James Patterson has selected the independent booksellers who are beneficiaries of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program, which in October he said would go to 500 booksellers in $500 increments. As he has done in previous years, Patterson pledged a substantial amount--$250,000 this fall--to fund the program. The complete list of recipients can be seen on the American Booksellers Association's website.
Congratulations to the bookseller winners and many thanks to the ever-generous James Patterson! Among the indie bookstores checking in on social media last night to congratulate their staff recipients:
Aaron's Books, Lititz, Pa.: "A huge congratulations to Kristin [Cook]! A well deserved bonus from James Patterson. Each year he and his staff select indie booksellers from across the country to honor with a holiday bonus, as recognition for all indie bookstores do for their community. Kristin was nominated for her wonderful dedicated customer service and for creating and producing our new podcast. Come on by the shop on Wednesdays and Fridays to congratulate her in person, and then grab one of her great staff picks to treat yourself!"
Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Mo.: "Congratulations to Erin [Regneri], for being one of 500 recipients of the James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus. Erin, beyond being one of our favorite humans, is a bookselling wonder AND is in charge of our subscription service. She will make you snort with laughter, knows more about wilderness writings and the classics than anyone has the right to, and is a pro at cursing. Seriously, Erin Rocks and she knows that being in a small business is more about the community than the income--but let's be honest a bonus is nice and we are thrilled she got this one. Thanks to James Patterson and everyone who nominated her! YAY ERIN!!!!!!!!!"
The Center for Fiction, New York, N.Y.: "Congratulations to our wonderful bookseller, Harry Cash, for receiving one of James Patterson's Holiday Bookstore Bonuses this year! Keep an eye out for their recommendations throughout the store--you're sure to find some gems."
Flint Hills Books, Council Grove, Kan.: "I am still processing the *incredible generosity* of the person who nominated me for a James Patterson Holiday Bonus. Nominations are anonymous so I am using this public forum to express my thanks to that special person. You have left me speechless and grateful. Thank you! Thank you to Author James Patterson for his generosity and support of indie booksellers. Thank you to the many customers who make each day at the bookstore special."
Afterwords Books, Edwardsville, Ill.: "CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Kaleigh Lane, a much deserving recipient of a James Patterson Holiday Bonus! Thanks so much to all who nominated Kaleigh and special thanks to Mr. Patterson for his generosity and recognition of hardworking indie booksellers across the country."