"The Federal Government has stepped in to save banks, and the automobile industry, but where are they on the important subject of books?" asks bestselling author James Patterson, who took out a full-page ad in The New York Times Book Review on April 21.
"If there are no bookstores, no libraries, no serious publishers with passionate, dedicated, idealistic editors, what will happen to our literature? Who will discover and mentor new writers? Who will publish our important books? What will happen if there are no more books like these?"