The Lifeline Bookfest is on again.
For those who live outside of Brisbane and may never have attended an event like this – it is the largest second hand book sale in the Southern Hemisphere. Not bad for the sleepy old backwater of Brisbane. It is held twice a year over the Queens Birthday Long Weekend in June and the second week in January and money raised goes towards supporting the important work LifeLine does in helping people in crisis.
When we first moved to Brisbane six years ago it was one of the things my soul sister Karen told us we “must do”. Given we were still getting out head around Brisbane the first Fest we were in Brisbane and getting our head around our brand new son the following, we really didn’t know what to expect when we turned up to the January ’05 one.
So many books in the one place. That’s the first thing I remember about our first time there. I also remember finding a really rare Micheal Odent book which I couldn’t buy for 50c because Dave had my purse and when I went back it was gone (you only do it once!) I remember finding a 50c hardback copy of Birth Without Violence just lying there waiting for me to pick it up. It was also the first place I breastfeed Dylan in public in our sling … wandering up and down the tables of books ignoring any looks I may have been getting.
A photo doesn’t do the sale justice – but I’lltry tomorrow. There are more than a million second hand books for sale – trestle table upon trestle table of them. I think a fair chunk of our home library has been procured from there.
As my attention turns more towards fiction this year, I’ve been searching out books to fill the gaps in my own collection. In January I got Darkness at Sethanon and Silverthorn. Now Magician doesn’t look quite so lonely up there alone on the shelf. Dave also found me a copy of Lolita (which I have since read). This time around I’m looking up the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (actually I think Dave is intended to take the list with him – he makes my avid reading look like a half hearted amateur effort) but also remembering what other gaps need filling. On the top of my list will be:
- The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – Phillip K Dick
- Lightning – Dean Koontz
We’re also looking for the tragics – something to top How to Get a Date with a Vampire (which I found last week at the Rotary Book Sale) and perhaps something to send in to Spicks and Specks for their Substitute section. And Dave is going prepared with not only the 1001 list, but a notebook to keep a record of all the strange book placings. Last time he found Barbara Cartland in “Classics”.
What would be on your wishlist for an event like this?
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