Another busy day showing our visiting bookcrossers around Christchurch. Way too early this morning discoverylover and I walked over to Trattorie, where we met lytteltonwitch and Sherlockfan, and shortly after were joined by awhina and family, rarsberry and VivaRichie, and TheLetterB (looking very bumpy) and her mother. The table was positively groaning with books (even though I hadn’t managed to contribute any – I wasn’t organised enough this morning to locate the ones I was meaning to take along), and I ended up coming home with Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence, The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory, and Wicked and Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire.
After a lengthy brunch and much chat, lytteltonwitch, Sherlockfan, discoverylover and I headed into town, to the Arts Centre. We were all wearing our bookcrossing t-shirts, of course, and it paid off. First we were asked about them by a woman who told us she was planning on returning home to Samoa next year and wanted to set up a school library at her local school. We all exchanged glances, and immediately offered to collect books for her as a special project at the 2009 convention. She was thrilled, and is going to come along to the meetup on Tuesday night to discuss it further. I gave her A Suitable Job for a Woman by Val McDermid.
We wandered round a bit more, until our t-shirts (or rather, Sherlockfan’s earrings) caught the eye of another stallholder, who turned out to be a bookcrosser, nutmeg40. We chatted with her for a while, and gave her a book of course, plus I gave one (Mood Indigo by Mandy Sayer) to the woman at the neighbouring stall who got drawn into the conversation.
We released a few more books around the Arts Centre (Wings 2 by Charles Anthony) and then retired for a late lunch and to rest our feet at Le Cafe (Pamela by Samuel Richardson). After lunch, we went for a stroll around the gardens, where I managed an inadvertent themed release in the rose garden, where I left Neither Five Nor Three by Helen MacInnes on the sundial, the gnomen of which had broken off, so it was showing neither five nor three 🙂
Then we went for a quick look around the museum (Bandersnatch by Desmond Lowden, and Sphere by Michael Crichton), until they kicked us out because it was closing time. So we headed back to my place, picked up chinese takeaways for tea, and spent the rest of the evening making release notes (at one point all three of our computers were in use at the same time) and chatting.
A fun day, but tiring!