Fund-raiser could book an annual spot on calendar

Gillian Toddman, of Launceston, at the City Mission Bookfest at Albert Hall, Launceston.  Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Gillian Toddman, of Launceston, at the City Mission Bookfest at Albert Hall, Launceston. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

CITY Mission's Bookfest could become an annual event if there is enough support.

The event, which is the first run by the charity, started at the Albert Hall yesterday.

Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, records and videos cover the two storeys of the hall's foyer and will be on sale again from 9am to 4pm today.

City Mission operation manager Greg Howell said all the 30,000-plus books were half the marked price, which was good considering they were already marked down.

"We'd like to now, depending on [today's] turnout, turn it into an annual event," Mr Howell said.

"We will have the supply of books because of all the donations and they're good books."

Book include biographies, non-fiction, fiction, cookbooks and atlases.

The mission also held its anniversary dinner and auction on Thursday night.

City Mission community relations manager Brian Roach said one of the drawcard auction items, the book Footrot Flats: The Dog Strips didn't sell.

He said the collector's edition would now go on Ebay.

Entry to the Bookfest is via the Albert Hall's side entrance.

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