Hub City Bookshop gets $6,000 James Patterson grant
Bestselling author James Patterson has given a $6,000 grant to the Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg as part of his pledge to give $1 million to support independent bookstores.
“This is an exciting day at Hub City,” said Anne Waters, manager of the downtown bookshop, which opened in June 2010. “What a Christmas present! We are so honored to be among the Patterson grant recipients.”
Patterson, who has sold more than 300 million books in his career, announced Monday that he will give grants to 81 more booksellers around the country in the third and final round of his campaign to keep independent stores prosperous.
To receive the funds, Hub City had to submit a proposal on how it would spend the money. Hub City plans to spend some of its funds on sprucing up its children’s section with new furniture and rugs. The grant also will underwrite a children’s activity tent at the upcoming Hub City Writers Project anniversary street festival on May 9, 2015, when the organization will celebrate its 20th birthday with three days of activities.
Other funds will underwrite the donation of children’s books for summer reading for Spartanburg School District 7 elementary students as part of the fifth year of Hub City’s “Great Kids Deserve Great Books” annual effort.
Mr. Patterson is especially interested in getting books in the hands of children, and so are we,” Waters said.
A total of 178 independent stores have received or will receive checks in 2014. In 2015, Patterson, a resident of Palm Beach, Fla., will continue to support independent bookstores in innovative ways and will champion a new initiative centered on getting our kids reading and supporting school libraries.
“Here’s to a joyful holiday season for booksellers everywhere,” said Patterson in a statement from his publicist. “Yes, joyful! Here’s to more parents and grandparents coming to their senses and giving their kids’ books—yes, books—for Christmas and other holidays. Here’s to local governments waking up to the fact that bookstores and libraries are essential to our way of life. Here’s to media coverage of books, booksellers, and publishers, and to a wiser, more literate America. Happy holidays to one and all!”
The Hub City Bookshop is a program of the not-for-profit Hub City Writers Project, which cultivates readers and nourishes writers through its independent press, community bookshop and diverse literary programming.