For the fifth year in a row, James Patterson is giving holiday bonuses to independent bookstore employees. Bookselling This Week reported that the bestselling author and indie supporter has pledged $250,000 as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program whose grant application asks one question: "Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?" Patterson will select the winners.
Once again, he is partnering with the American Booksellers Association to distribute bonuses ranging from $750 to $1,500. The 2018 campaign is open to all U.S. independent bookstore employees through September 30. Past recipients of Patterson grants are eligible, and booksellers can nominate themselves. This year's pledge brings Patterson's contribution to date to $1.1 million.
"Over the past five years, I've heard from many booksellers who've received holiday bonuses," said Patterson. "They've allowed them to buy holiday gifts for their children, pay off medical bills, or even buy theatre tickets--however they use the money, I'm humbled to hear that they make a difference in their lives. And I'm grateful to be able to acknowledge the important work booksellers do."
ABA CEO Oren Teicher commented: "Once again, our friend James Patterson is stepping forward and providing extraordinary support for indie booksellers. His continued generosity has no parallel, and all of us connected to the American Booksellers Association remain grateful and appreciative. The Patterson holiday bonuses have made a real difference in the lives of hundreds and hundreds of booksellers, and we are thrilled that well have a chance to thank James in person at this year's Celebration of Bookselling Lunch at BookExpo."