Library hosts Hawai'i Edible Book Contest

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Teri L Skillman-Kashyap, (808) 956-8688
Events & Communications Coordinator, Library Services
Posted: Mar 18, 2010

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library invites you to participate in the Hawai‘i Edible Book Contest at UH Mānoa's Sinclair Library in support of the Hawaiʻi Food Bank on Thursday, April 1, 2010.  April Fools’ Day is the perfect day to eat your words and cook up a book to be consumed!

Create a delicious, edible book -- imagine a yummy version of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.  Starting at 8:00 a.m., Edible Book entries may be delivered to Sinclair Library.  Bring a contribution for the Hawaiʻi Food Bank to receive an entry pass to view the Edible Book Contest.  Judging for prizes and viewing will begin at 12 noon.  Enjoy a world banquet where delicious, surprising bookish foods will be consumed at 1:00 p.m.

Great prizes will be awarded including “Most Book Like,” “Best Use of Chocolate,” “Best Book in UH Library,” and “People’s Choice.”  Create something edible to represent movies or music in the Library’s collections to compete for a special “Audible Arts” Award.

To enter the contest, (1) complete the Edible Book Entry Form, (2) bring a contribution for the Hawaiʻi Food Bank (canned goods or $ donation), and, (3) bring your Edible Book to Sinclair Library between 8:00-11:30 a.m.  The Edible Book Entry Form is available on Hamilton Library’s website on the upcoming events page.

The Hawai‘i Edible Book Contest is part of The International Edible Book Festival (, a global celebration founded in honor of French gastronome, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826).  Famous for his book, Physiologie du goūt, a witty meditation on food, Brillat-Savarin’s birthday was April 1st.  It is the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the "books" are consumed following the judging at the contest.  This ephemeral global banquet, in which anyone can participate, is shared by all on the internet, and allows everyone to preserve and discover unique bookish nourishments.  This contest is a celebration our love of food, our love of books and our cultural diversity.

For more information, contact Teri Skillman at 956-8688 or email

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