Mayim Bialik is hiding signed copies of her book all over Israel
'The Big Bang Theory' actress tells us it's the 'best scavenger hunt ever!'
If you happen to be walking around Israel this week, you might stumble on something small, blue and a little surprising. For the past week, American actress and author Mayim Bialik has been hiding autographed copies of her new book "Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant" all around Israeli cities. The book by the neuroscientist and former "Blossom" star is a follow-up to her bestselling 2017 tome "Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular."
All throughout, she's been leaving clues to the book's locations on her Instagram account. Her social media followers then track down the book and snap a picture with their prize.
"My social media everything person, Natalie, had the idea to hide copies of the book," Bialik told From The Grapevine today. "I had no idea how much fun I would have doing this in Israel!"
Bialik, whose first name "Mayim" is the Hebrew word for "water," has a strong connection to Israel. She has extended family that resides in the Mediterranean country. And in 2016, for a CBS magazine, she was featured in a fashion photo spread that snapped her all around Israel.
But perhaps most important is the fact that her great-grandfather’s first cousin was Hayim Nachman Bialik, Israel’s national poet. Indeed, one of the places she hid a book was at his house, which is now a museum and known as Beit Bialik.
"I chose places I was spending a lot of time at, and I especially was thrilled to highlight some special places like Beit Bialik where I always make sure to go," she said. "My sons and I have been thrilled to watch who found the books and to see how excited they have been. Best scavenger hunt ever!"
The 42-year-old sitcom star began hiding copies at the King David Hotel and then walked across the street to the YMCA where she hid another.
After heading south to spend the weekend at the Ramon Crater and the Beresheet Hotel, Bialik traveled to Tel Aviv where she left several copies – including one behind a vegan restaurant she enjoyed. (After all, she's the author of her own vegan cookbook. Perhaps she should've left a copy of that instead.)
Then it was off to nearby Herzliya, where a copy was dropped in the parking lot near the Herzliya Medical Center.
Bialik is not the first author to leave autographed copies of their books in plain sight. Celebrity authors, who often find themselves dashing through airports on a book tour, sometimes stop by airport bookstores and secretly sign copies of their books. Comedian and author Aziz Ansari signed one copy "I was bored at JFK and signed this."
During airport delays, I now randomly sign copies of my book: pic.twitter.com/741eZfTgOL— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) July 13, 2015
Actor Nick Offerman, Ansari's castmate from "Parks and Recreation," randomly signed a copy of his memoir at a Target store.
I found Nick Offerman's autograph in his book at Target. None of the other books had it. from r/mildlyinteresting
For those not lucky enough to score a free autographed copy of Bialik's "Boying Up," non-signed copies are available wherever books are sold. Want to find out more? Here is the actress talking about her new book recently on "Good Morning America."
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