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February 20, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
This week, novelist James Patterson started doing something many an author has secretly dreamed of doing: he's giving back to the bookstores that made it possible for him to be an author in the first place. Making good on a promise he made last fall to give $1 million to independent bookstores, Patterson announced Wednesday that he's sent out the first batch of the checks. Fifty-five bookstores across the United States will receive grants totaling $267,000. “Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country's literature,” Patterson said in a news release.
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February 20, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
This week, novelist James Patterson started doing something many an author has secretly dreamed of doing: he's giving back to the bookstores that made it possible for him to be an author in the first place. Making good on a promise he made last fall to give $1 million to independent bookstores, Patterson announced Wednesday that he's sent out the first batch of the checks. Fifty-five bookstores across the United States will receive grants totaling $267,000. “Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country's literature,” Patterson said in a news release.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
World Book Night is coming to the U.S. in 2013 with the imprimatur of James Patterson and Ann Patchett. The bestselling authors are serving as honorary chairs for the single-day book giveaway in which half a million books will be distributed for free. That day is planned for April 23, organizers announced Thursday. Included in the announcement are the titles of 30 books that will be specially printed for the giveaway, including Patterson's "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life," as well as works by Margaret Atwood, Tina Fey, Mark Twain and John Green.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
E.L. James has clearly turned paper into gold with her runaway bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey. " In its annual tallies of the rich and richer, Forbes puts together lists of the top earners of all kinds: tennis players, models, musicians, comedians and so on. The top author spot this year was dominated by E.L. James,  author of the erotic "Fifty Shades" trilogy. But James didn't stop there: She makes the Top Earning Celebrities list too, way up in the top 10. In fact, she's in a three-way tie (no snickering)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2010
James Patterson's publishing company says that he's the first author to exceed 1 million sales in electronic book delivery. The Hachette Book Group says Patterson has moved 1.14 million units of his books for devices like Kindle and the iPad. The big seller, by far, is the most recent: Patterson's novel "I, Alex Cross," which was published both electronically and in hardcover last fall. Since his first novel in 1976, Patterson's books have sold more than 205 million copies. There's no third-party monitor of e-book sales, so Hachette used its own figures and checked other prominent authors.
MAGAZINE
July 28, 1996 | J.R. Moehringer, J.R. Moehringer is a Times staff writer in Orange County
He dreams that they are driving again, all eight boys cruising along the unpaved back roads of his mind. He begs them to pull over and let him out, he should get home, but they tell him to shut up and relax, everything will be fine. Reluctant, he sits back and lets himself be chauffeured across the stark landscape of his subconscious, past low-flying clouds of blame and guilt. He lets himself be ferried through the long night, until morning comes and the alarm goes off. Time to go to school.
NEWS
March 1, 1995 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Kiss the Girls" is one of two thrillers on the current bestseller lists by authors named Patterson, and the two rival Pattersons--James and Richard--are running neck and neck in the blood-and-gore sweepstakes. It's James Patterson, author of the bestseller "Along Came a Spider," who's at work in "Kiss the Girls," which features his trademark hero, the tough but sensitive detective Alex Cross, on the trail of not one but two bloodthirsty serial killers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Middle School The Worst Years of My Life James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrations by Laura Park Little, Brown: 284 pp., $15.99, ages 12 and up Middle school is an awkward other-world — a purgatorial pit stop between childhood and teendom that's difficult to negotiate even for the most self-confident of kids, let alone an undersized boy without friends who's bullied by a shaved-headed thug nicknamed Miller the Killer....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The images of James Patterson's four friends were everywhere around him in juvenile court Friday as the Anaheim teenager was sentenced to four months in jail for the drunk-driving crash that killed them in the Victorville desert last year. The 18-year-old Patterson, an Eagle Scout and senior at Katella High School, wept during a three-hour sentencing hearing at which relatives of the victims tearfully detailed their anguish.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Alex Cross isn't the kind of guy who should need a comeback. The hero in novelist James Patterson's book series, Cross is a formidable detective, an African American family man who uses his training as a psychologist to track down society's baddest seeds. But Friday's new movie about the crime fighter, "Alex Cross," could be his hardest case yet. Not only is it a test of actor Tyler Perry's appeal beyond his own brand of comedies, but also of director Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious")
