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Lifeline Bookfest — Summer 2024

Time to stock up on soap opera-themed cookbooks and other treasures you didn't know you needed — again.
By Concrete Playground
November 22, 2023
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By Concrete Playground
November 22, 2023
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This summer, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is hosting a sales event of most peculiar stock. Strange things they are, full of pages, rampant with words and with covers of the most beautiful colours. You can't charge them, they don't run out of battery, their brightness is unalterable, and they won't smash when you drop them.

Lifeline Bookfest is coming back for another round of vintage bargains between Saturday, January 13–Sunday, January 21, 2024. It's where you'll find everything from Australian Women's Weekly cookbooks to a bit of cheeky erotica, as well as games, DVDs and puzzles. If you've been before, you'll know there are warehouse quantities of books for sale – your grade five diary is probably hidden under a copy of Shantaram, and you'll come across at least three copies of Cooking with Days of Our Lives. In fact, over this year's nine-day summer run, more than one million items will be up for grabs.

Prices range from $2.50 to the big bucks, and you'll have plenty to choose from. Whenever Bookfest hits Brisbane, it always brings hundreds of crates of reading materials with it. This big return will also bring back its Comicfest section, which unsurprisingly keeps proving popular — this time with 25,000-plus comics and video games, as well as more than 5000 collectable items.

You'll want to bring a trolley and your glasses, obviously, and to clear some space on your shelves at home. And, you'll want to bring your cards, because this Bookfest is cashless. Also, you'll need your own bags, as books won't be wrapped for you this time around.

Head along from 7.30am–6pm on Saturday, January 13 and 8.30am–6pm between Sunday, January 14–Sunday, January 21.

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