“Take a book, leave a book”
Virginia Franken on the joys of the Little Free Library—especially when you’re sharing your first published book.
The Little Free Library movement began in 2009 when Todd Bol in Wisconsin had an idea to build a cute box, fill it with free books and put it in his front yard, encouraging others to take a book and leave another one for someone else to enjoy. Since then the idea has caught on all over the world. Today, there are nearly 40,000 little free libraries gracing front yards, schoolyards, country lanes and town centers all over the world. I installed my own Little Free Library in my front yard back in 2014 when I was going through an icky bout of chemo. I’d been “meaning to get around to it” forever and there’s nothing like a cancer prognosis to help you get a move on with your “meaning to get to its”!
I’ve had multiple moments of the warm and fuzzies since I installed my Little Free Library in my front yard, but the moment when I put MY OWN novel in my library, nestled in-between A State of Wonder and Eat, Pray, Love beats them all! I’ve been writing novels for years and finally got my first publishing deal early in 2016. If anybody’s looking for me, you’ll find me peeking out from behind the curtain in my front room – watching to see if someone takes it!
Virginia Franken was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She currently lives in suburban Los Angeles with two kids, a dog, an overweight goldfish, and one bearded dude, in a house that’s just a little too small to fit everyone in comfortably. She gets most of her writing done when she should be sleeping. Life After Coffee is her first novel.
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