James Patterson has a long history of helping independent bookstores. In in 2014, he donated $1 million to indie bookstores, and staring in 2015, his Holiday Bonus program has given payments between $500 and $5,000 to bookstore employees each year. Now, as bookstores struggle to keep afloat during the pandemic, Patterson is donating $500,000 to those imperiled by coronavirus.
“I can’t imagine anything more important right now, in terms of the book world, than helping indies survive,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
If you want to follow Patterson’s generous lead, but aren’t a massively best-selling author with $500K to spare, here are a few other ways to help independent bookstores right now.
[h/t Los Angeles Times]