James Patterson

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9:58 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Book News: James Patterson Is Giving $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

Author James Patterson, pictured in 2011 in New York City, says independent bookstores are "vital to our future as a country."
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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2:18 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Author James Patterson To Give $1 Million To Bookstores

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James Patterson writes suspense and thriller novels as well as children's books. He runs the children's literacy campaign ReadKiddoRead.
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Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 9:43 am

James Patterson, the best-selling author of thrillers and romance and young adult novels, has pledged to give away $1 million of his personal fortune to independent booksellers around the country. Today, he announced the names of the dozens of booksellers who are receiving grants in the first round of his big giveaway.

The money is heading toward smaller bookstores, which are under pressure from competitors like Amazon and e-books. Patterson's own books are big sellers everywhere — he doesn't depend on small bookstores to succeed. But his giveaway is driven by a broader concern.

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6:56 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Book News: Fight Over Philosopher Ends With Gunfire In Russia

An artist's rendering of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
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Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 6:47 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:24 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Book News: Barnes & Noble Founder Pulls Plug On Buyback Plan

A Barnes & Noble store in Bethel Park, Pa.
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Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 6:19 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:18 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Surviving Summer Camp In James Patterson's 'Middle School'

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Grown-ups, if you've read a thriller recently, there's a good chance it was written by James Patterson. One in 5 adult thriller hardcovers sold these days carries his name on the cover.

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