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On the Books: James Patterson donates $212,000 to British bookstores

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James Patterson may be the top-earning author in the business, but he certainly isn’t greedy. Earlier this month, the author announced he was giving 180,000 hardcover copies of his books to members of the U.S. military. Now, he’s making a difference in the U.K., where he’s donated the equivalent of about $212,000 to 73 British independent bookstores.

The donations follow Patterson’s June announcement that he’d donate a quarter-million pounds worth of grants (that’s about $408,000) to U.K. bookstores with children’s sections.

“To my mind, this translates to a risk of living in a world run by the short-sighted, the self-centred and the glib. It is as grave a peril as I can imagine,” Patterson said. “No way around it—we’ve got to get kids reading.”

Bookshops will use Patterson’s funds for everything from weekly reading events to children’s book festivals to mobile book trucks. The author plans to announce more grant recipients next year. [The Telegraph]

The Maze Runner ruled the box office last weekend, and book sales reacted accordingly. The first novel in James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic series now ranks third on USA Today‘s bestsellers list. Other books in the series enjoyed a bump, with The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure charting No. 12 and No. 35, respectively. Dashner also has a prequel, The Fever Code, in the works for a 2016 release. [USA Today/L.A. Times]

Since his death in 1974, singer-songwriter Nick Drake’s career has faded into a shroud of obscurity and enigma. That could change later this year when Little, Brown releases Remembered For a While, the first authorized biography of the late legend. Set for a Dec. 9 publication to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Drake’s death, Remembered For a While will use the musician’s song “Fruit Tree” as a lens for his life’s work. [Publishers Weekly]

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