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January 19, 2005
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Winter White (and Apricot) Sale at the Supply Store

bookcrossing t-shirt sale Indulge your inner springtime longings with a trip to the BookCrossing Supply Store. All Women's Scoopneck Baby-Ts in white and apricot are on sale for only $9.95 (regularly $16.95). These Hanes cotton fitted shirts make great gift for kids due to the small sizing! Pick one up for an upcoming birthday, Valentine's Day, or to remind you of the warm weather ahead! And, if you spend at least $125 at the Supply Store over the course of this sale, we'll throw one in with your order for free, IF you mention this ad in the comments section of your order! This offer is good while supplies last and the "free" shirt will be sized at the discretion of the BC packers. Sizes and colors are limited, so place your order today and take advantage of this screaming deal! OH, and did we mention that Men's White Ts are on sale too! Go get 'em while they last!

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15 marked the 76th anniversary of the birth of American Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While this date is not necessarily a holiday for BookCrossers throughout the world, the principles for which Dr. King embraced are universal. As BookCrosser Rainbowbabe so eloquently stated, "MLK seems to me to belong to the world,not just to the U.S. (like Gandhi belongs to the world in many ways, and not just to India, or other such leaders)". The ensuing thread, exploring both cultural sensitivity and the Flat Stanley phenomenon, is worth reading.

Throughout the BookCrossing world, MLK Day was commemorated with memorial book releases. AimlessT released "The Eyes on the Prize: Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle, 1954-1990" at the foot of a statue to MLK. It even counted towards the Winter Wonderland Release Challenge, for as Challenge host, Antof9 commented,"If his death wasn't a 'dark day of winter' for our country, I don't know what was." MartiP set free Dreams from My Father : A Story of Race and Inheritance. In the forum, several threads allowed BookCrossers to express their thoughts on the man, the issues and the day. This thread in his honor was started by PetuniasMama .

How much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Though this quiz was not created by our Netstation, we've offered this link as a challenge to measure what YOU know about this great, world change agent!

BookCrossing to help Canadian Soldiers

Inspired by a forum thread on sending books to American soldiers, BookCrossing military wife stickerooni has located an organization on all Canadian bases called the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) to help distribute books to Canadian soldiers. Simply bring books to the MFRC, and staff will package and ship them for FREE to deployed military members. Stickerooni contributed some books a few months ago, and a military member with the 8 Air Communication and Control Squadron (8ACCS) National Rear Link Team deployed on OP HALO, National Support Element, Task Force Haiti, has journaled on five of them already! Stickerooni, congratulations, on your great catches, and we thank you for helping the BookCrossing Community find one more way to support the troops and spread the word.

Coming to a city near you: BC 2005 Conventions (and Unconventions)

Has Convention Fever gotten to you yet? After hearing of the wild success of the ABC in Sydney (a great recap of the event is in a previous article by skyring), many BookCrossers are eager to find a convention in their area. To help you out, here is a summary of some upcoming events.

New Zealand Convention: 25-28 March 2005 Christchurch New Zealand The convention program is as follows (all prices in $NZ, of course): Friday 25 March, evening: Registration (includes light meal and goody bag): $15 Saturday 26 March, morning: Release frenzy and walking tour of Christchurch: Free Saturday 26 March, afternoon: Flash mob and Arts Centre visit: Free Saturday 26 March, evening: Convention dinner and Celebrity Debate: $25 Sunday 27 March, all day: Mystery bus tour (includes lunch): $35 Monday 28 March, morning: Farewell brunch: Pay your own way Full convention registration for all events: $75 Early Bird special: No longer applicable (sorry!) BookCrossers/websites to contact for more information: Futurecat; Convention website

US Bookcrossing Convention: 14-17 April Fort Worth, Texas Spouses and children are welcome. Fort Worth is a great tourist town, with plenty of cool things to do for all ages. Plans include a children's room at the hotel where children can be entertained while BookCrossers attend meetings.

Find all the information about the US 2005 BookCrossing Convention at the Convention website or by visiting Texaswren's shelf. The plans for this convention seem to grow daily and may even include a side trip or two, as well.

UK Unconvention: 1-3 July 2005, Birmingham UK This year, two authors are lined up to speak. In addition, there will be the normal mix of a little culture, a little bit of competition, and a little bit of partying! Space is limited to 200, and over 70 are already booked, so if you haven't registered, now's the time to do it! If you plan to attend, please complete the registration form which is available on request from For more information, please PM Netstation or Glasgowgal. If you want to know what it's all about, the forum thread for Unconvention 2004 is here .

