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BookCrossers met on June 23, 2013 at the Old Post Office Pavilion for the monthly BCinDC meetup. Once we determined how to go around the Barbecue Battle and found the correct door to use to get inside, we swapped books, chatted, and ate at the food court. The Ben & Jerry’s especially seemed to call to us (as did the books). A few bookrings for books by authors at several conventions began as well.
Afterward, we took a trip up the tower to see the bells and the view of the city.
BookCrossers in attendance were: FURBALL, Ixion, KateKintail, krin511, nat4lee, SqueakyChu, 6of8. It was wonderful to meet 6of8’s good friend who happened to be in town and came to say hello.
On May 18, 2013, BCinDC had a great showing at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland. At our table, we gave away at least 1,750 books and–for the first time ever–the last few books on our table were taken home by a festival-goer, leaving the tables empty at the end of the day!
BookCrossers in attendance: crrcookie, FURBALL, Ixion, KateKintail, lilgrovers, melydia, MomOyster, Nat4Lee, ResQGeek, 6of8, and SqueakyChu. Derwoodsman also stopped by to say hello and drop off some books at the table.
After the festival, most of us headed to Zio’s for pizza, a tradition of ours.
A handful of BookCrossers assembled at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station on Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23) to give books out on World Book Night. The idea is to pass books out to people who don’t read much or at all in hopes of introducing them to the joy of reading! That’s definitely something we can get behind.
Luck was on our side: we each had a different book (and some different types/genres for people to choose from) and just as two of us ran out of books, another two of us arrived with their books as reinforcements. We gave away all 100 books in a little less than 2 hours. We also managed to attract the notice of security officers who asked us kindly to leave the covered areas of the station, which we did immediately and positioned our giveaway far enough away.
We developed quick catch phrases to sell our books. “It’s a classic!” or “It’s a movie with Brad Pitt!” or “Very funny!” or “Better than Twilight!”
The books we gave away were:
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
BCinDC had a table again this year at the Day of the Book festival in Kensington, MD on April 21, 2013. We brought over 1,200 books and managed to give away roughly 800 of them (the remainders will mostly be heading to the Gaithersburg book festival next month).
Weather was much better this year than last, which both the BookCrossers and the books seemed happy about. We had a few authors give us books, which we’ll circulate among our group members; we even had one author register her book right there onsite.
We also started a new section on the tables this year. We had fiction, non-fiction, teen’s & children’s, and a new “BookCrossers recommend” section. We had fun pulling out books we loved and even had some festival-goers recommend some books!
BookCrossers in attendance: authorauthor, Chip, Ixion, KateKintail, krin511, Mom-Oyster, Nat4Lee, ResQgeek, RubyLadybug, SqueakyChu