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Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Gift to booksellers thanks to author James Patterson

From James Patterson website
James Patterson, the best-selling US writer, is stepping in to help the UK's struggling independent bookshops with a £250,000 donation.
The multi-millionaire author of the Alex Cross thrillers will supply grants of between £250 and £5,000 to bookshops that have a children’s section.
“I believe we are at a pivotal moment in our history, a moment in which far too many children – the future stewards of our society – are at risk of living lives without books.
“To my mind, this translates to a risk of living in a world run by the short-sighted, the self-centred and the glib. It is as grave a peril as I can imagine,” Patterson said.
“No way around it – we’ve got to get kids reading.”
Booksellers in the UK and Ireland are invited to apply via a website and Patterson said he would select the most inspiring requests.
“I’m looking for shops that are already making a difference in their communities, shops that could use some help to do even better,” he explained.
All manner of requests will be considered, from a spot bonus for a valued employee to money for an upgraded computer system or a particular project aimed at getting more children to read.
Patterson has sold over 280 million copies of his books worldwide and has topped Britain’s library lending league for seven years running.
In the past decade he has begun writing for children, with titles including I, Funny and Middle School.
He launched a similar scheme last year in the US, pledging $1 million to booksellers there.
Patterson also took out a press ad last year calling for a US government bailout of independent bookstores.
“I’m rich; I don’t need to sell more books,” he told the New York Times. “But I do think it’s essential for kids to read more broadly. And people just need to go into bookstores more. It’s not top of mind as much as it used to be.”
The first successful bidders in the UK scheme will be announced in September.
Tim Godfray of The Booksellers Association said: “This is good news for bookshops and anyone who loves reading. We are delighted that James Patterson is acting on his love of bookshops and his appreciation of their vital importance to cultural and community life.”
Figures published earlier this year showed that the number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000.

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1 comment:

  1. He definitely believes all children should read books--he has done so much good over the years. Yes I have read many, many of his books. I am glad he is helping independent bookstores--I personally would hate to live in a world without them!


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