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San Diego Bookstores Receive Grants From Best-Selling Author James Patterson

Evening Edition

Aired 3/4/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Ann Diener, Owner, The Yellow Book Road Bookstore

Terry Gilman, Owner, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Bunny Hand, Store Manager, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Transcript

One of the nation's best-selling authors loves independent bookstores, and he's putting up the big bucks to prove it.

James Patterson

A portrait of author James Patterson, who is best known for his mystery series on protagonist Alex Cross.

James Patterson, best known for his mystery series on protagonist Alex Cross, is giving away $1 million to bookstores across the nation, and two San Diego bookstores are reaping that benefit.

Kearny Mesa's Mysterious Galaxy and Liberty Station's Yellow Book Road will receive checks from the author.

In announcing the million-dollar giveaway, Patterson told The New York Times:

"Our bookstores in America are at risk...and to some extent the future of American literature is at stake."

The grants range from $2,000 to $15,000.

Patterson is still looking for other bookstores to donate to. He's accepting nominations on his website.

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