As I told Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, and Gayle King earlier this week on CBS This Morning, I try not to just talk the talk, but walk the walk. So I'll be giving $1 million to independent bookstores across the country.

Watch the whole interview here:$1m-to-help-independent-booksellers/

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Published on September 19, 2013 13:59 • 1,269 views • Tags: bookstores, charlie-rose, gayle-king, grant, james-patterson, norah-o-donnell, save-our-books
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message 1: by Pam (new)

Pam awesome-they are vanishing fast. It makes me so sad

message 2: by Roy (new)

Roy McDine a fantastic and vital contribution James.
BTW Just finished 'Mistress' - one of my favourite yet!!

message 3: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Nice to hear, since I still read actual books that I can hold in my hands.

message 4: by Nique (new)

Nique That's so fantastic! I love bookstores!

message 5: by Tracie (new)

Tracie Wonderful news!

message 6: by June (new)

June You rock James Patterson!!!!!

I LOVE my books, ebooks do not do it for me. I like to feel and hold a real book in my hands!

What you do to encourage children to read is awesome! You are my hero!

message 7: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Hood yessss

message 8: by Filsan (new)

Filsan Your an awesome writer

message 9: by Marilena (new)

Marilena Your not just a absolutely wonderful writer-that goes without saying....that was a awesomely intelligent and kind gesture. Bravo on trying to Save the books and stores, nothing's like the bookstore experience!

message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Greene That is an awesome gesture! I so wanted to open a coffee shoppe/bookstore but online buying and large companies make it not so appealing. I believe that it is possible to own a small town private bookstore today and survive being put out of business by online purchasing if authors would promote book signings at the small shops more often. Just pop in giving an hour notification. Maybe let the morning local news let it slip that a notable author will be holding the book signing. You won't be mobbed and the shop would get some visibility.

message 11: by Denise (new)

Denise Whelan It is sad to see a bookstore close! What a wonderful and great thing you are doing to help preserve the bookstores we have left. Now we just need to do more to do to save our libraries!!!

message 12: by Pepper (last edited Sep 24, 2013 10:52AM) (new)

Pepper Awesome! Thank you James! I shop at my little independent book store here in my home town of Prescott AZ, and nowhere else! Perigrine Book Company can order stuff for me if I need it, and I've never had a problem. Love them! I also shop at a lot of used book stores in my area.

message 13: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Vance I am a big fan. I try to read all of your books that I can. I am working on my first novel now. It's great fun but much harder than I thought! Your books flow so well. I read on Kindle because I'm able to change the font, but I do love a physical book too. It makes me sad to see the decline of bookstores and libraries. So many are closing. I think what you are doing is a very generous gesture. I love what you do for literacy and especially your work with enticing children to read. Thanks for all you do, you are very much appreciated!

message 14: by Gail (new)

Gail Jones That's a great thing to do. I love bookshops, any shopping trip isn't complete unless I have a wander around a book shop and come home with a couple to add to my collection.

message 15: by Rita (new)

Rita I really like independent bookstores and one in my hometown just closed last week. I am still sad about it. I hate that big bookstores are taking over. People do not seem to frequent independents like they once did. I try to buy all my books from independent stores. It will be difficult with most closing.

message 16: by Rita (new)

Rita Lisa wrote: "That is an awesome gesture! I so wanted to open a coffee shoppe/bookstore but online buying and large companies make it not so appealing. I believe that it is possible to own a small town private b..."

It is not just small towns, but I live in a large city and an independent (very popular) just closed last week. I would like to know about more independents in surrounding areas near me. Does anyone know anything about a website for that sort of thing.

message 17: by Denise (new)

Denise Whelan I live in a big city as well, New York, and we have had 3 bookstores close! It is so sad to see, as there is nothing like the personal service you receive in a bookstore!

message 18: by London (new)

London I will always owe my first allegiance to bookstores. There's just something concrete about reading a physical book, not just an eReader or a nook. Even manga, which is so easy to read online, I get at the library, because there's nothing to replace that feeling. It's almost impossible to describe, but there's just something right about it, if that doesn't sound cheesy.

message 19: by Beckie (new)

Beckie I love to hold a book in my hands as I read. E-books just don't do it for me. It is sad to see so many bookstores starting to close. For me, nothing beats holding a book and curling up and settling in for a good read. I only have the library in my small town, but support them, including their recent book sale. About a half hour away the town has an independent book store, and I usually shop there rather than a large chain bookstore, though I hate to see any go out of business. I think what you are doing is great! Bless you!

message 20: by Louise (new)

Louise Wills Holding the books allows you to swallowed up the fast pace of the story. Love your books , great donation

message 21: by Maya (new)

Maya E.S. Bode Hi, my name is Maya Bode and this year I wrote and self-published my novel "Tess Embers," to and the CreateSpace store. I am now a verified author here on Goodreads, and my book is here as well! As an aspiring young author, I really look up to you and admire you and your work. You may not see this comment, but just in case I want to say that I'd be honored if you followed me/became a fan! Of course it would be amazing if you bought/read my book, but I know you are very busy :) Thanks for your time!

message 22: by Maryann (new)

Maryann Troche Thank you James Patterson for "walking the walk" to save book stores. I wish I could donate the same thing, heck I still dream of opening my own chain of book stores! Until then, I shall continue donating to every book store I ever find buy buying "actual" books that I can hold and smell those great pages in as I turn them.......

message 23: by Mohyndra (new)

Mohyndra i cant read eney thing

message 24: by Tessa (new)

Tessa It's sad, but books will not remain in fashion for much longer. Real books I mean. Digital form does have it's disadvantages but it's cheaper and you can store millions of books on one single device. It's a noble thing, what you did, but I'm afraid that in the long run it will turn out to be futile :( .

message 25: by Tracy-ann (new)

Tracy-ann Adjei James Patterson you are one of my favorite authors. I especially like the book witch and wizard.

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