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Remembering FURBALL

In early 2017, BCinDC was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Waneta Marie Achaj, known to us all as FURBALL. FURBALL was a constant presence at our meetings, always bringing plenty of books to share with us as well as bringing her excitement and cheerful spirit. She kept the OBCZ at the Springfield, VA Starbucks well stocked and gave books away at our festival tables with gusto. A world traveler, FURBALL attended two BookCrossing Conventions (2011 in Washington, DC, USA and 2012 in Dublin, Ireland) and served as a Local Liaison at the 2011 Convention. Over the years, she brought some of the best first-liners to our annual holiday book party and was always willing to take a chance on some of the kookiest or darkest first lines. We loved spending time with her and were always excited to hear about her cats and her Halloween decorations every year.

Her family has created a lovely tribute to her here:

Suggestions for Books to Release in Honor of FURBALL:

  • Anything & everything cats
  • Science fiction/fantasy (the stranger the better!)
  • Mysteries
  • Halloween-themed

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