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Borders Books and Music Partners With Black Issues Book Review Magazine for In-Store Author Events.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 30, 2002

Borders Books and Music(R) has partnered with Black Issues Book Review to bring renowned authors like Eric Jerome Dickey, Yolanda Young, Brian Keith Jackson and Omar Tyree to Borders stores for author readings and signings. The events will take place throughout the next year in stores across the country. Black Issues Book Review is a bi-monthly magazine designed to highlight both fiction and nonfiction books by and about people of African decent. Interviews with authors, book reviews and articles about the publishing industry are regularly featured in the magazine.

"The Black Issues Book Review is a well-done and ambitious magazine that ably expands on traditional book industry publications," said Marilyn Slankard, vice president of marketing for Borders Books and Music. "Borders presents this series of author events in conjunction with the magazine with great pride. These are top-notch authors whose literary works appeal to our diverse customer base."

"Borders makes an invaluable contribution to African-American literary culture by hosting these events, where authors and readers can gather face-to-face," commented William Cox, president/editor-in-chief of "Black Issues Book Review." "I am pleased to partner with a company whose leadership understands the importance of bringing black writers to the widest possible audience."

In June, Brian Keith Jackson will read excerpts from and sign "The Queen of Harlem," a provocative book whose protagonist explores the concept of identity by changing his own. Jackson will be at the Park Avenue Borders on June 18, 2002, at 7 p.m. Other author events will take place this summer, including signings by Karen Miller and Omar Tyree.

Borders Group, Inc., (NYSE: BGP) is a leading global retailer of books, music, video and other information and entertainment items with stores in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. A FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Borders Group employs 32,000 employees worldwide and operates over 370 Borders domestic superstores, 23 international Borders stores, 36 Books etc. locations and approximately 820 Waldenbooks stores. Teamed with Amazon.com, the company also offers online shopping through www.borders.com.

More detailed information for journalists is available at www.bgimediacenter.com. Financial data is hosted on www.bordersgroupinc.com and information on Borders stores is available through www.bordersstores.com.

Cox, Matthews & Associates, Inc. is a publishing, communications and consulting firm headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia with an office in New York City. CMA publishes Black Issues Book Review, Black Issues in Higher Education and Community College Week. CMA also produces videoconferences and Webcasts-live, interactive programs on a variety of contemporary educational, social and cultural topics. Next year CMA will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
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