James Patterson Promotes Reading With Giveaway

The author, who has teamed with Patch to spread the good word about reading, has a loyal following in Swampscott, says the town's library director.


Late last week, organizers for World Book Night 2013 announced that James Patterson would serve as one of two honorary chairs for the grand book giveaway.

Ann Patchett is the other chair of the event, planned for April 23, when half a million books will be given away, free. Thirty titles including Patterson's "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life," are being specially printed for the April event.

Patterson has been busy spreading the word about reading good books. He teamed with Patch in 2012, offering tips for encourgaing children to read and sharing his reading list selections for every age.  

We asked Swampscott Library Director Alyce Deveau about Patterson's popularity in town.

The director said he is extremely popular.  

"His popularity isn't just with adults," she said. "He has books for the teenage reader and these are very popular, as well."

The director reads Patterson's books, mainly selections from his Alex Cross series.

If the director made a reading list that only consisted of Patterson books, the Alex Cross books would be at the top of that list.


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