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WHEN: Monday, April 9, 2018
3:00-4:00 p.m.: Setup
4:00-5:00 p.m.: Reception, viewing and voting
5:00-5:15 p.m.: Tallying of votes
5:15-5:30 p.m.: Presentation of awards
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Extended viewing
6:30-7:00 p.m.: Teardown

WHERE: Marvin Foyer (main floor, north side)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Illinois
map and parking

Along with celebrating the 60th anniversary of National Library Week, this year Booth Library will be holding its 8th annual Edible Book Festival. In 2011, Library Services faculty member Todd Bruns organized EIU’s first-ever festival as the kickoff event for National Library Week.

The idea of the “edible book” was developed by librarian Judith Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron, who held the first international event in 2000. According to the Books2Eat website, “The only rule is to make edible art that has something to do with books as shapes and/or content.”

All members of the EIU community are invited to participate in this event. The Edible Book Festival is free of charge, both to enter the contest and to attend, view and vote on the entries.

All edible book entries are eligible to win one of two best-in-show prizes, one determined by a jury and the other by popular vote of the festival attendees.The winners for each best-in-show entry will receive a $50 gift card. Honorable mentions will also be awarded.

Interested in entering, but don’t know where to begin? Try the Theme Challenge! This year’s theme is: PEEPS. (Please note that the theme challenge is intended as a starting point to inspire ideas and creativity; participation is optional.)

The registration form for this year’s festival is available online; the deadline to enter is April 6.  Entries from previous years can be viewed in The Keep, EIU’s institutional repository.

Questions about the 2018 Edible Book Festival may be directed to event organizer Ellen Corrigan at ekcorrigan@eiu.edu.