Good news, you say.
It would be, except it was my copy.
This summer I donated it to a Little Free Library, one of the free book boxes that have popped up in front yards and on trails. There are about 25,000 in the U.S. and 40 other countries. The signs say, “Take a book. Leave a book.”
When I revisited the LFL, I was pleased that someone had taken the Johnson, since I doubted that anyone knew his experimental writing. (I blogged about his very weird novel, House Mother Normal, here).
This particular Little Free Library is on a trail. Depressing to think that somebody is stealing the books and selling them. Well, readers must get some of the books.
There have been thefts at Little Free Libraries in Lincoln, Nebraska.
After the thefts in Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Press donated multiple copies of some of their books to the Little Free Libraries. They include “Pioneer Girl” by Andrea Warren, “Beaver Steals Fire” by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and “Grandpa’s Third Drawer — Unlocking Holocaust Memories” by Judy Tal Kopelman.
According to the Omaha World-Herald,
It was incredibly lucky timing,” said Rosemary Vestal, publicity manager for University of Nebraska Press. “This did not come from the libraries being emptied out. This was in the works before that. But it was really lucky that we could help out in this way.”
It is discouraging that thieves would steal from Little Free Libraries. The books are free: someone took them. I guess you have to keep trying, knowing that sometimes books will get into the right hands. But I probably won’t donate to the trail location anymore.