You don’t need to travel to a galaxy far, far away to enjoy an adventure with your favorite characters from the Star Wars saga—the action is as close as your local Barnes & Noble. As part of Get Pop-Cultured, we’re celebrating all things Star Wars on July 15 at 7 p.m., with exciting activities, including cosplay, trivia, Star Wars bingo, and coloring activities.
Make the jump to lightspeed on your way in to avoid missing out on a full cargo-hold of giveaways, including an adorable ABC-3PO poster, a two-sided poster for the new novel Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt, by Chuck Wendig, and a sampler of Marvel® Star Wars comics that extends the magic (and expands the story) of the beloved film series, with excerpts from the flagship Star Wars comic, as well as the Darth Vader, Vader Down, Poe Dameron, Obi-Wan and Anakin, Chewbacca, and Han Solo titles (giveaways while supplies last).
Still eager for something to tide you over until the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Whether you lean to the light side of the Force or the dark (or even if you’re just a scruffy-looking nerf-herder) you’ll want to take a trip to a galaxy far, far away with these books and games.
Star Wars: Bloodline (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Claudia Gray
The Force Awakens took us roughly 30 years beyond the events of Return of the Jedi, leaving a rather significant gap in the timeline. What happened after our pals destroyed the second Death Star? Did that big Ewok party signal the end of the evil Empire? As we’ve seen, there was quite a bit more to the story, not all of it good for our heroes. Claudia Gray fills in some details missing from the new film: it’s the story of the birth of Princess Leia’s Resistance against the sinister First Order, as politics and intrigue leave the New Republic on the brink of disaster. The B&N Exclusive Edition includes a double-sided poster.
Life Debt: Aftermath (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Chuck Wendig
Another missing chapter in the Star Wars saga unfolds as Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath saga continues in this book that follows Norra Wexley and her crew of rogues and misfits as they continue to hunt the remaining Imperial leadership following the Battle of Endor. Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is still on the run, but the heroes are forced to take on a new challenge when they receive an urgent request from Princess Leia: save Han Solo! The B&N Exclusive Edition includes a two-sided pull-out poster with Millennium Falcon blueprints.
The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Phil Szostak
Star Wars fans are very familiar with the work of the late, great Ralph McQuarrie, who was responsible for much of the production design work for the original films. Those drawings and paintings provided a breathtaking view into that far-away galaxy: early versions of ideas that were ultimately realized onscreen alongside concepts that never made it, sometimes because they couldn’t be translated from the page. Veteran Doug Chiang played much the same role for The Force Awakens, heading the team of artists and designers who are shaping that world now and as the series continues. Aside from being a showcase for some really stunning production art, this is as close as you can get to experiencing the evolution of the next era of Star Wars.
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Michael Kogge, and Kerrie Dougherty
You saw the movie in the theatre a dozen or so times. You’ve burned out the Blu-ray. Or maybe you’re new to the whole Star Wars scene and don’t want to be left in the dark. Either way, it’s time for a little homework, and this book is no dry encyclopedia; it’s a fun and colorful guide to everything Star Wars, including all of the current movies and the TV shows The Clone Wars and Rebels. From the basics, to the obscure, to the downright weird, the book is packed with trivia and cool facts for fans of all ages.
Star Wars The Force Awakens Junior Novel (Deluxe Edition), by Michael Kogge
Adventure? Excitement? Maybe Jedi crave not these things, but the rest of us feel a little differently. The galaxy has been at peace since the days of Luke Skywalker, but Kylo Ren and his evil First Order are about to put an end to all that. Kogge’s adaption of The Force Awakens is loaded with adventure and excitement from a galaxy far, far, away, and it’s a fun way for readers of all ages to relive the story.
Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book, by Calliope Glass and Katie Cook
You’d be hard pressed for a better way to learn the alphabet this side of Mos Eisley. Geared toward Padawan learners in the 4-8 age range, there’s plenty of fun here for older Star Was fans, as well. Each entry (starting with A for Akbar) features a Star Wars character along with a clever rhyme to reinforce the letter for the kids, and to put a smile on the face of full-grown Jedi moms, dads, and teachers as well.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Little Golden Book Series), by Caleb Meurer
Maybe your wee Jedi-in-training was a bit too young for The Force Awakens, or maybe she can’t get enough. Either way, this Little Golden Book is a perfect way to either introduce the story, or to relive the adventure and excitement while reinforcing reading skills. It’s also a pretty great collectible, with some great retro-style illustrations.
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set
Strategy is key when a your X-wing goes up against TIE fighters in head-to-head dogfights. This tabletop miniatures game set has everything your favorite fan will need to defend and/or conquer the galaxy, but optional expansion kits and options for more advanced rules ensure that the game is almost endlessly replayable.