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.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.” They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world.
“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.
“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.
Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.