UC Libraries Dean and University Librarian Victoria Montavon emceed the event, noting there were nearly two dozen entries for 2010 created by UC librarians, students and staff.
The creations were judged by Mark Palkovic, head of the Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library, and A&S student Nayla Pica, a student peer mentor for Langsam Library’s Info Commons. Each of them was awarded in different categories.
The “Best Overall” category was awarded to Suzette Combs, director, Pre-Professional Advising Center, and Marie Knecht, program coordinator, UC Parents Association, for their edible interpretation of “Caps for Sale,” by Esphyr Slobodkina. The “Best Overall Student Category” was awarded to A&S student James Finnigan, for his edible creation of “The Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet,” by Darrin Doyle. The creation included a caramel-filled “poison” apple and a chocolate-filled “syringe.”
The entry, “A Day No Pigs Would Die,” created by DAAP student Jacob Gartin, included a description of the ingredients, which were vegan and all-kosher. Book creators representing the College of Law Library jokingly wore face masks around their creation, “Toxic Torts in a Nutshell.”
The International Edible Book Festival Web site states the festival was initiated by librarian and artist Judith A. Hoffberg. It became an international sensation in 2000 when artist Béatrice Coron launched the Books2Eat Web site. Traditionally, the event is celebrated on April 1 to mark the birthday of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), a French lawyer and politician who became famous for his book, “Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste).” Only a few rules apply – the event must be celebrated on or near April Fool’s Day, creations must be edible, and they must reflect a literary work.
Cleanup from the event went quickly. After the awards were announced, the displays were devoured. Here were the entries in UC’s 2010 International Edible Books Festival:
Edible Books Participants 2010
(Listed by prize, creator, title – some with an edible twist – and author)
Susan Boland, associate librarian, College of Law Library – “Toxic Torts in a Nutshell,” by Jean Macchiaroli Eggen
Katrina Bowling-Bergman, circulation and student supervisor for the UC Chemisty-Biology Library – “2010: Cake Odyssey II”
Stephanie Bricking, research associate, Health Sciences Library –“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” by Laura Numeroff
Megan Carroll, assistant, Web Communications – “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Suzette Combs, director, Pre-Professional Advising Center, and Marie Knecht, program coordinator, UC Parents Association – “Caps for Sale,” by Esphyr Slobodkina
Jessica Ebert, preservation services, Langsam Library – “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,” by Laura Numeroff
Best Use of Ingrediants/Best Overall Student Category
A&S student James Finnigan – “The Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet,” by Darrin Doyle
DAAP student Jacob Gartin – “A Day No Pigs Would Die,” by Robert Newton Peck
Katie Joyce, Social Work student – “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell
Sarah Maguire and College of Engineering and Applied Science student Brian McLaughlin – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” by J.K. Rowling
Most Checked Out
Sarah Maguire and College of Engineering and Applied Science student Brian McLaughlin – Harry Potter and the Deathly Mallows,” by J.K. Rowling
Sara Mihaly, library associate, DAAP Library – “Obey: Supply and Demand, the Art of Shepard Fairey”
Most Well Crafted
Lauren Mills, program coordinator, UC Libraries – “The Mad Hatter’s Hat from Alice in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll
Linda Newman, associate senior librarian, UC Libraries – “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal,” by Eric Schlosser
Linda Newman, associate senior librarian, UC Libraries – “Disintegration of Persistence of Memory,” by Salvador Dali.
Truest to Form
Melissa Cox Norris, director of library communications, UC Libraries – “The Thorn Birds,” by Colleen McCullough
Holly Prochaska, head, Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library – “In Cold Blood,” by Truman Capote
Holly Prochaska, head, Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library – “Duck! Rabbit!” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Edith Starbuck, senior research associate, Health Sciences Library, Marilyn Wehri, and Marty Harrington – “Guess the title,” which was “Race to the South Pole”
Deborah Weinstein, director, business affairs, Student Affairs and Services – “Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Josh, Katie, Livie and Tim Zack (family of Senior Librarian Debbie Tenofsky) – “The Ultimate Lego Book”
In addition to celebrations around the United States, the 2010 International Edible Books Festival included celebrations in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Singapore and Sweden.