Students, faculty and staff eat their words at International Edible Book Festival

Event takes place April 1 in the library | April 1, 2008

The second International Edible Book Festival is taking place on Tuesday, April 1, on the first floor of the library. All works must be edible and have something to do with books: look like a book, include text to read, or illustrate a theme taken from a book or book title. The "books" are being displayed from 2:00 p.m.-2:30 pm. Afterwards, participants can eat the entries. 

The International Edible Book Festival is held annually around April 1. In addition to the United States, countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Russia have participated in the festival. Hong Kong has just announced its participation in 2007.

April 1 is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. This 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 festival is a celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book. It is also a deeper reflection on attachment to food and cultural differences.