We decided to change the meetup schedule for this month (partly because of my ESOL classes on Tuesday nights, and partly just as an experiment to see if we’d get any newbies along), and meet on a Monday night instead of Tuesday. Unfortunately, I forgot to advertise it on Yahoo until yesterday, so the experiment part was a bit of a failure, but Alithia did show up, along with lytteltonwitch, awhina, meerkitten, and awhina’s soon to be stepdaughter (who doesn’t have her own screen name yet).
Most of the talk, of course, revolved around the convention, with excited swapping of travel plans. We’d all packed most of our books already, so didn’t have many to bring to the meetup, but there were enough books on the table for the waiter to notice and comment that he had a couple of Bookcrossing books at home (we made him promise to go home and journal them!). I gave Legends edited by Robert Silverberg to Alithia, and left Frangipani by Célestine Hitiura Vaite on the table when we left.
When I got home, MrPloppy gave me some books that had been dropped off by a friend of Cathytay‘s: The Cat Who Saw Stars and The Cat Who Brought Down the House by Lilian Jackson Braun, Golden Deeds by Catherine Chidgey, and River Thieves by Michael Crummey. Cathytay is in Canada, so won’t be able to make it to the convention, so I’d offered to take the books up to Wellington for her. She’d chosen River Thieves because it’s by a Canadian author, and she’ll be releasing a few New Zealand books in Canada this weekend in honour of the convention, so thought it would be nice to have a Canadian book released in New Zealand at the same time. It looks really interesting, though, so I’m wondering if I’ll have time to quickly read it before Friday. (What was that about me running out of time to get everything done?)
Of course, the big worry now is that I’ve got no room left in my bags for four more books! I’d completely forgotten she’d said she’d get the books dropped off to me, or I would have left space for them. Oh well, so I’ll have to add another bag to my hand luggage…