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Monday 26 September 2016

Passion for crime behind city bookshop's grant from bestseller James Patterson

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A BLACKROCK bookshop has been selected for a grant from bestselling author James Patterson.

Raven Books in the south Dublin village is one of 68 shops who have succeeded in the second round of the grants that the author announced last summer.

Last June Patterson, who has sold more than 280 million books worldwide, pledged to donate €340,000 to Irish and British bookshops who could come up with innovative ways to encourage children to read.

Raven Books, owned and run by Louisa Cameron, now plans to expand their junior book clubs with the grant.

At the moment she runs two clubs for children aged between nine and 12.

Now, thanks to the bestselling author, she plans to hire a second facilitator to oversee more junior book clubs.

The whole community will benefit from the grant according to Ms Cameron.

"I have witnessed the growth of the kids we already have and it makes me very excited for the future," she told the Herald.

TEACHING

"Teaching kids to read opens up the world for them but teaching them to love to read opens up a million universes.

"That's why I'm so thrilled and delighted with this grant," she said.

Ms Cameron has lived in the village for more than 20 years and her business has become an integral part of the community.

"I never take the business for granted," she explained.

The independent book shop is approaching its seventh birthday over the May bank holiday.

"We have a wonderful core of regulars," the bookseller said.

"It really has to be a vocation to run a small bookshop and I love what I do."

The Village Bookshop in Terenure was also selected for a share of the funds.

Meanwhile, the thriller writer has also just announced that he will match his original donation with a new round of grants.

Any independent Irish bookshop with a dedicated children's section can apply for a grant. Amounts range from €340 to €6,900.

US author Patterson (left) is one of the biggest earners in literature and made an estimated income of $90m (€84m) last year alone.

The author, known for his Michael Bennett crime series, has also produced illustrated novels for young adults and has dedicated a number of grants aimed at encouraging children to read.

Earlier this month Patterson announced a plan to make grants of $1,000 (€934) to $10,000 (€9,345) to US schools to repair or improve their libraries in any way to get children reading.

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