March 14, 2019
James Patterson creates award to celebrate young booksellers
by Christina Cerio
Bestselling author James Patterson is creating an award to celebrate young booksellers new to the book selling field. According to Heloise Wood of The Bookseller, Paterson is working with the Booksellers Association to create this award for booksellers in the UK and Ireland that are 25 or younger and have been selling books for at least 12 months.
This isn’t the only time Patterson has given love to bookstores and booksellers. Wood reports that in the past five years, Patterson has donated over $1.5m to bookshops in the US, UK, and Ireland. Wood also quotes Patterson saying,
“I’m overwhelmed by the passion and energy of so many young booksellers. I’m delighted to be launching James Patterson’s Young Bookseller Special Achievement Award to recognise the talent of these young people, who will help to shape the future of the bookselling industry.”
To nominate a bookseller, visit the Bookseller Association’s website. Winners will be announced in July at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.