Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville and Downers Grove, Ill., was one of the recipients of the first round of James Patterson's bookstore grants, made last month. Owner Becky Anderson was in Springfield, Ill., to receive her 2014 Illinois Reading Council Hall of Fame Award, and she shared her gratitude with the author, bringing along written messages of appreciation from Anderson's staff members.
Patterson has announced the first 55 recipients of the grants, which will total $1 million. You can nominate a bookstore
American Book Center Named 'Best Bookshop in the World'
Congratulations to the American Book Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which has been named the best bookshop in the world by the new international lifestyle magazine Monocle in its inaugural Top 25 Retail Awards.
"Starting off as a small bargain bookstore in 1972, the philosophy of Amsterdam's American Book Center has always been to ask regular customers what they want to read and then fill the shelves accordingly," the magazine wrote. "Over the years the selection has become an eclectic assortment where literary classics sit side by side with manga and new-age poetry."
Shelf Awareness is especially proud because the American Book Center is one of our first international bookstore partners for Shelf Awareness for Readers.