Kathryn Court, Lovett's editor, and President and Publisher of Penguin Books. "It's wonderful to see them support an unknown author who has written a wildly entertaining novel that is both a mystery and a love story, but above all is a book about obsession and the lengths to which people will go to own a rare and important book tied to the identity of Shakespeare. Charlie, a confessed bibliophile and lapsed antiquarian bookseller, was the perfect author to create such a tale."

The Barnes & Noble Recommends program includes promotion in stores, on, and on NOOK products.

  • An exclusive interview with Charlie Lovett and a free reading group guide for The Bookman's Tale on

  • Author appearances in select Barnes & Noble stores

  • Featured promotion on NOOK

Previous selections of the B&N Recommends program include:

  • Kate Atkinson's Life After Life (Little, Brown & Co.)

  • M.L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans (Scribner)

  • Maggie Shipstead's Seating Arrangements (Alfred A. Knopf)

  • William Landay's Defending Jacob (Ballantine Books)

  • Chris Bohjalian's The Double Bind (Shaye Areheart Books)

  • Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Harcourt)

  • Tom Rob Smith's Child 44 (Grand Central Publishing)

  • Ethan Canin's America America (Random House)

  • Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (The Dial Press)

  • Stieg Larsson's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (Knopf)

  • Katherine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Hyperion/Voice)

  • Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale (Simon & Schuster)

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