Author James Patterson, whose name I’ve seen on book covers a million times though confess I’ve never opened one up, has awarded Wellesley Books at $1,500 grant as part of a $1 million giveaway to support independent bookstores. The American author best known for his Alex Cross novels has announced 55 grants so far, including a handful for stores in Massachusetts.
According to a Boston Herald story on the grants, Wellesley Books will use the money to support its visiting author events that require bigger venues than the bookstore itself. It also plans to buy an iPad to use for purchasing transactions, according to the story.
Manager Jeremy Solomons is quoted: “It’s very helpful,” he said. “The margins aren’t huge, so we have to keep … working on getting people coming into the store. Independent bookstores use events and book clubs to try to make themselves more and more a part of the community. The ones that have done that well, have survived the best.”