Author James Patterson giving $1M to bookstores

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 5:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling author James Patterson is giving away $1 million of his own money to independent bookstores.

On Wednesday, Patterson announced the first round of 55 stores to receive over $267,000 in funds. The remaining $750,000 will be given out in stages throughout the year.

Patterson's publisher, Hachette Book Group, released a statement saying the author feels that bookstores are vital to communities and that they leave a lasting love of reading in children and adults.

The bookstores can do whatever they want with the grants, which range from $2,000 to $15,000.

Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, making him among the world's most prolific and popular writers.

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