The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival for the 16th year on April 3, 2018.
A record 27 entries were created by students, faculty, staff, librarians, friends and family. This year included two mother-daughter teams and entire families participating. The edible books ranged from children’s books to literary classics to popular fiction and were made of cakes, cookies, candy, Peeps and even kale. Each entry was judged by our esteemed judges Lucille Schultz and Chris Wick and awarded a bookmark.
The winners are:
- Most Taboo – The Blue Lagoon, Ben Kline
- Most Fun – The Poky Little Puppy, Regina, Regan and Eliza Tassell
- Most Timely – Curious George at the Baseball Game, Debbie Weinstein
- Most Humorous – Humpty Dumpty, Melissa Cox Norris
- Most Checked Out – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Jack Norris
- Most Surprising – Day of the Dinosaurs, Sam Norris
- Scariest – Crime and Punishment, Steve Norris
- Most Gruesome – How to Eat Fried Worms, Holly Prochaska
- Most Abstract – A Feast for Crows, Sam Kane
- Most Scandalous – The Help, Alison Trimbur
- Most Adorable – I Love You For You, Heather and Sophia Lester
- Most Creative – The Catcher (Ketchup) in the Rye, Sara Mihaly
- Most Imaginative – Abuela’s Weave, Elaine Ignatius
- Most Clever – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Luahna Winningham Carter
- Most Literal – The Three Musketeers, Lisa Haitz
- Most Original – Invisible Man, Cade Stevens
- Most Colorful – Parenting the Other Chick’s Eggs, Olga Hart
- Olga Hart – Carrots and Sticks – Most Whimsical
- Most Literary – Gone with the Wind, Jenny Mackiewicz
- Most Delicious – Not Quite Narwhal, Becky Leporati
- Silliest – “Food in Blue” from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Natalie Paine
- Most Deadly – “Life Cycles” from Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World, Tania Paine
- Most Magical – “A Golden Toad” from Fable Haven Rise of the Evening Star, Hope Merritt
- Most Honorable – The Right Stuff, Maureen France
- Most Mysterious – Christen Barbercheck, A Wrinkle in Time
- Best Student Entry – ChickaChicka YumYum, Ellie Alfieri and Ava Lotterer
- Best Overall – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jessica Ebert
Congratulations to all the edible books creators! View the entries and the winners on the UC Libraries Facebook page. See you next year for Edible Books 2019!
In addition to the enjoyment of viewing and eating the edible books, event attendees had the opportunity to see the latest UC Libraries exhibit – The Lucille M. Schultz Archive of 19th-Century Composition. For the third consecutive year, Kelly Blewett, a doctoral candidate in rhetoric and composition at UC, along with her colleague and fellow graduate student Ian Golding, collaborated with the Libraries to create an exhibit displayed to debut at Edible Books. The exhibit, designed by communications DAAP design co-op student Sam Kane, celebrates the recent donation to the university by professor emeritus Lucille M. Schultz of an archive of 19th-century textbooks collected while she researched her award-winning book The Young Composers. To write her book, which analyzes writing curriculum for children and demonstrates its continued relevance today, Lucy visited dozens of archives where she was fascinated by the lively illustrations and unusual writing prompts in the old textbooks. Lucy’s archive is available via the university’s digital repository Scholar@UC. In addition, Lucy is a long-time volunteer in the Preservation Lab.