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has dethroned the writing masters (and earners) of the universe with her addictive S&M trilogy. On Sunday, Forbes released its yearly top-earning authors list , with a new name leading the pack: James. The "Twilight" fan fiction-turned-smutty trilogy has netted James, nee Erika Leonard, an estimated $95 million in earnings from June 2012 to June 2013, and this is before the inevitable film adaptation due in August of next year. There are a lot of formulas that lead to inclusion on this list -- No. 2, James Patterson ($91 million)
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has dethroned the writing masters (and earners) of the universe with her addictive S&M trilogy. On Sunday, Forbes released its yearly top-earning authors list , with a new name leading the pack: James. The "Twilight" fan fiction-turned-smutty trilogy has netted James, nee Erika Leonard, an estimated $95 million in earnings from June 2012 to June 2013, and this is before the inevitable film adaptation due in August of next year. There are a lot of formulas that lead to inclusion on this list -- No. 2, James Patterson ($91 million)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
When does an author know she's made it? Is it when her first book is published, she gets a deal with a major publisher, her book tops bestseller lists, the movie contracts are signed? All those things have happened in the last year or so to virtually unknown writer E.L. James, thanks to her erotic novels "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed. " Now Forbes has given her another measure of success, placing her at No. 42 on its Celebrity 100 list. While James isn't at the top -- Oprah is No. 1 -- she is the highest ranking author on the 2013 list.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
World Book Night is coming to the U.S. in 2013 with the imprimatur of James Patterson and Ann Patchett. The bestselling authors are serving as honorary chairs for the single-day book giveaway in which half a million books will be distributed for free. That day is planned for April 23, organizers announced Thursday. Included in the announcement are the titles of 30 books that will be specially printed for the giveaway, including Patterson's "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life," as well as works by Margaret Atwood, Tina Fey, Mark Twain and John Green.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Alex Cross isn't the kind of guy who should need a comeback. The hero in novelist James Patterson's book series, Cross is a formidable detective, an African American family man who uses his training as a psychologist to track down society's baddest seeds. But Friday's new movie about the crime fighter, "Alex Cross," could be his hardest case yet. Not only is it a test of actor Tyler Perry's appeal beyond his own brand of comedies, but also of director Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious")
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
As if intending to bring back the emotional scars of not being popular in high school, Amazon has rolled out a beta version of something called Amazon Author Rank. If you are not an Amazon bestseller, you are not going to be in the top. Go on, sit over at the loser table. There are two sides to the Amazon Author Rank . One is the public-facing one, where the 100 top-selling authors appear. The other is for authors' eyes only -- Amazon provides authors with the ability to see their own sales data in a portal called Author Central.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1995 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inside the home of George and Judi Patterson are shelves of mementos the Orange County sheriff's deputy and his wife have accumulated through the years. But none hold as much meaning--and hope--as the photos of George Patterson's brother, James Kelly Patterson, missing in action since 1967, when his A-6 Intruder was shot down over North Vietnam. To the U.S. government, Lt. Cmdr. James Patterson is "presumed killed in action, body not recovered."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Children's books were the fastest-growing segment of the industry in 2011, increasing 12%, to $2.78 billion, according to BookStats. Other surprising facts about children's literature are: 50+ million = Number of copies of "The Hunger Games" trilogy that are now in print in the United States. James Patterson: Bestselling author for children ages 8 to 16 in 2011. He has sold more than 22 million middle grade and young adult books worldwide. Number of children under school age whom Stephenie Meyer was mothering while she wrote "Twilight": three - all of them boys.
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