Booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore customers have only until Friday, October 18, to nominate a current indie bookstore employee of an American Booksellers Association member store to receive a bonus as part of author James Patterson’s 2019 Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program.
Patterson is pledging a personal contribution of $250,000 to independent bookstore employees, which will be granted in amounts of $500 bonuses to 500 individual booksellers. New this year, 100 of the bonuses will be set aside for children’s booksellers.
All past recipients of Patterson grants are eligible, and booksellers can self-nominate. Bonuses will be distributed in December 2019. In all cases, the vetting process will include obtaining approval from the bookstore employee and store in question to confirm current employment.
The grant application asks one simple question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” Patterson will select winners from bookstores all across the country to receive bonuses this holiday season.