Southern Literary News
JAMES PATTERSON ANNOUNCES $500,000 DONATION AND CAMPAIGN TO HELP SAVE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES ACROSS THE U.S.
April 2, 2020, New York, NY – James Patterson announced today a personal donation of $500,000 to help save independent bookstores across the country. Patterson has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to promote the campaign. In the coming weeks, Patterson will call upon writers, readers and book-lovers to contribute to #SaveIndieBookstores. The campaign will run through April 30, at which point Binc will distribute the total funds raised to eligible independent bookstores. For more information, please visit SaveIndieBookstores.com.
"In these uncertain times, it's up to all of us to do our part and to help those in need however we can," says Patterson. "The White House is concerned about saving the airline industry and big businesses – I get that. But I'm concerned about the survival of independent bookstores, which are at the heart of main streets across the country. I believe that books are essential. They make us kinder, more empathetic human beings. And they have the power to take us away—even momentarily—from feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and scared. I hope that the funds we raise keep bookstores alive at a time when we need them the most."
American Booksellers Association CEO Allison K. Hill says, "This support for independent bookstores is incredibly generous. We are grateful to Mr. Patterson and Binc and we feel very lucky to have them as part of our bookselling family. It is especially meaningful to have this support from people who recognize the cultural contributions of independent bookstores, and who appreciate the vital role that independent bookstores play in connecting readers to books, and in creating community. This fund will help ensure that this good work continues."
Pam French, Executive Director of the Binc Foundation, says, "We are honored and humbled to work with Mr. Patterson and the ABA to ensure the generosity of book people across the nation goes directly to bookstores that are fighting to survive. In these unprecedented times, bookstores are more vital to the well-being of their communities than ever. I extend my thanks and gratitude to every person who donates. Together we can help save our bookstores."
To be considered for a grant, ABA member bookstores can visit SaveIndieBookstores.com to fill out a short application form beginning April 10 and continuing through April 27. Funds will be distributed to eligible stores by May 15.
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About James Patterson James Patterson is the world's bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. Over the past decade, Patterson has given away more than $75 million to support teachers, bookstores, booksellers and various literacy initiatives, and over a million books to students and the military.
About the American Booksellers Association Since 1900, the American Booksellers Association has supported independent bookstores as the industry's national not-for-profit trade organization. Independent bookstores play a key role in their local economies and culture, and in the promotion of authors, books, and ideas. To support these efforts, the ABA provides indie bookstores with education, services, advocacy, and support. The ABA also actively supports and defends free speech and First Amendment rights and celebrates diversity. A volunteer board of 11 indie booksellers governs the association which is headquartered in White Plains, NY.
About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $6.9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,600 families. Support for the Foundation's programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation's mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book people. Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org.