December 16, 2015
James Patterson’s bio doesn’t need a lot of superlatives. The facts are enough: “In 2011, it was estimated that one-in-four of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, he is the first author to achieve ten million ebook sales, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author.” Patterson writes books for adults and children and, to his enormous credit, invests his time and money to encourage reading and readers.
This holiday season, Patterson is giving away $2 million in grants and bonuses to independent bookstore employees and school libraries. Working with the American Booksellers Association, Patterson invited readers to nominate hardworking employees of independent bookstores and from the 2,848 nominations, “Patterson personally selected the booksellers who will receive bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.”
The list of 87 winning employees was announced yesterday and we extend special congratulations to these booksellers who serve us in the Cascadia region:
Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis, OR: Charnee Rose
Green Bean Books, Portland, OR: Earl Dizon
King’s Books, Tacoma, WA: sweet pea Flaherty
Powell’s Books, Portland, OR: Carol Easter
Powell’s Books, Portland, OR: Kevin Sampsell
The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA: Karen Maeda Allman
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA: Rich and Patti Harriman
Village Books, Bellingham, WA: Joan Terselich
See the complete list on the ABA’s Bookweb.