James Patterson
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James Patterson Entertainment


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James Patterson was born and raised in New York and attended Manhattan College before going off to Vanderbilt to attain his Masters degree in English. He dropped out of his program after a year to work in advertising before turning his attention to writing on a full-time basis.

Patterson writes thrillers, romance works, and children’s titles; he also has non-fiction works, including a look at the death of King Tut. His hugely successful “Alex Cross” series has become his signature literary franchise; among his other enduring series are Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Rise, Daniel X, Michael Bennett, and Witch & Wizard.

Patterson’s worldwide sales top 300 million copies. He has had 114 New York Times bestselling titles, and his novels account for one in 17 of all hardcover book sales in the U.S. — outselling contemporaries Stephen King, Dan Brown, and John Grisham. His earnings from the past decade approach $700 million, and he has donated millions of dollars in scholarships and grants in an effort to promote reading across all ages and backgrounds.

Patterson received the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation in 2015.


  • Never Never
  • Cross the Line
  • Word of Mouse


  • Manhattan College (NY, USA)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN, USA)

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Showtime Acquires Rights to Bill Clinton, James Patterson Novel 'President Is Missing'

Showtime Acquires Rights to Bill Clinton, James Patterson Novel 'President Is Missing'

The television rights to the upcoming Bill Clinton-James Patterson novel "The President Is Missing" have been acquired by Showtime with plans to adapt it into a series, the network announced Friday.Set to be published in 2018, the book tells the story of a sitting U.S. president’s disappearance, with the level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know. Clinton and Patterson's collaboration on the novel marks the first time an American President has ever co-authored a...


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