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Angel Author Awards Cash Grant to Bank Street Bookstore

When Bank Street Bookstore learned it had won a grant from author James Patterson, it felt like winning the lottery -- but it was better because it was an earned honor, not a random selection. Store manager Andy Laties, pictured below with some of James Patterson's novels for kids and a New York Times clipping announcing the news, was notified by Hachette, Patterson's publisher, this week.

Patterson promised $1 million of his own fortune to independent book stores, allowing them remain true to the mission of supporting literacy and literature in communities across the country. While many book stores struggle against competition from online sales and e-books, Patterson knows the importance of neighborhood booksellers -- and so do Bank Street Bookstore loyalists.

With the grant, Andy says he will be able to post and stream online videos of in-store events, a service much valued by customers who enjoy watching puppet shows and story times for young children, whether live or online.

Thank you to James Patterson, a generous writer who is truly a gentleman and a scholar!




Why February Matters

February is recognized in this country as an opportunity to identify and promote the countless accomplishments of Americans of African descent. Although no single month can possibly contain such an important past and present, Bank Street Bookstore is proud to highlight outstanding books that tell the stories of America through the study of black history. Karina holds one of her favorite titles this season, "Finding Lincoln" by Anna Malaspina. She also cites "Brave Girl" by Michelle Markel as worthy of attention for the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award it received from the Bank Street College Children's Book Committee this month.