Hungry?! Create an Edible Book for the International Edible Books Festival!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Best Student Entry 2016.

It’s time once again for the fan favorite International Edible Books Festival scheduled for 1-2 p.m., Tues, April 4, in Langsam Library’s 5th floor lobby. UC Libraries is seeking people interested in creating an edible book for the enjoyment (and consumption) of all in attendance. There are few restrictions – namely that your creation be edible and have something to do with a book – so you may let your creativity run wild.

As in previous years, entries will be judged according to such categories as “Most Delicious,” “Most Creative,” “Most Checked Out” and “Most Literary.” Special prizes will be awarded for the “Best Student” entry and “Best Overall” entry.

If you are interested in creating an edible book, e-mail melissa.norris@uc.edu by Tuesday, March 28 with your name and the title of your creation.

Looking for inspiration? Visit UC Libraries on Facebook to see photos from the 2016 festival.

Join Us October 11 for “Genre Genius in Cincinnati: From SciFi to Hybrid Forms”

books by the banksIn partnership with the Books by the Banks festival, the College of Arts and Sciences and UC Libraries are co-hosting a group of panel sessions on Tuesday, October 11 on the fourth floor of Langsam Library from 2-5 p.m. “Genre Genius in Cincinnati: From SciFi to Hybrid Forms” will focus on science fiction and fantasy, comics and graphic novels, and the mixed mastery of hybrid forms. Attendees are invited to come to listen, learn, and share, and to stay for a casual writers’ lounge celebrating Cincinnati creatives and their community. The panels are free and open to all. Continue reading

Come to Langsam Connect on October 28 to Design Your Own Book Jacket

By Josh Beckelhimer, student assistant worker in Langsam Library

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Booksellers began using book jackets, or “Dust Jackets,” during the 19th century to protect books, often made with expensive materials like silk. Initially, they were thrown away after their new owner brought them home. They gradually became decorative, and with the addition of the author picture and biography, eventually became integral to the advertising of books. After World War I it was common practice for top artists to design book jackets. Book jackets provide their own flair and personality to a book apart from what’s inside. They give the reader an idea of the book’s essence.

The Other Wes Moore book jacket

The Other Wes Moore book jacket

Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm, join us by the Triceracopter on the 4th floor of Langsam Library to design a book jacket of your own and enjoy autumnal snacks!

Choose a book that made a personal impact on you, design the jacket and put your personality into it. Bring your creativity to capture the essence of the book and the essence of its effect on your life.

You don’t have to be a top artist to make it personal to you! We will also be hearing the story behind the title selection for The Other Wes Moore.

Join UC Libraries October 17 at Books by the Banks

books by the banks logoOn Saturday, October 17, the 9th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will take place downtown at Duke Energy Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once again, UC Libraries is an organizing partner of the literary event that allows readers to meet and greet favorite authors.

The day-long festival will feature over 100 regional and national authors, book signings, author panels and activities for the entire family to enjoy. The popular “Writing and Getting Published” series returns this year with panel discussions covering hot topics for writers and workshops to help hone the craft of writing. All events are free and open to the public. Continue reading

Dean’s Corner: The Journey to Looking East

Hong Shen and Margo Taft Stever

“Looking East” authors Hong Shen and Margo Taft Stever

Late last month, UC Libraries celebrated the publication of the new English-language edition of Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods.  This book, co-authored by Margo Taft Stever, James Taft Stever and Hong Shen, spotlights a little known but important historical event in U.S.-Asian relations.  The publication was commemorated with a book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, as well as a donor event hosted by the library, which took place on the 400 level of Langsam Library.  These events provided UC Libraries with the opportunity to connect with the broader donor community, while celebrating an accomplishment three years in the making.

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