Late last year, best-selling author James Patterson (Maximum Ride) pledged to donate $1 million to independent bookstores across America. Patterson recently announced the first 55 bookstores to be receiving grants and has now begun to distribute cheques to his chosen booksellers ranging from $2,000 to $15,000.
“Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country’s literature. The work they do to support schools and the rest of their communities leaves a lasting love of reading in children and adults. I believe their work is vital to our future as a country. What are we if we don’t have our own literature? I couldn’t be happier to, very humbly, support booksellers in their mission. Maybe that’s because it’s my mission as well,” said Patterson.
Patterson will disburse the rest of the $1 million over the course of the year, and plans to fill in the regional gaps by donating to bookstores in areas which have not yet received grants. Several publishers and authors have already supported booksellers in their local area by recommending their favourite independent bookstores.
Books of Wonder in NYC and Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, both stores that support actively support young adult literature, have received fund from Patterson.
Booksellers and customers can submit their favourite independent bookseller for consideration on Patterson’s website. To find out more and view the complete list of stores Patterson has already supported, visit his website.