What makes a book a best-seller?

All authors dream of looking at the best-seller list and seeing their book at the top. But what turns a book into a smash literary hit? Literary critic Jörg Magenau looks at whether or not there’s a recipe for success.

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B&N Starts Nationwide Book Club

Barnes & Noble is launching a nationwide book club in the spring. The Barnes & Noble Book Club will debut May 2, with Meg Wolitzer’s forthcoming novel The Female Persuasion its first title.

The club will be free, and open to all members of the public. They will take place at B&N’s 632 stores, starting at 6 p.m. local time, and be led by B&N’s booksellers.

More info @ Publishers Weekly