Borders(R) Launches Employee Author Program

Aug 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from Borders Group, Inc.

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Borders Group, Inc.
 is offering its more than 30,000 employees nationwide the opportunity to
 become a published author under the company's exclusive and proprietary
 publishing program. Borders Group is holding a fiction writing contest open
 to all employees in Borders and Waldenbooks stores, the distribution
 centers and the company's corporate office. Employee authors are eligible
 to submit manuscripts appealing to readers in any of the fiction
 categories. At least one employee whose title is selected as the winner by
 a panel of judges at the corporate office will be awarded a book deal
 including the full support of Borders merchandising and marketing arsenal.
 This includes being featured in the Borders "Shortlist," an e-mail
 promotion for Borders Rewards(R) members, which now number more than 19.5
 million. Employees have until January 31, 2008 to submit manuscripts.
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     "Our employees are talented and creative individuals who have a
 tremendous passion for books, and we believe that there are many who also
 have undiscovered writing talent," said Rob Gruen, executive vice
 president, merchandising and marketing for Borders Group, Inc. "We are
 excited to discover new authors within our company and to promote their
 novels to the millions of loyal customers who rely on our recommendations.
 We have such confidence in the talents of our staff that we are
 anticipating multiple winners and hope to publish fictional works ranging
 from mysteries and thrillers to romance and historical novels."
     Borders' first exclusive and proprietary novel, "Slip & Fall" by Nick
 Santora, was released in June and has since reached bestseller lists at
 "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Boston Globe," and was named as a top
 summer read by "USA Today." Future titles under Borders' exclusive and
 proprietary publishing program include a 50th Anniversary of the GRAMMY
 Awards book and a John Legend Tour book.
     About Borders Group, Inc.
     Borders Group, Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the
 symbol BGP. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., the company is a $4.1
 billion global retailer of books, music, movies, and gift and stationery
 items. More information on Borders Group is available at

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