Readers probably know James Patterson for onemdashor manymdashof his 130-plus books. But the National Book Foundation (presenter of the National Book Awards) wants to shine a light on another aspect of Patterson#8217s work: his activism.
On November 18, during the National Book Awards ceremony, Patterson will receive the Foundation#8217s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, which they describe as an honor for #8220a lifetime of achievement in expanding the audience for books and reading.#8221 Patterson takes the prize mdash whose previous recipients include Dave Eggers, Maya Angelou and Terry Gross mdash for donating millions of dollars for scholarships and grants, including ones to teachers colleges, school libraries and independent bookstores. He#8217s also given more than 250,000 books to U.S. children and 650,000 to the military.
Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, said it became increasingly apparent to the organization that Patterson #8220has become one of the most dedicated champions of book culture in the United States. And he has not only been willing to put his money where his mouth is, he has put his good name on the line.#8221
Patterson himself is humble about that name. #8220I donrsquot want Harold Bloom to have a coronary,#8221 he says, #8220so letrsquos be clear that this [award] has nothing to do with Alex Cross or The Womenrsquos Murder Club or Maximum Ride, this is just that Irsquom a nice little do-gooder.#8221The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
The stakes are high when it comes to getting children to read, he says, especially for at-risk kids. #8220If they donrsquot become competent readers,#8221 he says, #8220itrsquos gonna be hell for them to get through high school. And if they donrsquot get through high school, their choices really are extremely limited.#8221
What#8217s critical, says Patterson, is making sure kids are exposed to books that are actually fun. #8220If they taught movies in schools and they started with Ingmar Bergman, wersquod all go, lsquoAh, I donrsquot really like movies that much.rsquo So we need to turn kids on more.#8221
Success in this mission can have huge consequences: the education we give our kids today will determine our economy tomorrow, he argues. What#8217s more, the goal ranks high on achievability. #8220We can sit here and we can write long essays about global warming, and we can preach about it to our friends or whatever, but we canrsquot necessarily affect that that much. But in terms of books, we can actually do stuff,#8221 he says. #8220We can do things in our own house.#8221 (责任编辑：东升彩票官网平台) 本文地址：http://www.npohm21.com/zhuanxiugonglue/zonghejingyan/201908/2383.html