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SANDRA BENITEZ WINS 1993 BARNES & NOBLE DISCOVER AWARD; FIRST-TIME NOVELIST BENITEZ TO RECEIVE $5,000

 NEW YORK, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- First-time novelist Sandra Benitez has been named the 1993 Barnes & Noble, Inc. Discover Great New Writers Award winner for her book "A Place Where the Sea Remembers." This marks the first time a national bookselling organization has awarded a prize for literary excellence. This newly established literary award recognizes an American author's first novel, as included in Barnes & Noble, Inc.'s Discover program in the 1993 calendar year.
 On March 3, Barnes & Noble will host a presentation of the Discover Award at its flagship Upper West Side superstore in New York City, where Steve Riggio, Executive Vice President, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) will present Ms. Benitez with a check for $5,000. The ceremony is open to the public, and will feature a reading by Ms. Benitez. Additionally, "A Place Where the Sea Remembers" will be showcased in the Fifth Avenue windows of the B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shop, and Barnes & Noble Bookstores at 48th and 18th Streets, New York.
 Ms. Benitez was among twenty-two authors representing both small and large presses which qualified as nominees. "A Place Where the Sea Remembers" is published by Coffee House Press of Minnesota, a publishing house with a reputation for producing quality works of fiction. Ms. Benitez's novel was selected by a panel of three distinguished authors including past Discover author and 1992 National Book Award Nominee Dorothy Allison, nationally acclaimed past Discover author Ann Hood, and best-selling author and noted champion of the literary community, Joyce Carol Oates. "Ms. Benitez shows great promise; `A Place Where the Sea Remembers' is a remarkable first novel," comments Judge Ann Hood. Ms. Hood adds, "Sandra Benitez's characters are so hauntingly beautiful, they remain with you long after you finish the book."
 The Discover Great New Writers program was launched in 1990. In the past three years over 400 talented authors have been featured in the Discover program, which offers authors prominent positioning in Barnes & Noble bookstores, and inclusion in the program's brochure of informative reviews, available to customers free of charge.
 Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the world's largest operator of super bookstores and second-largest operator of mall bookstores. The Barnes & Noble family of bookstores includes Barnes & Noble Bookstores, B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops, Scribner's Bookstores and Bookstop.
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 /CONTACT: Kim Becker, 212-633-4062, or Donna Passannante, 212-633-3311, both of Barnes & Noble/
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