James Patterson isn’t alone in his campaign to save the independent bookstores.
A couple of weeks ago, Mystery Scene wrote that #SaveIndieBookstores began on April 2 with a $500,000 donation from Patterson.
Supported by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the campaign ends on April 30.
All the money raised will be given to independent bookstores, who are encouraged to apply for a grant.
For more information, visit #SaveIndieBookstores.
Now Rick and Becky Riordan have joined the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign. The Riordans have started a personal matching gift challenge. The couple will match each dollar raised, up to $100,000.
Riordan is the author of more than 20 novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo.
He also wrote the well-received private detective series about Tres Navarre, who was a third generation Texan with a Ph.D. from Berkeley in Medieval Studies and English who worked as an unlicensed private investigator. He also was a tai chi master.
Riordan’s first published novel—and Tres Navarre’s debut—was Big Red Tequila (Bantam, 1997). In this novel, Tres returns home to San Antonio to investigate the unsolved murder of his father, Bexar County Sheriff Jackson Navarre. Big Red Tequila won the Anthony Award for best original paperback and the Shamus Award for best First Private Investigator novel in 1997.
"Like most successful authors, I would not be where I am today without the support of independent booksellers. Their dedication, professionalism, commitment, and passion for books are as important for nurturing writers and supporting readers today as when I started publishing 25 years ago. Becky and I are eternally grateful to our indie bookseller friends. We're proud to help support them through this unprecedented challenging time," Riordan commented in a press release.
A couple of weeks ago, Mystery Scene reported that Laurie King was offering a character name in her next Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes novels to raise funds for Second Harvest.
Second Harvest is a California organization that serves hundreds of families. During the pandemic, Second Harvest is stepping up its projects by holding drive-by food banks.
King’s fundraiser ran for several weeks and closed out on April 15.
And it was a success.
According to Second Harvest, in addition to the winning bid in the name-a-character auction, quite a few people donated sums outright, "which was lovely of them," added King.
The fund-raiser netted a total of $6,000, which will go toward helping Second Harvest continue its mission.
According to Second Harvest, that $6,000 will pays for 24,000 healthy, balanced meals on the Central Coast.
"And yes, anyone who wants to continue to donate would be supporting a literally life-saving cause," added King.
According to its website, Second Harvest distributed close to 8 million pounds of food in 2018-19 through over 200 partner agencies and program sites across Santa Cruz County. Of that, 60 percent were fresh fruits and vegetables–that comes out to more than 5,000,000 pounds of produce.
For more information on Second Harvest, visit the site.
King rarely offers a character name for auction.
The last time, she believes, was The Language of Bees, which came out in 2009. For more information about King’s fund-raiser, visit my previous blog
“It can be really tricky to fit them into historical novels,” King said previously.
The character name will appear in King’s novel scheduled for the summer of 2021. This book will take place immediately after Riviera Gold, which comes out in June 2020.
The next novel will be set in the summer of 1925, and the setting will be Transylvania. That setting along conjures many ideas.
The winner asks that he be just referred to as Alan B—and those wanting to now his full identity will have to wait until the book comes out next year..
In this stressful time, we love to hear stories about people helping others. If any other authors are having fund-raisers, let us know.