To commemorate ANZAC day, the WBCA have distributed 5 specially marked copies of the children's book Papa's Island by Nelson author Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Wellington based artist, Fifi Colston.
Somes/Matiu Island in Wellington Harbour was used as a prisoner of war camp for 'Alien Enemies' during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Papa's Island tells the story of a girl whose Italian father was taken away- and she struggles with understanding 'why?'
We left one on the Dom Post ferry that travels between Wellington and Eastbourne; and stops at Somes/Matiu Island, one in Lower Hutt, one at Island Bay Park in the War Memorial that is dedicated to U.S Submariners, one at the War Memorial in Buckle St and the last at Johnsonville Mall by the Coke machine. We hoped to cover 4 points of the compass this way.
You can check out their progress and perhaps release books into the wild yourself by going to http://www.bookcrossing.com/ . Its a fun thing to do and everyone benefits from the giving away of a book that might otherwise just linger on your bookshelf. Share it with the world at large!