James Patterson, one of the richest authors in the U.S., is following
through on his promise last fall to donate $1 million out of his own
pocket to independent bookstores across the nation. Patterson has
already sent out the checks to the first group of stores (one of which was Little Shop of Stories), totaling
In September, Patterson spoke with the Wall Street Journal and CBS This Morning to outline his plans, which include a spot on his site where readers can suggest stores that need his help. According to Publisher’s Weekly, Patterson also enlisted R.L. Stine, Kate DiCamillo and other authors, who suggested other stores for him to donate to.
Now, the first installment of donations is out in the mail. He’s sent
a total of $267,000 to 54 stores. He also sent a grant to the Northern
California Independent Booksellers Association to support its California