Yay, this is brilliant, I was hoping for it... still remembering a lovely lunch in Gothenburg (where the thought of it was discussed) ...
I returned to Gothenburg last year, to show it to my son, because I enjoyed the convention there so much.
It was delightful that so many Norwegians attended, and I'm now even more delighted that I'll very likely go to Norway - finally - in 2017.
One of the strengths of BookCrossing is the way in which people from different nations and cultures interact. Sometimes tangentially through a book left in one place being caught by someone - a tourist, say - from another place.
Then there's the fact that it's a crazy American idea which has found ready participants around the globe. In the beginning, it was very much an American thing, but now keen BookCrossers may be found anywhere that there is internet.
The forums provide another place where intertwangling can take place, and of course there are the various conventions. Each Anniversary Convention, I've found that I've had the opportunity to meet new BookCrossers, and at every one I've managed to find someone I totally adore. Often whoever has had the greatness of heart to actually stand up and do the work. Or someone I just happened to be seated beside at dinner and found them delightful.
It's curious that the Europeans have ended up as the most enthusiastic BookCrossers. There would seem to be many obstacles: each nation has its own language and culture, and when we're talking about an activity that involves swapping books, you've got to wonder just how much relevance does a German-language book have to someone in (say) Spain or Sweden?
But there it is. The Euro folk are sitting around the campfire singing their songs enthusiastically, while the rest of the world hums along.
However, each corner of the world has different attitudes to travel. The apparent insularity of the Americans has already been remarked upon. Europeans travel a lot, but that's mostly within Europe.
In Australia and New Zealand, we'll generally see more Europeans than Americans attending our conventions, even though we're further away. It's only a short hop across the Pacific - twelve hours or so - but getting here from Europe is a day's travel, no matter how you cut it.
And, of course, there's always a bunch of Aussies and New Zealanders attending conventions, regardless of location. I get around a bit, but I'm in awe of the ability of New Zealand folk to make the world their home.
How that relates to the 2017 convention, I'm not sure. Any European convention is certain to have a good attendance, but there's also the need to have a strong local contingent.
This end of the world, we've got hard core groups in a few cities, but by no means all. Americans seem to have Washington DC and New York, and a hardy bunch in Kansas City. I'd love to go back to Kansas City, but I think they are still paying off the 2009 Uncon.
Just quietly, America, but you don't need to hire a grand hotel ballroom for three days. Nobody else does. A school hall for a weekend, a library meeting room, a church camp, there's always places. Nor does it have to be in the centre of town - take the Metro in for a release walk.
Realistically, it takes a team of half a dozen or so to organise an Anniversary Convention. People who know and trust and like each other, because for a year or so they are going to be spending a lot of time together.
Not that this is going to be a chore, but the big problem is juggling work, family and other commitments. And taking on a lot of responsibility, because there are going to be a hundred or more people making their plans and spending a fair amount of money well in advance, and those people become the focus of attention for months, because they can't be let down.
I don't know who will stick their hands up for 2017. Whoever it is, they are likely thinking about it right now, because they will be wanting to go to Athens and Oslo to see how things happen there.
And whoever it is, you aren't alone. There will be help and advice from all over, and usually there's a bit of money left over from the previous Convention to help kick things off for the next.