James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program 2023

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James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program


James Patterson is once again supporting independent booksellers with a revival of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program.

Patterson has pledged a personal contribution of $300,000, to be distributed in amounts of $500, to 600 booksellers from ABA member bookstores.

Nominations Booksellers can self-nominate to be considered for a bonus, or they can be nominated by:

  • Bookstore customers
  • Owners
  • Employees
  • Managers
  • Fellow booksellers
  • Publishing professionals
  • Authors

Past recipients of James Patterson bonuses and grants are eligible for another bonus. Nominations can be made online by completing and submitting a simple nomination form, which asks one easy question: “In 250 words or less, why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?”

The nominations form is now closed. The deadline to nominate a bookstore employee for a holiday bonus was November 15, 2023.

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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