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Qld's biggest second-hand book sale isn't just about books
That celebration of all things literary and wordy is back for its summer sojourn, bigger, better and bookier than ever. And Brisbane bibliophiles are the blessed beneficiaries. That long-standing Brisbane tradition, Lifeline Bookfest, will be here to enliven your summer at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 January 2018.
If you can't live without books, or even if you just need to acquire some textbooks or find something to keep the kids or grandkids entertained when the "but-there's-nothing-to-do" blues set in, then Lifeline Bookfest is for you. Forget beaches, picnics and lazy summer afternoons. Get ready to sharpen those elbows, drag out the string bags and trolleys and get your game face on for the biannual buzz of Queensland's biggest second-hand book sale.
You'll find books on everything from health to history, lifestyle to literature, philosophy to fiction, science fiction to sport, and travel to textbooks. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, collectables, rare treasures, comics and classics - in short, something for everyone.
Once you've had your fill of the plethora of pre-loved books of all descriptions you can also check out the huge selection of board games, magazines, DVDs, puzzles, CDs, vinyl records, and magazines on every conceivable subject. I know from long experience that a trip to Lifeline Bookfest can keep you browsing for hours and you ALWAYS come away with more than you planned. Just how all those books made it into my bag, box or trolley is a continuing mystery to me, but my groaning bookshelves attest to the quality, and quantity of books on offer.
You don't have to just look at the Lifeline Bookfest as an opportunity for consumerism. It's also a great opportunity to do some good. You can donate any of your unwanted books, records, games etc. in the crates provided at the venue, or by dropping them off at Lifeline shops or placing them in Lifeline bins. It's the ultimate in charitable recycling. And, as always, all funds raised will support the work of Lifeline and UnitingCare Community programs for individuals, families and children.
When: 20 - 28 January, 2018 Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane Opening Times: Opening day from 7.30am - 6.00pm; Thursday 25 January 8.30am - 9.00pm; all other days from 8.30am - 6.00pm Cost: Entry is FREE
• I outlined my best tips and advice for a successful trip to the bookfest in my article about the 2017 winter bookfest here, but a trip to the event's Facebook page while researching this article has unearthed my favourite tip ever, and one I wish I'd known about a few years ago. One commenter revealed that she takes a pram for the occasion. She has no baby, the pram is just for her book haul, but I think the pram has another purpose. I bet lots of polite people step aside to let the 'lady with the pram' through. Genius.
• Parking is available at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (see here for details) but my tip is to travel by public transport. The venue is within easy walking distance of South Brisbane Railway Station, the Cultural Centre Busway Station or the South Bank CityCat Terminal.
• If you can't make it to the Brisbane Bookfest, don't stress. You can check out the Gold Coast Version at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 9 to 11 February 2018.