Bonus material: James Patterson announces donations to booksellers, libraries

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Over the past few years, author James Patterson has been proved as prolific at philanthropy as he was been at turning out novels.

On Tuesday, the bestselling author announced a $2 million gift program, with grants and bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to libraries and independent bookstores in co-ordination with Scholastic Reading Club and the American Booksellers Association.

Patterson says 340 libraries and 87 independent bookstore employees have received money. Beneficiaries include a manager at the Brazos Bookstore in Houston with a passion for works in translation and the Conte Community School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.