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James Patterson        

NY Times Best-Selling Author & Reading Champion

James Patterson, an American author, has crafted numerous well-known series such as Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch & Wizard, Private, and Middle School. His writings have reached an impressive milestone with over 425 million copies sold worldwide. Particularly noteworthy is that Patterson was the first person to sell 1 million e-books, a testament to his adaptability and reach in the digital age. In 2016, his success translated to financial achievement, as he topped Forbes's list of highest-paid authors with an income of $95 million.

Patterson's contributions to literature have not gone unrecognized. In November 2015, he received the esteemed Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation. Beyond his personal success, Patterson is known for his philanthropy, having donated millions of dollars in grants and scholarships towards promoting literacy. This commitment to the literary world extends beyond his own writing, demonstrating a broader dedication to the field as a whole.

Since retiring from advertising in 1996, Patterson has devoted his time to writing, producing more than 200 novels since 1976. His novels featuring the character Alex Cross stand as the top-selling U.S. detective series of the 2010s. This prolific output has resulted in more than 114 New York Times bestselling novels. Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers by a single author, with a staggering 67 to his name.

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A Conversation with James Patterson


?James Patterson's reading revolution - CBS News
Before "Zoo" was a TV series here on CBS, it was a novel from the prolific pen -- actually, make that PENCIL -- of author James Patterson. Here with the fine print  ...
James Patterson Has a Big Plan for Small Books - The New York ...
James Patterson is starting a new line of short novels that can be read in a single ... People already read James Patterson's books — and in staggering numbers.
James Patterson Announces More School Library Grants - Look to ...
Three months ago, James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club pledged to donate $1.5 million to school libraries across the country. They have already ...
Bestselling Mystery Novelist James Patterson Creates Zoo for CBS ...
James Patterson's empire is a vast one, and the movies and TV shows based on his work are myriad. With the dual CBS series, the Alex Cross project and, ...
James Patterson: Quit knocking reading, Justin Bieber! - Salon.com
The megabestselling author talks to Salon about his pledge to aid indie bookstores, and the celeb who's not helping.

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