James Patterson donates to PEN America, Howard University
NEW YORK — (AP) — Howard University, PEN America and Scholastic Book Clubs are among the latest recipients of donations from James Patterson, the bestselling author who has given over $100 million to literary and literacy programs. On Tuesday, Patterson announced $5.3 million in cash awards. Over the years, Patterson has also given millions of dollars to teachers, school libraries and independent bookstores. “I was brought up to give back — so my mother and grandmother should get the praise here,” Patterson said in a statement. I advocate for literacy and schools, fund teacher scholarships, and support other writers, booksellers, and librarians in any way that I can.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Alabama judge who used mock Asian accent in courtroom suspended and charged
A judge for the Mobile County Circuit Court in Alabama was suspended and charged with inappropriate demeanor and temperament based on multiple allegations, including a racially charged comment to a potential Asian American juror. The Judicial Inquiry Commission, the state agency that investigates complaints against judges, accused Judge James Patterson of violating judicial ethics with his inappropriate remarks and repeated profanity in court. The allegations refer to his remarks about Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.news.yahoo.com
James Patterson sorry for saying white writers face racism
NEW YORK — (AP) — James Patterson is apologizing for saying that white male writers are being subjected to “just another of form of racism,” comments the best-selling author had made during an interview with The Sunday Times in London. Facing widespread criticism on social media, Patterson tweeted this week that “I absolutely do not believe that racism is practiced against white writers. It’s even harder for older writers.”The 75-year-old Patterson himself has thrived like few others, publishing multiple bestsellers each year, including novels and children's books. He is ranked with J.K. Rowling and a handful of others as among the world's richest writers. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Dolly Parton, James Patterson — in words and music
Parton and Patterson Author James Patterson appears at an event to promote his novel in New York on June 5, 2018, left, and Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The pair completed a project with words and music, “Run, Rose, Run,” an Amazon.com bestseller even before publication, and the work of fiction to arrive with an accompanying soundtrack. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)LA VERGNE, Tennessee — (AP) — Sometimes even Dolly Parton has a hard time keeping up with the legend of Dolly Parton. As Patterson and Parton both recall, Patterson contacted Parton's team and the two soon spoke in Nashville. “Run, Rose, Run” is a close look at the Nashville music scene, through the eyes of women.wftv.com
Dolly Parton wants a part in the movie version of her new book co-written with James Patterson
Preview: In a "CBS Sunday Morning" interview airing March 6, the country superstar talks about her new novel, "Run, Rose, Run," co-authored with Patterson, about the darker side of the music industry.cbsnews.com
Dolly Parton to host Academy of Country Music Awards
Music-Rock Hall-Nominees FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is among this year’s first time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File) (Wade Payne)Country music icon Dolly Parton will be hosting this year's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, bringing her star power to the show's new streaming home on Prime Video. Parton, along with soon to be announced co-hosts, will emcee the new format for the awards show, which will be live streamed March 7 without commercials from Allegiant Stadium. "Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun,” Parton said in a press release on Thursday. Parton is a 13-time ACM Award winner, including for the coveted entertainer of the year prize.wftv.com
Patterson, Scholastic team up on new literacy initiative
Patterson donated $1.5 million to Scholastic Book Clubs to launch “The United States of Readers," a classroom program designed to address literacy inequity. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) (Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — (AP) — With a donation of $1.5 million from author James Patterson, Scholastic Book Clubs has launched “The United States of Readers," a classroom program designed to address literacy inequity. Scholastic announced Monday that United States of Readers will help bring books to 32,000 kids nationwide, grades K-8, from low-income families. The United States of Readers does just that.”Patterson, one of the world's bestselling novelists, has already donated more than $10 million to teachers and students through Scholastic. Through my partnership with Scholastic these past seven years, we’ve made some great strides to do that.wftv.com
Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny co-writing mystery novel
This combination photo shows former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the premiere of the Hulu documentary "Hillary" in New York on March 4, 2020, left, and a portrait of author Louise Penny. Clinton is teaming up with Penny on the novel State of Terror, out Oct. 12, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, left, and Jean-Francois Brub via AP)NEW YORK – One of the world's better known fans of mystery novels, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is now writing one. “Writing a thriller with Louise is a dream come true," Clinton, who has expressed admiration for Penny and other mystery writers in the past, said in a statement Tuesday. Hillary Clinton, secretary of state during Barack Obama's first term, has written a handful of nonfiction works.
William McRaven adapts bestseller 'Make Your Bed' for kids
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents in Austin, Texas. McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is continuing his career as an author. McRaven is adapting his best-selling Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... And Maybe the World for younger audiences. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced Monday that McRaven's Make Your Bed With Skipper the Seal will come out Oct. 12. William McRaven is adapting his best-selling “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... And Maybe the World” for younger audiences.
Ride-hailing, delivery giants win fight against labor law
Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Instacart and others sought to get out of those requirements, and after failing in court, succeeded in convincing voters to give them an exemption from most of the year-old law’s provisions. A record $200 million spending spree by the companies and their supporters helped them win the vote. The investment yielded a huge return for Uber and Lyft, whose combined market value climbed by $10 billion on Wednesday. Uber told its drivers the company would let drivers know how to enroll in benefits in the next few weeks. “It’s not really fair that Uber, Lyft etc.
James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers
NEW YORK – Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The grant program is administered by Patterson and by Scholastic Book Clubs, which will provide teachers 500 club points to go with the $500 from Patterson. Out of more than 100,000 applicants, 5,000 teachers will receive grants and club points. Tuesday's announcement marks the sixth installment in the Patterson Partnership for building home and school libraries. Patterson, one of the world's best-selling novelists, has given more than $11 million to teachers, along with millions he has given to bookstores, libraries and literacy organizations.
Clinton and Patterson again team up for political thriller
Clinton and Patterson are teaming up again with The President's Daughter," to be released in June 2021, the book's publishers announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. The plot for The President's Daughter would seem uncomfortable for Clinton, who has a daughter, Chelsea. This novel is completely and fully fiction, says Washington, D.C. attorney Robert Barnett, who handles book deals for Clinton and Patterson. Clinton and Patterson were represented by Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly.