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Ru in Vancouver is doing 31 things including…

Memorial Book Release Project

105 cheers


Ru has written 18 entries about this goal

7 years

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years (today) since he died. The weather was gorgeous so I left a handful of books out – my favorite was leaving one about how to deal with death on the “life” rock in the meditation garden. It was gone an hour later when we passed by on the way home.

I’m up to 66 released now; hoping to drop off more at some of the little free libraries tomorrow. Hoping to make it to 100 by the end of the summer.

I miss you dearly, Paulie. Cheers from here.

More ink

This one has been journaled again. It’s gone from inspiring someone to get their first tattoo in Burnaby to impressing mystery hands in Florida! Nice to have something journaled in Paulie’s birthday week; he’s been on my mind.

I wish I’d managed to get more books out over the summer, but at least it leaves me boxes of interesting things to read by the fire over the winter…

Thumbs and ink

Another couple of catches!

I haven’t released many books this summer because we moved and I’m not sure where the main box of labeled books to release is right now, but I did find another whole box of unregistered ones to work on.

The Fonzie book has made it through several pairs hands and the Smilin’ Buddha Tattoo hardcover I left outside a tattoo parlor nearly a year ago was just journaled with this note:

“I must admit, I haven’t read this book but I’ve looked at the photos so many times. I’ve been inspired and now I’m going in for my first tattoo in early October 2013.”

Very cool, very appropriate – Paulie’s grinning somewhere on the other side.

Another catch!

Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit, released on a cold and rainy day last November near the art school on Granville Island.

This one was journaled twice this week – first in Vancouver, then in New York. I look forward to christening the new neighbourhood with books. I’d very much like to reach the 100 released goalpost sometime this summer. Anniversary’s on the horizon, that’ll be a good kick-start.

First release of the year!

New Masses; An Anthology of the Rebel Thirties – left on some stairs along the Trans Canada Trail on a gorgeous sunny day while hiking with the family… happily, about half an hour later I saw a colourful looking fellow by the beach at the bottom of the trail reading it intently and spoke briefly with him about this project.

Very glad to be back at this now that the weather is getting to be conductive to wild releases outside again, especially since yesterday I found a whole box I’d missed and spent the morning sorting and prepping to register/label a whole new batch.

54 down!

Books, books, here and there…

I haven’t had a chance to release many books over the winter, but I’ve heard from a few more that have gone abroad… New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Honolulu… plus another found locally in a sky-train station on the other side of town. I’m looking forward to the days when it’s warm and dry out so I can leave them around willy nilly again.

3 more caught!

Bookcrossing has been busy lately, with two of these being journaled this week! I haven’t done any November releases – the weather has been dodgy and I haven’t restocked the car bag (reminder to self), but at least the books already out there are making the rounds…

A Fonzie book I left outside of the Aquarium when we visited in August:

“I haven’t read this book yet as I’m still reading Winnie-the-Pooh but after that, this is next on my list. I found this book outside of the Vancouver Aquarium. After I read it, I’ll release it again.”

The Burlesque book I leaned on the wall of the painted pedestrian tunnel in mid September:

“Drunkenly found this book on a bench. Decided to take it on vacation and leave it in a different country. Happy reading!“

And the old Dizzy Gillespie bio I put on the porch at Ioco Village prior to Ghost Town Days in October:

“On a lovely walk through the “ghost” town of Ioco where I used to live, perched on one of the remaining heritage (although rater dilapidated and ready to fall to the ground) houses on the town-site I spotted this book. Happily curious, I picked it up and packed it into my suitcase. Last I saw it was perched on a shelf at Fleetwood’s (yes – Mick’s place) Restaurant, Front Street, Lahaina, Maui, waiting for another traveller to pick it up. Maybe Mick himself? Who knows? Good luck on your travels…”

The last is one of my favorites that a stranger has journaled (the photo was taken by them when they left the book in Maui). So nice to hear something of these little journeys, especially months after releasing the books. Paulie would be so pleased…

In the milk house

More books left behind here and there: inside a historic milk house in Langley, at another lovely park, one has even made it as far as North Carolina…

Double catch

A little book I left in a wooden mermaid’s tresses on Granville Island last weekend has now journeyed through two more sets of hands, going from Vancouver to Chicago, and from there to Michigan.

Today I hit 143 books registered – my IN box has shrunk considerably.
I’m so glad I’m doing this.


Yesterday I was joy-smacked to find the first of these has been caught and journaled!

“I found this book on 08/07/2012, one day after it was left at the suspension bridge on Buntzen Lake. The book was gathered from a picnic bench at the north end of Buntzen Lake. This book has intrigued me for some time so I am happy to have it. It is now on my bedside table. Soon, very soon, it will be set free once again. Bon Voyage A.J.liebling. Thanks Red-Ru!”


Ru has gotten 105 cheers on this goal.


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