I'm super excited that Barnes & Noble is partnering with NaNoWriMo this year. I've been writing in Barnes & Noble cafes for years. Starting in about 2005, when I was both a full-time technical writer and a freelance writer, I used to go to my local B&N to get some work done when I was tired of working at home.
I love writing in cafes, and a cafe in a bookstore seems like the absolute perfect place to write. We've held NaNoWriMo write-ins at Starbucks as well as Tattered Cover, a small local chain of bookstores, but an early attempt to hold one at Barnes & Noble didn't go so well (although to be fair I don't know the full situation or whether that write-in had been approved by B&N).
This year it should go much better, since we'll be there as part of a collaboration between NaNoWriMo and Barnes & Noble. When a business or organization signs up as a Come Write In partner, the region's municipal liaisons coordinate with them to get their events scheduled and on the local calendar. So Barnes & Noble should be well aware of how write-ins work this time around, since they're dealing with the organizers directly.
I have two Barnes & Noble stores near me, one to the north and one to the south, so I've taken on coordinating directly with both of them to set up write-ins. One has already gotten back to me and it's looking like we'll be having write-ins there Wednesday evenings in November. Hopefully the other Barnes & Noble will pick a day other than Wednesday because I'd like to attend both of those write-ins, since I'm coordinating with both stores.
I'm also planning write-ins at a local board game cafe that is incredibly supportive of NaNoWriMo, as they have been hosting these write-ins as well as our kickoff party for years. Those write-ins will be on Sundays throughout November. So as you can imagine, between the two B&N write-ins and the board game cafe one every week, my social calendar in November is already pretty full.
Hard to believe November is only two weeks away now!