Eat any good books lately?
So asks the news release from the Univeristy of Pittsburgh announcing that the University Library System is holding its annual Edible Book Fest this Thursday, April 10.
Above is an entry from last year's. Then School of Information Sciences grad student Magna Esposito made this homage to "The Night Circus," a 2011 fantasy novel by Erin Morgenstern, using white cake and buttercream with fondant and chocolate accents.
Here are the details of this year's event:
The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has a tasty way of celebrating the world of books and preparing for National Library Week (April 13-19). Its sixth annual Edible Book Fest will take place April 10 at the Cup and Chaucer Cafe, ground floor of Hillman Library, 3960 Forbes Ave., Oakland.
Contestants are asked to design an edible creation inspired by a book, literary character, or scene and bring it to the café between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Festival-goers can view the entries and vote on a favorite between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Then awards and prizes will be given out, and the entries will be sliced up and eaten!
The International Edible Book Festival was launched in 2000 and now takes place in 20 countries around the globe.
The University of Pittsburgh Library System is the 22nd largest academic library system in North America. Under the administration of the Hillman University Librarian, it includes 14 libraries and holds more than 6.7 million volumes, world specialized collections, and major foreign language materials from around the world. The ULS offers state-of-the-art facilities and services, including innovative digital library collections and services and a robust Open Access publishing program. Visit www.library.pitt.edu for more information.
Top: Justin Pastrick/University Library System photo. Below, Tony Tye/Post-Gazette photo from the Whitehall Public Library's 2012 Edible Book Festival. Whitehall's Jane Hatfield won Adult Best in Show and Adult People's Choice for her adaptation of "The Giant Jam Sandwich." People's Choice for her adaptation of "The Giant Jam Sandwich."