Patterson Donates $50,000 for Bookstore Cat Bonuses
James Patterson is partnering with the American Booksellers Association to give bonuses to independent bookstore cats. The bestselling author and indie supporter has pledged $50,000 as part of his Bookstore Cat Bonus Program, whose grant application asks one question: "Why does this bookstore cat deserve a bonus?"
Patterson will select the winners, who will receive bonuses ranging from $250 to $500. The 2019 campaign is open to all U.S. independent bookstore cats through May 30. Details on how booksellers can nominate their cats will be available soon. At press time, there was no word on comparable bonuses for bookstore dogs in the future.
"Over the years, I've heard from so many booksellers who've received holiday bonuses, and the question that's come up so many times has been: 'What about my cat?' " said Patterson. "These bonuses will allow bookstore cats to be treated to better food, blankets, medical assistance and toys--especially those little stuffed birds with dangling feathers. However the owners use the money, I'm humbled to know that I can make a difference in bookstore cats' lives. And I'm grateful to be able to acknowledge the important work they do."
ABA CEO Oren Teicher commented: "Once again, our friend James Patterson is stepping forward and providing extraordinary support for indie booksellers and their cats. His continued generosity has no parallel, and all of us connected to the ABA remain grateful and appreciative. The Patterson bonuses have made a real difference in the lives of hundreds and hundreds of booksellers, and now we are thrilled that our feline booksellers will get their chance for recognition." --Robert Gray