Two Vermont Independent Bookstores Get Cash from Famous Author

Two Vermont Independent Bookstores Get Cash from Famous Author

James Patterson, best known as the author of the Alex Cross series, is spreading some of his personal wealth.
BURLINGTON - James Patterson, best known as the author of the Alex Cross series, is spreading some of his personal wealth.

Phoenix Books was one of two Vermont independent bookstores that received $5,000 from Patterson. He announced in September he'd be giving away $1 million to indie bookstores all across the country, telling the New York Times he wants bookstores to still be able to compete with e-books, and he wants people to frequent these stores more.

Co-owner of Phoenix Books Mike Desanto says the store sent an application detailing how they would spend the money. They gave a few ideas for community outreach projects.

"We might even be able to generate interest in having a bookmobile go out and visit schools and libraries, community events. And offer books in that way, which is my particular favorite," Desanto said. The store received their $5,000 check Wednesday.

Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vt. also got a grant from Patterson. They plan to use the cash for programming geared toward kids, like author events.
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