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James Patterson visits Oblong Books in Millerton, NY as part of his $1 million personal donation to independent bookstores across the US.
Beyond the Flap

James Patterson: Generous Collaborator Promotes Reading

by Terri Barnes

Bestselling author James Patterson doesn’t just make millions. He also gives away millions, in scholarships for teachers, grants to independent bookstores, and programs for young readers. In this exclusive interview, he talks about the influence of his advertising career, his preference for collaborative writing, why he feels it’s important we have “really good bookstores,” and why getting kids to read is a “bit of an obsession” for him. […]

Judy Davis: Military Life Right Side Up
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Judy Davis: Military Life Right Side Up

by Terri Barnes

Army wife Judy Davis has become acquainted with various states in her mobile lifestyle, states like Colorado, Texas, and Missouri. The one she’s been in lately is particularly familiar: a state of flux. When her husband received unexpected orders for a move coinciding with the release of her first book, Right Side Up: Find Your Way When Military Life Turns You Upside Down, the chaos of relocation became an opportunity for Judy to live out the principles in her book. […]

Steven Malk: Lit Agent, Advocate, Champion
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Steven Malk: Lit Agent, Advocate, Champion

by Naomi Krueger

Children’s literary agent Steven Malk recently made headlines for snagging a 72-hour debut book deal for a new client, but this longtime book lover believes in championing authors and illustrators for the long haul. Together, they foster a love of reading and put good books into the world for kids to read. His passion for books began as a child in South Africa and teen in California, in his grandmother’s and parents’ bookstores. […]