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James Patterson to receive the Literarian National Book Award

James Patterson to receive the Literarian National Book Award

James Patterson is a good literary citizen. That's why he'll be awarded the Literarian Prize at the National Book Awards, when the National Book Foundation presents its annual prizes.

In addition to writing bestselling novels by the dozen (and another dozen, and another dozen), in the past two years, Patterson has given $1 million to independent bookstores nationwide and an additional $1.75 million to school libraries.

“James Patterson’s dedication to the expansion of reading is closer to a crusade than an avocation,” National Book Foundation executive director Harold Augenbraum said in a statement. “Its fervor seems to increase with each passing...

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