University Library

University Library Edible Books Event

What is an Edible Books Event?

This offbeat competition was started in 1999 by Judith A. Hoffberg and has since become an international event featured on radio, television, and newspapers. 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.

When is University Library's Edible Books Event?

University Library will accept entries from Wednesday, March 10 until 8:00am on Thursday, March 25. Voting will open Sunday morning, March 28 and run through Sunday, April 4, with the winners announced on the Employee HUB and Student Announcements on Tuesday, April 6 during National Library Week.

Participants will compete for $50 gift cards for each category. The categories are as follows:

  • Best in Show: overall best presentation of food
  • Most Creative Interpretation: overall best interpretation of a title or cover
  • Best Student Entry: favorite entry from student submissions

How Can I participate?

Email Megan Kickbush, kickbushm@xavier.edu 2 or 3 pictures of your entry. You must be in one of the pictures (to be ready to announce winners). 1 or 2 close up pictures of your entry will aid the judging. The email should also include the title and author of the book, your name, and your status (faculty/staff or student).

If you have any questions, please email Megan Kickbush.


Edible Books Past Best in Show

2021: The Shining

2021 Entries

2020: Catching Fire

2020 Entries

2019: We Are the Gardeners

2019 Entries

2018: The Spider Weaver

2018 Entries

2017: Bunny Cakes

2017 Entries

2016: Picnic

2016 Entries