NEW YORK — James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees.


The best-selling author announced Tuesday that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on the web site of the American Booksellers Association. Patterson has given more than $1 million to individual book sellers over the past five years and has donated millions to libraries and literacy programs.


In a statement Tuesday, Patterson said book sellers have used the money for everything from fixing a car to paying a dental bill. He said he was happy to make “a small difference” in the lives of people who had helped so many in their communities.


Congratulations are in order for:

Shannon Brewer, BookPeople, (Austin)
Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books (Houston)
Thu Doan, Brazos Bookstore (Houston)
Fernando A. Flores, Malvern Books (Austin)
Chelsea Green, MyBookBox (Murphy)
Stefani Kelley, The Book Nook (Brenham)
John Kwiatkowski, Murder By the Book (Houston)
Susan Post, BookWoman (Austin)


For the entire list of bookseller awards, please visit: