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Inspired by recent unrest, author James Patterson bringing 25,000 books to Baltimore

Inspired by recent unrest, author James Patterson bringing 25,000 books to Baltimore

As he watched Baltimore reel from the riots that erupted April 27, bestselling author James Patterson said he was reminded of his hometown of Newburgh NY, which he describes as a "tough little river town."

Patterson wanted to help the city's rebuild in some way, and decided to stick to what he knows: books.

Patterson, who holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author (his most popular books include the Alex Cross series) will visit Baltimore on Sept. 16, where he will donate 25,000 of his new book, "Public School Hero" to every Baltimore student in third through seventh grades.

"The kids have been...

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