If you’re a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, you’re eligible to go to the website for the new James Patterson PageTurner Awards, “intended to celebrate the people, companies, schools and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading,” and nominate any person or institution (including yourself or your own organization).
The total cash prize of $75,000 will be divided as follows:
1) $25,000 “to a person, company, or institution that presents books to the public in an exciting and original way”
2) $25,000 “to an elementary school, middle school, or high school that inculcates the joy of reading for pleasure in its students” (James Patterson will also visit the winning school for a day of reading, signing, and talking about books.)
3) $25,000 presented in $1,000 merit awards to individuals and institutions “who have made notable contributions to promoting the excitement of books.”
In honor of the two $25,000 winners, First Book (a national nonprofit organization) will donate 1,000 books to programs that serve disadvantaged children in cities of the winners’ choice.
Interested? Find out more at the website.