Bestselling author James Patterson, known for crime thriller series such as “Alex Cross,” The Women’s Murder Club,” and “Private;” but also romance and young adult fiction, was recently seen on MSNBC’s weekday show “Morning Joe.” Patterson has been making his rounds in the media circuit and wants to save bookstores. While discussing his writing career on the program, Patterson revealed he is donating $1millon dollars to save America’s bookstores; preferably the smaller and independent ones.
The Morning Joe interview can be viewed here: http://on.msnbc.com/MQDMgU
Patterson is on a mission. In September 2013 on "CBS This Morning,” he remarked –
"We're making this big transition right now to e-books, and that's fine and good and terrific and wonderful. But we're not doing it in an organized, sane, civilized way, so what's happening right now is a lot of bookstores are disappearing, a lot of libraries are disappearing or they're not being funded. School libraries are not being funded as well. This is not a good thing."
Julie Bosnan of the New York Times in her article on Feb. 19 wrote –
More than 50 stores across the country will begin receiving cash grants this week, from Percy’s Burrow in Topsham, Me., to Page & Palette in Fairhope, Ala., to A Whale of a Tale in Irvine, Calif.
On Feb. 20 Patterson was interviewed by NPR which revealed his following comments –
"We're in a juncture right now where bookstores as we have known them are at risk," Patterson tells NPR's Renee Montagne. "Libraries as we've known them are at risk, publishers are at risk, American literature is at risk, as we've known it, and getting kids reading is at risk."
"The government has stepped in to help banks, automobiles, anything where money is concerned, but nobody seems to care about books and our bookstores," he says. "And I'm telling you, American literature is in jeopardy."
More of this conversation can be heard below.
Patterson has no worry as far as his books being sold. A very rich man who wants to help others and society, here is a summary of Patterson’s literary career from amazon.com –
"James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 280 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family."
Patterson has already released novels this year and more are forthcoming. The next one is due on March 24 named NYPD Red 2 under its series.
More information on Patterson saving bookstores can be viewed at www.jamespatterson.com.