Wednesday, October 15, 2014

James Patterson: Sharing His Wealth Across the Pond

James Patterson is a man who, as the saying goes, puts his money where his mouth is.  In the UK and Ireland, 73 indie booksellers are feeling very lucky, indeed.
Taking a page from his 2013 announcement to give a cool $1 mil to independent bookstores around the U.S. to help keep print reading and indies alive, Patterson has extended his sharing of the green across the pond, pledging to donate £250,000 (approximately $406,000) to bookshops in the UK.
In his first round of grants, more than £130,000 (approximately $211,120) was given to 73 bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Eligible were any bookshops with a dedicated children’s book section, and 183 applied. Grants ranged from £250 ($406) to £5,000 ($8,120).
Speaking to The Bookseller, Patterson said:
I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants and impressed and enthused by the caliber of the applications. It’s been a very difficult decision process and I have worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference. I’m excited to follow their progress and see the proposed ideas in action.
James Patterson is a top-selling author of detective thrillers. He is best known for the Women's...Among the plans Patterson might see, according to The Bookseller, are a camper van that will take books into rural communities, leaving from Book-ish in Crickhowell, Wales; a “Hagrid’s Hut” children’s room come to life in the existing hidden stockroom at Far From the Madding Crowd in Linlithgow, Scotland; new shelving and display materials including a children’s books “Christmas ‘wow’ window” at the Gutter Bookshop in Ireland; and a reading and writing room for families at the Newham Bookshop in London.
A second round of Patterson’s generous grants will be awarded next year, and UK bookshops are being encouraged to apply again for a grant via The Booksellers Association in the UK.
Stateside, the recipients of James Patterson’s second round of grants have been named.
The U.S. indie booksellers will be receiving the remainder of that $1 million throughout the rest of 2014


  1. Thanks for this information, Nancy. It's very heartening.

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! I agree; it is a wonderful thing to do.

  2. Thanks, Nancy, where do you find all these great tidbits--thanks so much for sharing. I may have read it somewhere, but I'm glad you posted it here. Booksellers need all the help they can get. Penny (www.

    1. I heard this particular news at a writer's conference then researched it. Many times, though, the material I use comes from educational journals, etc. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!