Independent bookstore Forest Books in Locust Valley was a recipient of a $2,500 grant by novelist James Patterson last month. Store owner Tracey Aledort had the pleasure of meeting Patterson at the BookExpo America publishing convention at the Javitts Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 28.
“He was very nice, and super generous,” Aledort says. “I told him, ‘Thank you, this is going to help me so much’ and also told him I was the one who Nelson DeMille called about. He said, “Oh, you’re the one! It could’ve gone either way’ but I think it helped, having a famous author call on my behalf.”
Forest Books hosts book signings and readings for local authors, including DeMille, who had a book signing at the store last fall.
Patterson has pledged to give $1 million to aid independent booksellers across the United States. This is the second round of funding in Patterson’s effort, in which 43 bookstores around the nation received $268,000 in aid.
Aledort says she had heard that the second round was coming and wrote to him herself, as well as having customers write to him. She was one of four independent booksellers on the panel who received grant money from Patterson.
“It was a bad winter - this couldn’t have happened at a better time,” says Aledort. The money is a welcome relief for the struggling business, and the press and recognition has been good for morale.
Aledort says the money will mainly go
toward paying bills since the harsh winter saw a drop in sales. She said that she expects to receive a “party kit” from Patterson as a promotion for his Middle School book series, so she’ll be planning a party for kids sometime this summer
Aledort bought Forest Books in 2002. The bookstore had been in Glen Cove on Forest Avenue for more than 20 years, but was going under. With the help of some generous customers, Aledort says she was able to save the store by relocating to it to Locust Valley three years ago.
She praises the loyalty of her customers; with the efforts of Bavyille Elementary students, she was nominated for a Women’s National Book Association Pannel Award and Forest Books was one of five finalists.
With Father’s Day coming up, browsing the bookstore for a gift might be a good idea; the store has gift certificates available and Aledort says some of the popular new titles out right now are Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and Unlucky 13 by James Patterson.
Booksellers interested in applying for the Patterson grant program can visit jamespatterson.com/booksellers. The only requirements are that the business must be viable and have a children’s book section.
Forest Books is at 182 Birch Hill Rd. in Locust Valley.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Village Square will feature the artistry of the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers this year as part of the annual Downtown Children’s Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, presented by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.
“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave.
The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011).