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Debut author will give grants to six independent bookstores

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(Read caption) The Book Cellar, is an independent bookstore in Chicago's Lincoln Square.

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Even those who haven't yet published a book can make donations to independent bookstores.

Jeffrey Stayton hasn’t even released his first work yet – his debut book will be out this February – but he recently sponsored a competition to select six independent bookstores to receive $250 grants, according to industry newsletter Shelf Awareness. The competition was titled Cheer for the Bookstores.

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One of the stores, Memphis’s Burke’s Book Store, is Stayton’s former workplace.

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The six stores have various plans for the money. They include a new children’s “reading nook” that Carrollton, Ga.’s Horton’s Books & Gifts wants to make and employee holiday presents or bonuses at New York City’s Books of Wonder. “They work so hard, do such a great job, and make the kids and parents who show at our store so happy,” the store's plan reads.

Bestselling author James Patterson recently wrapped up his plan to give $1 million to indie stores, with 81 stores recently receiving his funds. The requirements for Patterson’s donations were that stores be “viable” and have a children’s section. 


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