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James Patterson is an author who has made a lot of money selling books, and he’s grateful. This past year Patterson, one of the world’s most popular and prolific authors,  has donated $ 2 million to school libraries and  independent bookstore employees – $1.75 million to the libraries, $250,000 in “holiday bonuses” to bookstore workers.

Out of 2,848 nominations received by the American Booksellers Association,  Patterson personally selected 87 grant recipients. Winners will receive bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Several are from Seattle and Washington state:

  • Karen Maeda Allman of Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.
  • Rich and Patti Harriman of Third Place Books.
  • sweet pea Flaherty of King’s Books in Tacoma.
  • Joan Terselich of Village Books in Bellingham.

Independent booksellers use their extensive knowledge of books to take the time to match a book to a customer. They have launched the careers of thousands of authors through their recommendations.

In the library category, Blue Heron School of Port Townsend and Camas Elementary School in Wapato won grants.

The full list of the recipients is available at