• The Hub

    News, Notes, Talk

    WATCH: Why James Patterson no longer introduces himself to people reading his books.

    Jonny Diamond

    June 8, 2022, 11:52am

    James Patterson seems like a lovely, charming guy. And based on this very watchable interview with Seth Meyers, he’s got a nice collection of self-deprecating anecdotes (befitting one of the highest paid writers of all time). Despite his renown, though, he no longer introduces himself to people reading his books. Why? The last time he did, poolside, the man reading his book very succinctly described it as “shit.” (Look, it doesn’t matter how rich you are as a writer, that is going to hurt.) Also, can you guess which very dead powerhouse thriller writer he was recently confused for? Watch below to find out.

    Article continues below

  • Become a Lit Hub Supporting Member: Because Books Matter

    For the past decade, Literary Hub has brought you the best of the book world for free—no paywall. But our future relies on you. In return for a donation, you’ll get an ad-free reading experience, exclusive editors’ picks, book giveaways, and our coveted Joan Didion Lit Hub tote bag. Most importantly, you’ll keep independent book coverage alive and thriving on the internet.