Rumor has it that the 2005 ABC will be held sometime in July in Brisbane, Australia. We'll be sure to share the details when more becomes available!


Confessions of a bookoholic
by Carrie Padgett (cclpad)

Hi. My name is Carrie. Iím an addict. It started innocently enough. When I was six years old, I found an endless supply at the local library. The fact that I lived next door made it easy to get a fix whenever I wanted. After we moved, I had to plan my sprees but my habit was manageable. As an adult, limited disposable income kept me sane. I chose my book purchases carefully. But I knew a problem was developing when checking out at Costco a couple of years ago. I bought 3 books and a bag of bagels. ...

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Imagine the plight of the visually impaired
by LouiseLouise

I'm at a table in the coffee shop, waiting for my friend to bring me a cappuccino. I face the window, which is pointless really, as I can no longer watch the people passing by, creating stories in my head from what I see. But I like to face the window. It allows me to distinguish shadow and contrast, I can see shady and fuzzy objects. I can't tell what they are, but I can guess; an educated guess from the days when I sat here without a care in the world, never guessing that suddenly my gift of sight would be ruthlessly snatched away due to unexpected illness and complications....

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A solution is on the way!
by GrammaAnnie

Within the worldwide scope of BookCrossing is an amazingly large number of members who are published authors. They are published in many languages and many genres. Also within the global BookCrossing community are readers who have wanted to purchase books by BookCrossing authors. Until now, there have been problems getting the authors together with the buyers....

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Wild books released by our members are being caught all over the world, every day! Our site watch forum is where members post news of great wild book catches. Here are some of the best from the last few days...

You just never know -- don't give up hope.
by kestralwing

They finally cleaned out the Lost and Found!
by MaryZee

First wild catch in ages
by avanta7

AF wrote a nice journal entry, then sent the book on its way.
by kiptrix

did you guys see this Bob Dylan book of Velvis'? 3 catches since November!
by Antof9

A "Must Read" journal entry
by keister

"It made my christmas day" "It made my christmas day"
by Skyring

S/he left the first BC book s/he found,
by mojosmom

Great, now I have to eat at Burger King more often...
by Greyflank

Strange things are happening ...
by kiptrix

How Did it Get There? And Why Did it Take 16 Months?
by Catwoman

Wisconsin to Texas to Minnesota--
by kiptrix

This book is doing a bit of travelling. Is that at least 3-4 countries in there?
by jennannej

3 Nice Journals, & 2 New Members!
by Anne-Elliott


Stuck in a bookcrossing rut? Seeking guidance for your next wild book release safari? Here are some fresh ideas posted by members in our Release Challenges forum to whet your adventure appetite. And if you can think of other timely or unique challenges, post them to the forum and you may see them here in the next newsletter!

Holocaust Memorial Day
by fleurdelys

Pet names Eccentric Release Challenge
by solittletime

New Jersey (and visitors) challenge
by MattyH

ATTN: High School Text pilferers.
by day-zee

Wish List challenge
by watchcat

Eccentrics! post your releases here! Can't wait to see!
by lucybrown

Make a Friend RABCK Challenge

Valentines Day Challenge, save all your books with the word Love in the title, romance books,
by maggiemuffet


Our forums offer hundreds of new topics each day. Here are a few recent ones you don't want to miss... jump right into the conversations!

The importance of independant bookshops
started by LeafOfHumanTree in Book Talk

Christian books- release worries....
started by skyscape in Release Techniques

What's your all-time favorite work of fiction?
started by KitsuneCharmed in Book Talk

Is there a protocol for releasing a book in memory of someone?
started by MyopicMeringue in Release Techniques

Goodwill releasers, be encouraged! I just caught my FIRST EVER wild book there!
started by Antof9 in Release Techniques

Starbucks in NY/NJ/Metro - OBCZ process
started by MattyH in OBCZ Managers

I've found a message that improves my catches!!!
started by appaloosatb in Release Techniques

FINAL DRAFT -- BC author list (EDITED)
started by GrammaAnnie in Activists Only

How many books do you have tbr that were registered by other BCers?
started by Whitreidtan in Book Talk

The Da Vinci Code was a terrible disappointment to me. What did you think of it?
started by MysteryCrosser in Book Talk

Post the Homepage of OBCZs here
started by Vargas in OBCZ Managers

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