James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program Returns for 2022

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Thank you, James Patterson!

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

Patterson has pledged a personal contribution of $250,000, to be distributed in amounts of $500, to 500 booksellers from ABA member bookstores. 


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 holiday bonus?” The deadline to nominate a bookstore employee for a holiday bonus is November 16, 2022. 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 December 2022.  


Stores can share information about the program on social media, in-store, and on the store’s website and encourage customers to nominate booksellers. Access ABA social media assets here

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.