Lifeline Bookfest 2013
Book lovers, rejoice! The book event of the year is back in Queensland's capital this month. The Lifeline Bookfest 2013
–the universe's largest second-hand book sale based in Brisbane- opens this Saturday 19 January in Halls 3 and 4 of the Brisbane Convention Centre. Never-ending piles of second-hand books will fill the tables at the festival until 27 January. Reading aficionados can get their hand wipes ready to clear the dust while scanning through the books.
Brisbane's Lifeline Bookfest began back in 1989 and since then it has grown bigger and stronger year on year. In its origins, books lay on bales of hay. Today, there is such a substantial quantity of books that three kilometres of tables are needed to allocate them.
With over 2 million books for sale across two giant halls, the massive sale has books on every subject between heaven and earth, ranging from science fiction to cook books, children's books, new fiction and war craft. University students can also find text books in a good condition. The endless publications are split into three sections of high quality, priced and without it.
Visitors can sip on coffee and try some awesome snacks while they immerse themselves in the magic in words that fill the halls. And there's no doubt that books and coffee sounds just right, whether you are reading for pleasure or carefully studying a text book for your university course.
All funds raised at the Bookfest help support Lifeline's 24-hour 13 11 14 Crisis Counselling Line, counselling services and support programmes for children and families throughout the Brisbane and Greater Brisbane region.
You can get there by train or bus to Southbank, and it is only a short walk from the Convention Centre. If you are getting there by car, it is recommended to arrive before the opening time to find a park in the surrounding streets or you will be have to pay ridiculous fees in the Convention Centre Parking.