"The extra cash comes courtesy of million-selling author and literary patron James Patterson, who announced Monday that he has given $473,000 to 81 independent sellers around the country in the third round of his campaign to keep local stores in business. Since launching the program a year ago, he has given more than $1 million to 178 sellers. The money is dispersed in response to specific requests, such as a letter from Left Bank that said Patterson's donation would allow the store to 'breathe a huge sigh of relief as we invest the money we make selling books back into our community.'" – The Associated Press
This donation is the third installment in Patterson’s $1 million #SaveOurBooks campaign aimed toward supporting independent bookstores in 2014.
According to the author's website, he will continue to support indie booksellers in 2015 in addition to championing a new initiative centered on supporting school libraries and inspiring children to become lifelong readers.
"'In terms of my charities' effectiveness, I know that a couple of hundred bookstores, thousands of student teachers, and hundreds of thousands of kids who received books from me in schools are better off for it,'" Patterson said. "'From my point of view, that's hard to beat.'" – The Associated Press
If you are interested in joining Patterson in his honorable quest to #SaveOurBooks please sign the petition and help spread the word on your social media accounts!