The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival on Monday, April 3, 2023.
This year saw an impressive 22 entries from students, librarians, faculty and staff throughout the university and from the Cincinnati community. There are few restrictions in creating an edible book – namely that the creation be edible and have something to do with a book. Submitted entries include intriguing titles such as “Hello, Lighthouse,” “Banned Books” and “Blue Water.” Along with classics “Catcher in the Rye” and “The Four Million.” Animal-named books are popular this year with “Bone Dog from Nettle and Bone”, “The Nest”, “Grey Bees”, “Ducks” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Out-of-this-world titles “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “An Immense World” will have people looking up. Thrillers such as “My Heart is a Chainsaw,” “Frankenstein” and “1984” may frighten attendees, while numerous children’s books will make people smile with such titles as “Winnie The Pooh”, “Cheese? Save some for me please,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “The Grump Truck” and “The Day the Crayons Quit.”
In addition to promoting the reading of books, we also use this event to promote and “judge” the creativity of our colleagues and friends in creating edible books. Once again, your entries are remarkable. The two esteemed judges were Meni Johnson, senior human resources coordinator, and Isabelle Brun, student assistant in the College of Engineering and Applied Science Library. And the winners are…