After I reviewed Laura Harrington’s gorgeous debut novel, Alice Bliss, she invited me to participate in the Where’s Alice Bliss? campaign, in conjunction with BookCrossing.com, to release copies of the book into the wild and see how far it travels. It’s like a message in a bottle, except there are a lot more pages and the book probably wouldn’t fit in a bottle. Then again, they can fit those ship models inside bottles so I don’t know.

Anyway, today I released my extra copy, which Laura generously provided, at a bus stop outside NBC Studios in Burbank (you can see the peacock logo in the background). I couldn’t pull away, though, because it looked so lonely. So I waited in my car to see who would pick it up. Within a few minutes, a tired-looking woman came along and sat on a bench right outside the bus stop shelter. She can’t see there’s a gift waiting for her just inside!

I figured I’d help things along a little so I jumped out, grabbed the book, and walked up to her.

“Excuse me,” I said. “Do you like to read?”

She took her time looking me up and down and then at the book before responding. “Sometimes.”

“Great! How would you like a free book?”

Another long pause, then, “Okaaayy.”

She was still giving me squinty, suspicion-filled eyes, clutching her pocketbook more tightly to her chest, but I ignored it and launched into my speech about how much I loved the book and wanted to pass it on, blahdy blahdy blow. When she became certain that I wasn’t selling Amway or trying to mug her, she suddenly smiled. “My boyfriend and I are writers. We’ll read it.” Then she tucked it into her bag like a treasure and promised she’d keep it going.

If you’d like to participate in this campaign, find out more at Laura’s website and see where other copies have been by going here. I sure am envious of all the places it’s visited so far.

Have you ever used Book Crossing to release a book into the world? Or found one somewhere that was sent out by another?



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    jenn aka the picky girl
    August 18, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I love this idea so much. And you are one brave chica, going up to that woman like that. For the record, I would certainly have thought you were selling Amway or trying to get me to become a Scientologist. A book? Really? No way! Needless to say, she was probably very relieved. 🙂

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      August 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

      If I WAS selling Amway, I would not have had the guts to approach a stranger in the street. I would make a terrible salesperson of anything. But I didn’t even think twice about approaching this woman because I was giving her something and who doesn’t like free books? OK, maybe the people who liked that dumb Facebook page I don’t even want to name, but I figured most would accept a free, brand new, hardcover book.

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    Brett Battles
    August 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

    You are certifiable but I guess we already knew that. Nicely done.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      August 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

      How does it make me certifiable? I wasn’t hiding behind bushes and then jumped out at her.

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    August 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    My 12 year old self found a dog-eared copy of M.A.S.H. by Richard Hooker, while I was serving detention in a dusty back room of my school. It was the first free book I ever found. To be honest, my hormones were probably drawn to the cover. (if you remember the legs and peace sign cover, quite racy for me back then) I’m glad I read it. I took it to college with me and it was on my shelf for a while, then someone “found it” and I never saw it again.

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    Shell Sherree
    August 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    What a wonderful concept! I hope she loves the book ~ either way, it’s a great notion. Have a beautiful weekend, PCN.

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    August 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I LOVE this… I loved this book so much. had no idea releases were happening but what an ultra cool thing. This book is sure to touch countless people!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      August 26, 2011 at 1:16 am

      Hi Misty, thanks for stopping by! Will you be doing a book release now, too?

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