James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947 in Newburgh, New York. Patterson published his first novel in 1996, after retiring from a successful career in advertising. The prolific author set a pace of two books per year, setting records for the most consecutive hardback titles to reach No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Having sold more novels than that of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined; James Patterson is the single most selling author of 63 hardcover titles according to The New York Times, holding the same status in The Guinness World Records. In addition to The New York Times, Patterson’s books have also appeared on the Novel Tracker’s top-ten. His literary efforts have been acknowledged by the Edgar Award, the Children’s Choice Book Award, BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year and the International Thriller of the Year Award.

A great supporter of developing reading habits in children, Patterson is the founder of James Patterson PageTurner Awards which began in 2005. The foundation has donated more than US$850,000 to various institutions, schools and individuals that create new and creative ways of bringing back the excitement of books and reading. However, these awards were halted in 2008 when Patterson launched ReadKiddoRead.com, another initiative to pursue the cause of reading by helping parents and teachers to choose the best books for their children.

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James Patterson

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