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James Patterson spearheads fundraising effort for US bookshops

In the US, author James Patterson is leading a group that is seeking to raise millions of dollars to help save US bookshops from closing permanently due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Publishers Weekly.

Among the group members are actress Reese Witherspoon, Reese’s Book Club, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and the American Booksellers Association.

Patterson is seeding the new campaign with a personal donation of US$500,000 (A$833,980), and donations are being accepted until at least the end of April at the campaign website www.saveindiebookstores.com. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation will distribute the total funds raised among eligible independent bookshops.

‘If we don’t get it done now, we may wake up one day to find there’s a new degree of normalcy returning to our daily lives and then find a lot of bookstores are gone. If we act now, we can literally save them,’ said Patterson, who is seeking donations of any sum from authors, publishers and readers.

Patterson said he’s also personally pursuing donations from billionaires, including politician and businessman Michael Bloomberg and author MacKenzie Bezos, the third richest woman in the world.

 

Category: International news