The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival on April 1, 2019.
Twenty edible books were created by students, faculty, staff, librarians, friends and family. The entries ranged from children’s books to literary classics to popular fiction and self-help books. The edible books were made of cakes, cookies, candy, deviled eggs and even carrots. Each entry was judged by our esteemed judges Debbie Tenofsky and Mary Anne McMillan and awarded a bookmark.
Created by librarian Judith A. Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron, the International Edible Books Festival is held worldwide annually on or around April 1st to mark the birthday of Jean Brillat-Savarin, author of The Physiology of Taste. The global event has been celebrated since 2000 in various parts of the world, including in Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Russia and Hong Kong.
UC Libraries has participated in the International Edible Books Festival since 2001. The 2019 winners ares:
Most Humorous – After the Party by Olya Hart
Most Whimsical – The Monster at the End of This Book by Melissa Cox Norris
Most Literary – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Ben Kline and Aaron Libby
Most Creative – The Giving Tree by Jessica Ebert
Most Magical – Good Night Moon by Michelle Matevia
Most Adorable – Owl Moon by Debbie Weinstein
Most Clever – The Amazing Spider-Man by Sam Norris
Most Delicious – All New Square Foot Gardening by Luahna Winningham Carter
Most Deadly – Where the Red Fern Grows by Jack Norris
Most Checked Out – Green Eggs and Ham by Sami Scheidler
Most Fun – Middlemarch by Steve Norris
Most Taboo – Human Resources or was it Human Remains by Aja Hickman
Scariest – Ring by Holly Prochaska
Most Imaginative – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Jenny Mackiewicz
Silliest – Too Many Carrots by Melissa Cox Norris
Most Outrageous – A Dance with Dragons by Sam Kane
Best Overall – A Series of Unfortunate Cupcakes by the Warren Family
Best Student Entry – The Little Prince by Emma Duhamel and Eli Seidman-Deutsch
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 2020!
Celebrate books good enough to eat at the International Edible Books Festival set for 1 p.m., Monday, April 1.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries will celebrate the International Edible Books Festival with an event scheduled from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in the fifth floor lobby of the Walter C. Langsam Library.
At the event, over 20 participants will present their edible creations that represent a book in some form. 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 edible titles such as Food: A Love Story and A Series of Unfortunate Cupcakes. Best sellers The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Giving Tree are represented alongside classics like Middlemarch, Where the Red Fern Grows and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, among other literary greats.
As in past years, entries will be judged according to such categories as “Most Literary,” “Most Delicious,” “Most Hilarious” and “Most Gruesome.” In addition, the winners of “Top Student Entry” and “Best Overall Entry” will receive a limited edition UC Libraries t-shirt. After the entries are judged they will be consumed and enjoyed by all in attendance.
According to the International Edible Book Festival website, the edible book was initiated by librarian and artist Judith A. Hoffberg during a 1999 Thanksgiving celebration with book artists. It became an international celebration in 2000 when artist Béatrice Coron launched the Books2Eat website. Traditionally, the event is celebrated on April 1st (April Fools’ Day) to mark the birthday of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), a French lawyer and politician who became famous for his book, Physiologie du gout (The Physiology of Taste). To view images of the 2018 edible books, visit the Libraries Facebook page.
The Libraries International Edible Books Festival is free and open to the public. It is sponsored in part by Books by the Banks: Cincinnati Regional Book Festival.
Come to celebrate (and eat) “books good enough to eat!”
Join the John Miller Burnam Classics Library, Thursday, March 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in celebrating the life and work of the Greek comedy playwright Aristophanes.
The evening will include remarks by Rebecka Lindau, head of the Classics Library; a brief presentation of Aristophanes’ life and work by Susan Prince, associate professor of classics; and a reading of the play Lysistrata in Jeffrey Henderson’s Loeb translation, under the direction of Brant Russell, assistant professor of acting. The play will feature students from both UC’s Classics Department and from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). True to ancient Greek drama, music will further accompany the entrances and exits of the chorus and interludes, under the direction of Yo Shionoya, a graduate student in CCM.
The evening will conclude with a reception including Greek food.
The event will be presided over by the Greek god Dionysus who will greet all revelers at the door. The Classics Library will also feature a book exhibition with works of Aristophanes, including rare editions.
Three recent articles from faculty and staff working in or with the university’s Digital Scholarship Center demonstrate the transdisciplinary, enterprise-wide research mission of the center. In these three articles, topics include information science, new media and communications, and digital scholarship/digital humanities:
The University of Cincinnati’s Digital Scholarship Center, located in the Walter C. Langsam Library, is a joint venture between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Libraries.
On campus and in the community, the DSC serves as a catalyst for hybrid forms of research and teaching, bringing together humanistic methods with technical innovations to test paradigms and to create new knowledge at the boundary between disciplines as they are conventionally imagined in humanities.
In celebration of Black History Month, UC Libraries is holding an event featuring author Carol Tongue Mack who will discuss her book Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within. In her memoir, Carol Tonge Mack takes us on a journey from a small town in Antigua to the streets of the South Bronx to private college life in New England to a career in academia.
February 27, 2:00 – 3:00pm, 465 Walter C. Langsam Library
The program will also include a book giveaway, cultural food favorites, spoken word poetry and student-shared study abroad experiences. The event is free and open to all.
Carol Tonge Mack is an accomplished leader in higher education. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has a longstanding commitment to mentoring and graduating scores of students, creating innovative strategies for success, empowering women to lead regardless of their position and collaborating with community stakeholders.
Currently, Carol is an assistant dean at the University of Cincinnati with the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). For the past six years, she served as the college conduct administrator for academic misconduct and works collaboratively with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. She is the co-founder of the University of Cincinnati’s Black Women on the Move, an employee resource group designed to create systematic and holistic changes university-wide to support and empower Black female staff members. Carol also built the university’s first Cultural Competence Workshop Series for the academic advising staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.
And don’t miss – a table display featuring African-American authors and poets on display on the 4th floor of Langsam Library.
Come out Thursday, Feb. 21, 6-8pm, at the African American Cultural & Resource Center and be inspired by the stories of black women authors as they share insight on their journey to becoming published. This event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by UC Black Women on the Move and the University of Cincinnati Libraries. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins at email@example.com.
Light refreshments will be served. The panelists’ books will be available for purchase.
A new shipment of concrete poetry books has arrived in the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). Titles by John M. Bennett, Jim Leftwich, Robin Crozier, César Figueiredo, Serge Segay and others.
Make an appointment with Interim DAAP Library Head Elizabeth Meyer or librarian Andrea Chemero to view them.
When she’s not providing reference service and fulfilling the needs and requests of library users, Brianna Williams, student worker in the Walter C. Langsam Library’s Research, Teaching and Services Department, is, among other things, a poet. She recently had three poems published in Call + Response, a student-run literary and arts journal providing a creative hub for new and emerging artists of color. You can read Bri’s poems online at https://callandresponsejou.wixsite.com/candr/art-lit/three-poems-by-brianna-williams.
In this year’s annual Progress Report, we make note of the accomplishments of the previous year, as well as take a holistic view of UC Libraries since the Strategic Plan was launched five years ago. We celebrate the continued success of annual events that promote library collections and services, highlight milestones of major library initiatives and feature library spaces.
Integral to fulfilling the work of the Strategic Plan is the dedication of the faculty and staff of UC Libraries along with the investment of our donors. By highlighting the accomplishments of our hard-working staff and listing the current donors, both groups are recognized and celebrated in this Progress Report.
Finally, if all of the accomplishments listed in this report signal that we are at least on the road to transformation than we must ask ourselves the question…what’s next?