Author of the Month

October 2020 – James Patterson

About the Author

Born James Brendan Patterson on March 22, 1947. He published his first novel in 1976 called The Thomas Berryman Number. The novels featuring his character Alex Cross, which has become one of his well-known character Patterson worked in advertising before leaving in 1996 to focus solely on writing. In 1997 Patterson married Sue Solie; the two had a son, Jack, the following year.

1976 – His first book was published.

1977 – He received the  Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.

1993 – He achieved breakout success with Along Came a Spider. His book was adapted into a 2001 film of the same name, which featured Morgan Freeman as the character Alex Cross.

2005 – Patterson founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, to donate over $100,000 that year to people, companies, schools, and other institutions that find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading.

September 2009 to end of 2012 – Patterson signed a deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and 6 for young adults

2010 – Patterson earned a place in the Guinness World Records as the first author to sell more than 1 million e-books, and his ever-growing number of New York Times best sellers

2015 – Patterson established the James Patterson Pledge with Scholastic Book Clubs to put books in the hands of young readers.

Patterson was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

That year, he also donated $1.75 million to public school libraries and $1 million to independent bookstores throughout the U.S.

January 2016 – By then Patterson had sold more than 350 million books worldwide.

May 2017 – It was announced that Patterson would also co-author a crime fiction book with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

2019 – President Donald Trump awarded Patterson the National Humanities Medal.

List of Patterson’s awards:
National Book Foundation’s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community
National Parenting Publications Honors Awards
International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choices Booklist
American Library Association “Teens Top Ten” Pick
London Times Book Sense Children’s Pick
2011 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, Nominee
Children’s Choice Book Awards
Author of the Year 2010 for Max
Nominee, 2011 Teen Choice Book of the Year (Fang) and 2012 Author of the Year (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life)

His novels range varying genres, such as romance novels, science fiction, historical fiction and even nonfiction. I know him best as a suspense and thriller author. He has also he has authored books for younger readers.

Since his first novel was published, Patterson has had 114 New York Times bestselling novels and holds The New York Times record for most #1 New York Times bestsellers by a single author. This amounts to a total of 67 novels, which is also a Guinness World Record.

Patterson has often been criticized for co-authoring many books. He works with a variety of co-authors, such as Candice Fox, Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, Mark Sullivan, Ashwin Sanghi, Michael Ledwidge, and Peter de Jonge.

Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove to everyone, from children to adults, that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. (2020, September 30). Retrieved from

Reference List

James Patterson., Date accessed, 28 Sep 2020. Editors. The website, A&E Television Networks. Access Date, September 28, 2020.

ABOUT JAMES, website, Access Date, September 29, 2020

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