Warm up your ovens: Edible Books Contest March 31

Good night moonpiesSkillman Library is hosting its annual Edible Books Contest on Friday, March 31 to celebrate the April 1 birthday of French gastronome and author Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin and April Fools’ Day. Everyone is invited to submit entries made of edible materials and relating to books—by form, literary inspiration, or subject. For example, books might have waffles or graham crackers for pages or be in the shape of a scroll. A book made of Greek pastry might be a “booklava.” Winners from past contests at Lafayette include "Goodnight Moonpies," "Banana Karenina", "Tart of Darkness", and "The Pound and the Fury." Team entries are welcome. More information and inspiration can be found on the flickr site from last year's contest or the International Edible Book Festival's website.

Even if you decide not to submit an entry, join us to vote for the People's Choice award and to help us consume the edible books.

Schedule, March 31

10:45am: Deadline for entries to be dropped off in the Simon Room at Skillman Library
11:00am-11:45am: Public preview, photography & judging, including People’s Choice voting
12-1pm: Awarding of prizes and eating of the edible books

Award Categories

Most Creative
Most Humorous
Best Student Entry
People’s Choice
Best in Show


Simon Tonev, Director of Institutional Research and Co-host, Various Breads and Butters Podcast
Serena Powell '17, Anthropology & Sociology Major and Library Student Employee
Nestor Gil, Assistant Professor of Art and Breadbaker


Entry forms can be printed and brought with entries or completed at Skillman Library on the day of the contest.


610-330-5155 or refdesk@lafayette.edu