James Patterson Announces a New Bookstore Bonus Program

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Thank you, James Patterson!

In celebration of his new title, The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians, James Patterson is back with another bookstore bonus program! 
Up to 500 booksellers from ABA member stores across the country will receive $500 bonuses for a total donation of up to $250,000 from James Patterson.


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, or 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 bonus?” The deadline to nominate a bookstore employee for a bonus is March 13, 2024. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone else.

Nomination Form

Nominees must be currently employed by an ABA independent bookstore. Employment and membership will be confirmed. Bonuses will be announced in Bookselling This Week and on BookWeb, and bonuses will be distributed in April 2024.  

ABA’s CEO, Allison Hill said, “We are all so grateful for Mr. Patterson’s ongoing support of independent booksellers. His generosity is incredible, and his recognition of booksellers and the valuable role they play in the industry is especially meaningful to us.”

Please note: The names of those nominating won't be made public and won't be revealed to the nominees.