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James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross mystery series, is a prolific and wealthy writer. According to Wikipedia, he has sold an estimated 300 million books worldwide. In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid authors for the third consecutive year, earning an estimated $95 million.

Patterson’s generous support of the cause of books and reading is legendary, and this Christmas he’s performed another Santa act  – he’s given $250,000 in bonuses to 149 bookstore employees nationwide. Eight of those booksellers are in Washington state – congratulate these folks the next time you visit your local independent bookstore:

  • Caitlin Luce Baker of Seattle’s University Book Store.
  • Erin Ball of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.
  • Kenny Coble of King’s Books in Tacoma.
  • Madison Duckworth of Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo.
  • Kim Hooyboer of Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.
  • Emma Nichols of Elliott Bay.
  • Sarah Hutton of Village Books in Bellingham.
  • Victoria Irwin of the Eagle Harbor Book Co. on Bainbridge Island.