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No Foolin’—UO Libraries Hosts Edible Book Festival April 1

There’ll be a delectable selection of books on display in Knight Library’s Browsing Room on April 1, 2013, when the University of Oregon Libraries hosts an Edible Book Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Everyone is invited to enter their bookish creations by bringing them to the Browsing Room for set-up at 10:30 a.m. The rules are simple: Entries should be made from consumable components and reflect the concept of “the book” through the use of text, form, or literary inspiration.

Entries will be judged in the following categories:

  • Best Pun
  • Tastiest Looking
  • Best Book-Related (not title specific)
  • Best Title-Specific Entry
  • Best Use of Materials
  • Best of Show

For example, “Cannery Row”–the edible book creation of library cataloger and metadata technician Paul Harvey–is a row of canned vegetables. Other creations from a previous UO Edible Book Festival can be found online at:

The UO event is modeled after the International Edible Book Festival, which was first held on Thanksgiving, 1999. Two book artists, Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron, were inspired to stage the initial festival by French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. Since then, edible book festivals have sprung up across the globe on or very near April 1 – Brillat-Savarin’s birthday.

Keep abreast of other examples Edible Book Festivals being staged around the world on Facebook:

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