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March 30, 2005
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New Zealand Convention a smashing success!

As noted in another article, many of us spent a good part of Easter weekend following the antics of fellow BookCrossers as they gathered for the 2005 New Zealand Convention. A full report will follow soon, we hope, from the folks who were there (Hint! Hint! Tell all!) But in the meantime, we salute the whole group who, no doubt, turned Christchurch on its ear regarding BookCrossing, and had a rollicking good time to boot!

Pictured Front row: Four bags, a stack of books and Skyring's window clingy mounted on a perspex stand. Second row: catsalive with her bright BookCrossing T-shirt, Rarsberry with a convention badge and a pin, lollie-mavette holding a pad of Stickie notes (and yes, those are BookCrossing stickers liberally plastered across her face!) Standing: Mundoo complete with release bag and bookplates, littlemave with strip of mini labels, The elusive Futurecat, Skyring (home-made BookCrossing mug in right hand, keyring in left, BookCrossing cap on head), Lytteltonwitch with BookCrossing charm earrings, thebiblioholic (he has a BookCrossing cap, but there wasn't the time to send him back to the motel to get it). All items, excluding BookCrossers, mug and glorious New Zealand available at our Supply Store!

Also, the convention committee are pleased to announced the following winners of the The NZBC Awards 2005:

Best Themed Release awarded to Skyring for releasing In the Pond in the pond.

Most Unusual Release awarded to Lytteltonwitch for dropping a book onto some very surprised tourists in a passing punt.

Best Release Photo awarded to Littlemave for a photo of Damaged Gods on a statue of a damaged god (the photo isn't uploaded yet, but she promises it will be soon).

Best Catch awarded to Skyring for getting "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" caught despite the best efforts of an aggressive seagull (see separate article.)

BookCrossing Ambassador Award awarded to Cathietay for spreading the BookCrossing word to all the staff and patrons of the Dux de Lux on Friday night (whether she remembers doing so or not)

Special Award for BookCrossing Beyond the Call of Duty awarded to Mundoo for her endless supply of labels, badges, stickers, mugs, and enthusiasm.

Day of the Book and the Rose: What are your plans?

St. George and the Dragon is a tale that fascinated many a child. But for literary lovers, St. George can bring another delight. Legend has it that he slew a dragon and saved a beautiful maiden who was about to become lunch for the beast. From the blood of the dragon sprouted a rose bush. Our hero plucked the prettiest rose and presented it to the maid. Hence, on April 23 in Catalonia, where George is the patron saint and chivalry lives, the day is celebrated in a wonderful way. On that day, every man offers a rose to his loved one and she in turn gives him a book.

The Day of the Book and the Rose. .. it's no wonder that April 23 has also been adopted by UNESCO as World Book Day.

(Yes, yes, we know that March 3 was also celebrated as World Book Day in the United Kingdom, but now the rest of us get to celebrate, too!)

Since 1923, this lovely celebration has merged with International Book Day to mark the anniversary of the April 23, 1616 deaths of Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Over four million roses and half a million books are sold in Catalonia alone on St. George's Day and Barcelona's celebration is legendary.

So now it it time to add one more element to the mix of love, roses, and books: BookCrossing! It's time to put on our collective thinking caps, look toward the BookCrossing Anniversary coming up April 17, and celebrate. We invite you to find ways to bring the Day of the Book and the Rose to life as only BookCrossers can. Put on your creativity caps and lets see what happens! (Hmmm...I wonder how the Running book would look with a rose in hand?)

Book Survives Convention, Water and Hungry Sea Gulls!

D.H. Lawrence said, "Water is H20, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water and nobody knows what that is." Skyring, the intrepid Aussie BookCrosser has over and over identified what that missing element is: A BookCrossing Book!

You may recall his successful water release of Blackwater a while back. While on the Mystery Bus Tour at the fabulous New Zealand Convention, he repeated his special technique to release The Secret of Santa Vittoria. His casting a book upon the waters was almost foiled by a hungry sea gull! Many of us followed the adventures in the book journal or on the Site Watch and Conventions and Meetings forums.

While the photo-journalism of gull vs. book is marvelous, the best part is, the book was caught! (Either that, or the New Zealand gulls are really clever and know how to log on to BookCrossing....)

Is your OBCZ on THE Map?

The amazing Netstation has just unveiled his latest BookCrossing project. He's started to roll out the super-whizzo graphical OBCZ finder (actually it's a load of web pages with maps!)

OBCZ Finder Map

The following are finished (to date) and available for review: USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The front page is open for business too! Click here for an overview of the OBCZ World.

We're asking OBCZ managers in those countries to please check and make sure the information is complete and accurate. Then respond to Netstation in the OBCZ Managers Forum thread rather than by PM. This will save flooding his mailbox and also make the information available for others who may be wondering if they should send something on a particular OBCZ.

The rest of Europe is coming, then on to the Aussies and Kiwis. Comments about layout, readability etc. always welcome.

Registrations Open for the Australian BookCrossing Convention

Have you been to Zigzag Street? Well the Aussies would like to take you there. A Literary Tour that takes in the site of author Nick Earl's novel, and other Brisbane landmarks, is one of the many events being planned for the Australian BookCrossing Convention in Brisbane June 24-26.

A Trivia Night, Flashmob and Yum Cha Brunch are amongst the events the Aussies spent a sunny Easter Monday planning. Donations for the Goodie Bags are flooding in! If you have something you would like to send to a favourite Aussie bookcrosser, just PM whitequeen, and she'll be happy to organise.

