Author James Patterson to donate €310,000 to bookshops

Offer applies to independent booksellers in Ireland and UK who have a children’s book section

US crime writer James Patterson who is trying to encourage children to read.

US crime writer James Patterson who is trying to encourage children to read.

Mon, Jun 30, 2014, 07:51

Author James Patterson is donating €310,000 to help independent bookshops in Ireland and Britain, in an effort to encourage children to read.

The bestselling thriller writer, who has sold more than 280 million books worldwide, is offering financial awards to shops, at a time when people are increasingly turning to digital formats.

Retailers with a dedicated children’s book section can apply for grants of between €310 and €6,200 if they come up with innovative ideas to encourage youngsters to read.

Patterson - who has already pledged a large sum to US stores - said: “Far too many children are in danger of living their lives without books. This runs the risk of living in a world run by the shortsighted, by the empathy-challenged, and by the glib.

“Bookshops are the most viable bulwark against this and I need to be part of the fight to ensure their survival. I can’t wait to get started and see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose.”

His announcement comes ahead of Independent Booksellers Week this week.

PA