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What happens when Concord Press meets BookCrossing

by Bascula
December 17, 2010

About this time last year, Concord Free Press (www.concordfreepress.com") published Gregory Maguire's novel, The Next Queen of Heaven. They hand-number every CFP book and ask that in exchange for receiving a book for free, you donate to any sort of charity you wish, registering the fact anonymously on their site. They track their books by the donations, but I could also track it by BCID. Here is what happened with the book I received:

Book #811 came to me, Bascula of Ridley Park, PA, and I made a contribution to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. I charted my donation on our site and passed the book along as a RABCK (after registering it on BookCrossing, of course!).

• Book #811 showed up in Maryland a few months later when amcamp1644 made a donation to the Red Cross and passed the book along.

• The book crossed the Atlantic and surfaced again when Moriquen of the Borgerhout district of Antwerp, Belgium, gave to "a homeless person and a family member in need."

• Then earlier this month. Book #811 showed up a fourth time -- in Glasgow, Scotland, where a fee_gee gave to The Anthony Nolan Trust, an organization that finds matches for leukemia patients who need transplants.

One year. Three countries. More than $140 in generosity. And the book is still circling, entertaining, and inspiring. Where is Book #811 now and where will it go next? Who else will it help?

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