Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus Recipients Named
James Patterson has selected the independent booksellers who are beneficiaries of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program, which in October he said would go to 600 booksellers in $500 increments. As he has done in previous years, Patterson pledged a substantial amount--$300,000 this fall--to fund the program. The complete list of recipients can be seen on the American Booksellers Association's website.
"I've said this before, but I can't say it enough--booksellers save lives," Patterson said. "What they do is crucial, especially right now. I'm happy to be able to acknowledge them and their hard work this holiday season."
ABA CEO Allison Hill commented: "We all continue to be awed by, and grateful for, Mr. Patterson's continuing support of independent booksellers. It means so much to have him recognize the valuable role booksellers play in the industry and we appreciate his financial generosity as well as his generosity of spirit."
Congratulations to the bookseller winners and many thanks to the ever-generous James Patterson! Among the indie bookstores checking in on social media yesterday to congratulate their staff recipients:
Sweet Home Books, Wetumpka, Ala.: "Y'all…. I am so happy to announce that YOUR generous votes and emails allowed Sweet Home Books to be a recipient of the James Patterson 2023 Holiday Bookstore Bonus! There aren't enough words to show my gratitude to James Patterson for choosing to support indie bookstores, and to each of you who have encouraged, supported, and worked alongside me at SHB. Our goal has always been to create a space where people can connect through a shared love of stories, and all of you have made that happen. I can't wait to see what 2024 brings!"
New Story Community Books, Marshall, Mich.: "Congratulations to Tom for being selected for recognition by James Patterson!"
The Astoria Bookshop, Queens, N.Y.: "Congratulations to our own Emily and all the other James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus recipients! Emily is shown here with a stack of some of her favorite books of 2023."
Literarity Book Shop, El Paso, Tex.: "I'm grateful to be a recipient of one of the $500 holiday bonuses that best-selling author James Patterson awards to 600 booksellers each year. James truly understands and appreciates the importance and value of booksellers and indie bookstores. And special thanks to the friends, authors and publishers who nominated me. From its inception, Literarity was intended to be a platform for doing good in our community and the holidays are for giving, so we'll be donating our bonus to El Paso Matters. Happy Holidays, Bill."
BookMarx, Springfield, Mo.: "Thank you to James Patterson for generously including us as a recipient in his holiday bookseller bonus program. (Take notes, Mr Grisham!)"
Afterwords Books, Edwardsville, Ill.: "I SPY an Afterwords Books employee recipient! Thanks so much to all who shared a kind word or two, nominating your favorite mother-daughter bookselling duo for a holiday bonus. As Kaleigh and I are a team; working tirelessly together to continue to make your little local indie bookstore a cozy, welcoming place, we share this honor. The bonus is much appreciated (thank you, Mr. Patterson!) and will be funneled back into our community through giveaways and donations. Cheers! --LuAnn & Kaleigh."
The BookSmiths Shoppe, Danbury, Conn.: "THANK YOU @jamespattersonbooks !!!! We were awarded a holiday bonus thanks to his generosity!!!! I'm so honored !!! Shop local!!! Support indie!!!!"
Blue House Books, Kenosha, Wis.: "Thanks to the efforts of our amazing customers and followers, a Blue House Books staff member has once again won the James Patterson Bookseller Holiday Bonus! Congratulations to Sam! (Who insisted we use a photo from when she went to see The Eras Tour movie in honor of Taylor Swift's birthday.) This wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our wonderful customers. Thank you so much for your continued support."