A complete list of recipients is available at BookWeb.org/bonus.
Patterson personally selected the winners from booksellers who were nominated by store owners, managers, fellow booksellers, publishing professionals and shoppers. Bookselling This Week reported that "nominated booksellers were praised for their contagious enthusiasm, knowledge across all genres, innovation, and, most importantly, dedication to books and reading."
"I loved hearing about the passion these grant recipients have for the work they're doing--each is committed to handselling and carefully curating book recommendations for each person that walks through their doors," said Patterson. "The attention these employees give to their customers is intrinsic to keeping them interested in reading. Booksellers can really make a difference in people's lives, and I'm glad to be able to acknowledge their contributions in some way."
ABA CEO Oren Teicher commented: "With his 2016 bonus program, James Patterson has again demonstrated his unwavering support for literacy and the independent booksellers who are dedicated to spreading the joy of reading. We are immensely grateful for his generosity, which provides extra financial support for 149 deserving booksellers during this holiday season."