As Sam Weller's opens its new location, it launches an intriguing new promotion: leaving free books lying around Salt Lake City.
We at City Weekly found a pair of curiously jacketed books outside our office door Monday morning, bearing the titles I Know a Good Book I Can Set You Up With and Does This Book Make My Brain Look Big? The jackets were actually covering a pair of actual books: What We Eat When We Eat Alone: Stories and 100 Recipes by Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin, and H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute for Villainous Education by Mark Walden. What was this all about?
The Weller Book Works Website answers the question: Operation Book Drop is a coordinated dispersal of 878 books at locations around the city, which invites readers to try something new, then leave it somewhere for someone else to pick up. The aforementioned titles and five others -- including the Sara Gruen's bestseller Water for Elephants and Annie Barrows' kid-lit book Ivy & Bean -- were donated by the publishers, allowing for a literary leafleting of SLC. So if you spot one, do your part by taking a look and passing it on. It's like the most public of public libraries.
Weller Book Works in Trolley Square offers its Grand Opening Celebration this Friday, Jan. 13.