Dear Friends —

Here is an offer both wonderful and whimsical…

On the weekend of August 24 and 25, the staff of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh will be hiding several early copies of my new novel "The Signature of All Things" throughout the grounds of the gardens.

It's such a sweet idea — to put copies of this book (which celebrates 18th and 19th century botanical exploration, and which includes in its cast a Scottish botanist) — into the paths of true plant-lovers.

So if you can get yourself to the Edinburg Botanic Gardens that weekend and poke around the joint a bit (hardly an arduous task in such a gorgeous place) you might very well find one of the books! (A bit of botanical exploration in its own right, eh?)

Each book will have a bookmark sticking out of its pages which says at the top: READ ME. That's how you will know it's for you. And then you can take the novel home for free. And then you can read it. And hopefully you will enjoy it. For that is the point, after all.

Meanwhile, for those of you who don't happen to live in or near Scotland, a small hint…expect to see this playful idea repeated in botanical gardens across the world over the next months! Ha-ha! The magical elves of botany and literature are at work! Stay tuned for future clues, but for now…Edinburgh is first.


Happy hunting,

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Event details
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a world-renowned scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation.

via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall