Following their pattern of promoting skilled authors, Melba's Old School Po Boys is hosting multiple book giveaways in the following weeks. You can view the full list of the eligible books HERE. They have a reputation for their literacy program, in which authors can directly schedule their own book signings at the restaurant. They are currently open for in-person dining, provided patrons follow proper social distancing guidelines and are equipped with face masks. So if any of the participating authors interest you, then this is an excellent opportunity to receive both good food and good reading.
Melba's is still open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so any time is opportune to visit. Still, the book giveaways have specific timeframes that usually last from the morning until the afternoon of the set date. With titles ranging from Harriet A. Washington's harrowing Medical Apartheid to Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House, the various giveaways and signings will appeal to a wide variety of palates, be they for food or for literature. There are also children's books in the mix, so this is a good opportunity to procure free and high-quality content for the entertainment of kids and adults alike.
Given their propensity for this type of event, it is expected that Melba's will continue to put on these events for the foreseeable future. Considering that their tagline is "America's Busiest Po-Boy Shop," their business model and methods are quite effective, even amidst a pandemic. Hopefully, this sort of event can become more prominent and easily accessible, once the crisis has fully passed and restaurants can again be safely crowded.