Stay tuned as details go up on the Convention website. You can register there or by emailing

.........but beware the infamous cackleberry! He expects to renew his flagging energy, after running the International Sweepstakes, by eating up big at the Yum Cha Brunch. Hope there's some left for the rest of you!

Lasso your Texas Convention Tee Now!

2005 BookCrossing Convention T-shirt You've heard the sun shines bright in Texas, right? Well, so does our new, limited edition BookCrossing Tee! Celebrating the 2005 Fort Worth, Texas Convention, this exclusive has the logo (designed by BookCrosser Jellylava) of the US Convention. Shirts Available in L ($18.95), XL ($21.95) and XXL ($22.95). All shirts on a natural-colored background. We've only printed 100 of these babies, so when they're gone, they're gone! Gallop on over to the Supply Store and order yours today!

And while you're at the Supply Store, be sure to check out our other fabulous "gotta haves" for the avid BookCrosser. We need your support to continue to keep this site free and running!

In the News

BookCrossing got a mention in the March 24 edition of Detroit Free Press, which has a lovely write up and profile of cattail, Genie6999, holdingabook, twiggywig, and even the local meetup at the Che Cosa OBCZ! Way to go!

And how about this fantastic tale in the Lakeland Florida Ledger, where the travels of a copy of The Kitchen God's Wife are recounted. Originally released by ILuvToRead2 at the Chicago Art institute, it obviously longed for warmer climes and headed south and captured two new members en route! Now that's a story!


Finding a new home and a new family
by Diego A. Deleon (Intuitivepoet)

It is seldom in life that one finds a place that feels like home and a group of people who can eventually feel as if they are family. I stumbled into BookCrossing while chatting with my cousin, who is also an avid reader. For a long time, reading has been a very important part of my life. Reading time is the time when I can be be alone, transporting myself to the different realms that exist within the pages of my books. ...

[read it all at]

When BookCrossing rhymes with story-writing and enigma-solving
by andras

Do you like BookCrossing? That's a silly question. I will start again. Do you like BookCrossing and writing short stories and solving enigmas and playing with others? You said "yes"? I think we may have something for you. And its name is: "En attendant Modo". Yes, it is French, originally. But you can call it "Waiting for Modo" if you prefer. Does that sound more familiar? Even the Frenchies will understand . . . well, some of them. Let's call it "Modo" for short....

[read it all at]

An unregistered book comes back to me after five years
by CGrauGarriga

Last week I received a parcel from a school friend and fellow BookCrosser who had recently been travelling around Scotland. I saw her note first. It read, "Found this at a backpacker?s and I believe it?s yours. It?s definitely your handwriting and weren?t you in Aceh in 2000? You might want to register it with BookCrossing so you can keep track of its travels from now on.? ...

[read it all at]

The story of my BookCrossing beginning
by hollyshort

It was any normal study hall. I sat reading Teen Ink as others walked around talking and boys sat playing their favorite card game, Magic. I was reading a copy of Teen Ink that I had found in my locker. One quote on the page really jumped out at me. It said "I buy books not only to read them, but to set them free." I read it quickly and then headed down to the English room. I handed it to my English teacher, Ms. Hoffman, and made arrangements to come back for it later....

[read it all at]


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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...

White Fang roams the wilds!
I released this book on a Sunday morning on a virtually deserted street in Newark, NJ. I almost decided not to free it there, because there was very little chance of its being found, much less journaled, before it blew away in the winter winds.

BUT LOOK at what has happened!
by watchcat

My mother's first release travelled FAR!!!!!!!
My mother (czara) read this book and released it. Unfortunately I didn't show her how to release it online, but it was within days of her journalling it. She released it in Sydney, Australia and six months later it ended up...
by Popsie

lots of travel and catches
and all around Australia...but only anonymous finders
by newk

Beach Release Caught!
Yay- my beach-themed release was caught!
by Anne-Elliott

Book rescued from lost and found, and saved from the trash
after nearly 2 years
by MaryZee

nice catch from the One book, One city release
This was a great idea. I just wish we had enough active BookCrossers that we could do this here!
by cmbohn

A little too much information from finder but hey, it's a catch.

Definitly TMI.
by First-Noel

"I felt really lucky that I had been the one to pick it up!"
I released a bunch of books at the mall over the past 2 weekends. I finally got a catch and it's a good one!

And you never know who will pick up your book. Here's one that I left in the liquor store:
by phillycarol

Chicago release makes Florida news!
by mojosmom


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!

Arthritis Walk-You Can Make a Difference Challenge
by bethieb

"You Are Here" Challenge
by Ibis3

Accomplishments for the March "Oh, the Places We Can Go" Release Challenge
by Secretariat

Calling all Cowboys (or their fans!) An April Release Challenge - only 2 days left until April!!!
by 1stlite


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!

Author Anniversaries - April
started by Pixette in Release Techniques

Releasing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
started by ResQgeek in Site Watch

A few of my Easter releases.
started by onesmartcookie in Site Watch

Okay, is it just me...
started by geishabird in Site Watch

New Convention info
started by TexasWren in Conventions and Meetings

Bummed out on wild releases
started by T02S03B11D20 in Release Techniques

What is the saddest book you have read?
started by cloudbuster in Book Talk

What's the most humorous book you've read?
started by simmis in Book Talk

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