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Edible Books Festival is Coming: Are You Ready?

Myrin Library’s 18th Edible Books Festival will be held Monday, April 3, 2023.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit edible creations for the festival and vote for their favorite entries.

The tradition of Edible Books at Ursinus dates back to 2005, when student Jessica Gallagher brought the idea to Myrin Library, inspired by the International Edible Books Festival that began in 2000.  Each year around April 1st, book lovers around the world turn their passion for literature into edible creations to commemorate the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du Goût, a witty meditation on food.

At Ursinus, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to create an edible entry and bring it to the library on Monday, April 3rd for viewing, voting, (and tasting!) by the Ursinus community.  The only requirements are that the creation must have a literary connection and should be made mostly from edible ingredients.  Entries could look like a book, be a play on its title or be inspired by its contents.  View photos of previous years’ entries in Digital Commons to whet your appetite and spark your imagination.

This year, we are asking entrants to submit a photo of their entry by Sunday evening, April 2nd and bring the creation to Myrin Library for display and voting by 11 am on Monday, April 3.

Voting will take place electronically, with cash prizes awarded in the following categories:

  • Most Popular (winner: $100; runner-up: $50)
  • Best Book Representation: $25
  • Funniest: $25
  • Most Appetizing: $25
  • Least Appetizing: $25

For more information, and to participate in this year’s festival, visit the EBF event page.

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Christine Iannicelli
Associate Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services

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