Indigo Hails the Fall Slate of New Releases as "Most Exciting" in Years

Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:40pm EDT

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  TORONTO, ONTARIO, Sep 14 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Attention: Lifestyle, Entertainment, Book Editors

    Indigo Books and Music Inc. (TSX: IDG), Canada's largest book retailer is
excited about the line-up of new releases set to kick off the season this
week with an impressive selection of inspirational and affordable
entertainment at Indigo and Chapters stores nationally.

    Indigo's Chief Booklover, Heather Reisman personally selects her
Heather's Picks and recent additions this fall include:

    - Stitches, David Small - a stunning graphic memoir and coming-of-age
tale like no other, Stitches takes readers on an unforgettable journey
into the dark heart of a tumultuous childhood in 1950s Detroit.

    - Let The Great World Spin, Colum McCann - a powerful allegory of 9/11
that has already been hailed as an American masterpiece, comes alive in
the unforgettable voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn
together by hope, beauty and the tightrope walker's "artistic crime of
the century."

    - Manhood for Amateurs, Michael Chabon - a shy manifesto at once
dazzling, hilarious and moving from American novelist and short-story
writer, Michael Chabon.

    "We at Indigo believe this is the strongest fall release schedule ever
with new, exciting books from the some of the world's biggest authors,"
says Bahram Olfati, VP Adult Trade, Indigo Books & Music Inc. "The season
kicks off with the launch of Margaret Atwood's The Year of The Flood,
followed by Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol and many more to come almost
weekly through to the holidays."

    While books offer great value for the entertainment dollar, innovative
marketing and attractive promotions, including 30% off bestseller
discounts everyday and increased paperback launches, make this year's
exciting fall reading list even more compelling and affordable.

    Blockbusters and Bestsellers

    - Heralded as a "dystopic masterpiece" Margaret Atwood's The Year of the
Flood is the most recent opus from the renowned award-winning Canadian.

    - On September 15th, The Lost Symbol will be available to the thousands
of fans eagerly anticipating Dan Brown's follow up to The Da Vinci Code.
Brown's international bestseller, The Da Vinci Code remains the
bestselling adult fiction title ever with more than 81 million copies in
print world wide and remained atop the New York Times bestseller list for
54 weeks after its 2003 release.

    - The inimitable storyteller John Irving delivers a tale of father and
son fugitives in his twelfth novel Last Night in Twisted River

    - Prolific masters of popular page-turners John Grisham and Stephen King
each have new titles releasing this season including Ford County
Grisham's collection of stories in his return to the setting of his first
novel and King's return to the sci-fi epic in Under the Dome.

    New Non-Fiction

    - Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom's first non-fiction book since
Tuesdays with Morrie is another beautifully written story that will once
again inspire readers.

    - Popular intellectual Richard Dawkins returns with an impressive
investigation into the evidence for evolution with The Greatest Show on
Earth.

    - Malcolm Gladwell and his tenacious curiosity returns with a collection
of essays from his New Yorker columns in What the Dog Saw.

    - While another popular journalist, A J Jacobs also delivers a collection
of hilarious and thought-provoking explorations in The Guinea Pig Diaries.

    Best Book Club Bets

    While A Thousand Splendid Suns, My Sister's Keeper and The Memory
Keeper's Daughter may be book club favourites, modern classics from new
and award-winning authors are now also available in paperback including:

    - The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho - First published in 1988, this best
selling modern classic makes a perennial book club favourite.

    - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz - Diaz's debut novel
and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction.

    - The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski - This 2008 debut novel
is an Oprah Book Club selection and riveting family saga.

    - The Gargoyle, Andrew Davidson - This extraordinary, epic page-turner is
the 2008 debut from Canadian Andrew Davidson.

    Books to Box Office

    Books continue to inspire big screen adaptations and in turn, the films
rejuvenate interest in the original stories from Audrey Niffenegger's The
Time Traveller's Wife to the soon to be released adaptation of Alice
Sebold's The Lovely Bones starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz.
Stephenie Meyer's Twilight franchise will continue to spark the interest
of booklovers young and old when the film New Moon is released. And the
entire family can enjoy the fabulous adventures of Maurice Sendak's Max,
when Where the Wild Things Are releases in theatres on October 16th.

    To discover more fall blockbusters, avid readers can visit
www.chapters.indigo.ca where more than 250,000 booklovers continue to
share their passion for books, authors and reading while adding to their
shelf, recommending books and posting their reviews, top ten lists and
recommendations at the award-winning Indigo Online Community.

    About Indigo Books & Music Inc.

    Indigo is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX: IDG). As the largest book retailer in the country, Indigo
operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books
& Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids; IndigoSpirit, Chapters, The World's
Biggest Bookstore, and Coles. The online division,
www.chapters.indigo.ca, features books, toys, music and DVDs, and hosts
the award winning Indigo Online Community. In 2008, Indigo launched
Pistachio, an eco-aware lifestyle store featuring stationery, gifts and
home decor, and apothecary.

    Chapters and Indigo are rated as the number one and number two retailers
in Canada by the Kubas Major Market Retail Report, and have occupied the
list since 2000.

    In 2004, Indigo founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, a
registered charity that provides new books and education materials to
high-needs Canadian elementary schools, to address the literacy crisis in
Canada. Visit loveofreading.org for more information.

    To learn more about Indigo, please visit the About Our Company section of
www.chapters.indigo.ca.

Contacts:
Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Lisa Huie
Manager, Public Relations
416-646-8926
lhuie@indigo.ca
www.chapters.indigo.ca

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