Convention Day 3

The last day of the convention began at King George Square again. There was a market in the square where, while waiting to meet up with the other bookcrossers, I released They’re a Weird Mob by John O’Grady and found a face-painter to give me another ballycumber on my hand (it would have been more impressive on my cheek, but I remembered from previous face-painting experiences how much I hate the feel of drying paint on my face so opted for a hand instead):
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Once we’d all gathered, we took some group photos (I’m not even going to attempt to name everyone!), and then headed off down Albert Street, where there is a literary trail of plaques along each side of the street, each commemorating an author with a connection to Brisbane or Queensland. We followed the trail along down one side of the street and back up again, releasing books on each plaque as we went. To my disappointment, I didn’t have any books by any of the authors on the trail, but I did have a few books by other Australian authors, so I released those on some of the plaques:

Val Vallis
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Lily Makes a Living by Lolo Houbein
Sam Watson
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Gwen Harwood
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Tony Maniaty
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Thea Astley
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Ross Clark
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Michael Noonan
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David Malouf
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Kevin Hart
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The Search for Harry Allway by Alex Buzo
(My 1000th release!)
Jill Shearer
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Venero Armanno
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Parachute Silk by Gina Mercer
Nigel Krauth
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Brian Penton
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Criena Rohan
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Jack Lindsay
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Playing in the Sand by Christopher Hudson
Steven Herrick
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Thomas Shapcott
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David Rowbotham
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Francis Adams
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Andrew McGahan
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Paul Grano
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Janet Turner-Hospital
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Clement Byrne Christensen
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Brown Sugar by Nancy Cato
Gerard Lee
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Jessica Anderson
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Hugh Lunn
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Rodney Hall
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The Keeper of the Nest by Moira Watson
Philip Neilsen
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Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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The Scent of Eucalyptus by Barbara Hanrahan
Gary Crew
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Vance Palmer
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Steele Rudd
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Once again, our books were attracting attention, and were being picked up almost as fast as we put them down.
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Just as in Sydney, there were other signs that Bookcrossers had invaded the city:
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The convention was fast drawing to a close, and there was only one more event remaining – lunch at a yum cha restaurant, where we were plied with food, more books were exchanged, and we bid a sad farewell to most of the convention attendees. And I realised that for the first time at a Bookcrossing convention, I hadn’t had a chance to talk to every attendee – there were just too many people there. It’s amazing how fast Bookcrossing has grown in just the few years it’s been around.

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