James Patterson to talk in Battle Creek

Willard Library is delighted to welcome James Patterson, the world’s best-selling author, to Battle Creek in June.

“An Evening With James Patterson” will be on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, 50 W. Van Buren St.

“We are thrilled to bring James Patterson here,” said Jade Woodridge, Willard reference librarian. “Willard has hosted some big-name authors throughout the years, but James Patterson is without a doubt the biggest.”

On June 6, his autobiography, “James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life,” will be released. The book has been called the most anticipated memoir of 2022.

“He has released a slew of books across a wide variety of genres as well as partnered with well-known writers and public figures for his nonfiction books. However, he has never written about himself. ‘James Patterson’ is the author's first autobiography and first personal work,” Woodridge said.

Since 1976, Patterson has written more than 200 novels and has had more than 114 New York Times bestselling novels and holds The New York Times record for most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers by a single author, a total of 67.

Admission to the event will be free, but tickets will be required. Tickets are now available to anyone from the downtown library, 7 W. Van Buren St.

The day of the talk, the auditorium doors will open at 6 p.m. and if tickets remain, they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The evening will focus on Patterson’s autobiography. The author will have a conversation with Michael “Mac” McCullough, Willard community engagement and local digital collection librarian.

The 45-minute chat will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Before the program, attendees may submit written questions for the author to answer.

After the program, Patterson will sign books until 9 p.m. The book signing will be limited to one book per person, and time does not allow for selfie photos.

Barnes & Noble from Lakeview Square Mall will sell Patterson’s books in the auditorium lobby.
Patterson’s autobiography explores how a boy from small-town New York became the world’s most successful writer. He once worked at a mental hospital and spent a long career in advertising, where he wrote the ad jingle “I’m a Toys ’R’ Us Kid.”

He has sold more than 375 million books worldwide. His fictional characters and series include Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, and Michael Bennett, and he also has written narrative nonfiction as “Walk in My Combat Boots.” Patterson has collaborated on books with many people including Dolly Parton and Bill Clinton.

After many years of writing adult best-sellers, Patterson turned to novels for middle schoolers hoping to foster a love of reading in young people.

He has always wanted to write the kind of novel that would be read and reread so many times that the binding breaks and the book literally falls apart. As he says, “I’m still working on that one.”