Celebrate Literature with Edible Books Festival

The Edible Books Festival, a worldwide celebration of literature, creative thinking, humor and food, will mark its first decade at Ursinus College this year on March 27 in the Myrin Library first floor lounge. The community is welcome to peruse the entries as winners are announced at a 3 p.m. reception.

edible books“The Edible Books Festival has been both a bibliographic and culinary success throughout the years we have held it at the Myrin Library,” says Charles A. Jamison, Library Director, of the event. “Over 200 edible books have been submitted since we began the tradition in 2005, and the creativity has been inspiring and the results delicious. We look forward to our Edible Books Festival each year, never knowing what books are going to be submitted until they arrive, which makes for great fun.”

Librarian Andrew Prock, who is overseeing the festival, said, “I love seeing the range of books represented – everything from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the [Edible] Works of St. Augustine.”  In 2011, he recalled, a group of students created a nine-hole golf course based on their CIE texts, including Plato’s Applecorey (Allegory) of the Cave and Gilgamash (Gilgamesh).

The festival was inspired by Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s book Physiologie du Goût, a witty meditation on food. Myrin has two editions of the book.

Appropriately quoting Sir Francis Bacon, Jamison added, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and the other few to be chewed and digested.”

Entries from Ursinus faculty, staff and students, due at noon, are judged on how well they integrate a literary text, creativity in use of edible ingredients, and overall presentation.

More information is available in the Edible Books libguide: http://libguides.ursinus.edu/ebf

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