Event—Public Programming

Fourth Annual Edible Books Festival


Please join us for the Newberry's Fourth Annual Edible Book Festival!

What is the "Edible Books Festival," you ask?
From the official website: "April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. Held on or around April 1st, this international festival is celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book; it is also a deeper reflexion on our attachment to food and our cultural differences."

Newberry Staff, Fellows, Scholars, Students, and Community members are all invited to participate!

As long as your "book" is edible, your inspiration can come from a favorite book, book title, pun or even a book shape or form!

All edible books will be photographed and judged before the eating begins!

Colloquium attendees will vote on their favorites in the following categories:

  • Best Depiction of a Classic
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • William F. Poole Award for Most Challenging Item to Catalog
  • People's Choice Best in Show
  • Newberry Departmental Challenge

Even if you don't have time to make your own edible entry, we hope you will bring a brown bag lunch and join us in admiring, judging, and eating the delicious creations!

**The fine print: Each participant may submit one individual entry and/or one team entry for the 2017 Edible Books Festival.**

Entry forms will be sent out the week of March 20th. Please contact Lesa Dowd at dowdl@newberry.org with any questions.