Edible Books Festival at UI Libraries | Bibliophiles & Foodies Come Together for This International Festival

The Book of Pi by Stephanie Krause and Robert Christie

You’ve probably been to a wine tasting, but what about a book tasting? Well, now’s your chance! The University of Iowa Libraries is hosting the Edible Books Festival in the University of Iowa Main Library Learning Commons, Group Study Rooms 1103 and 1105 in the South Lobby from 3 to 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 1. Anyone can enter a book-inspired edible creation to exhibit and, of course, eat.

Every April 1, bibliophiles and food lovers all over the world unite to celebrate bookish nourishment during the annual International Edible Books Festival. The timing is no coincidence. As the festival’s site says, “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. April Fools’ day is also the perfect day to eat your words….” Participants can do just that by creating edible books or foods inspired by books, to be exhibited, photographed, and then consumed. Entries in the University of Iowa Edible Books Festival will be judged by the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Michael Knock, UI Center for the Book’s Emily Martin, and UI Libraries Special Collections Librarian Colleen Theisen.

For more information or to enter, contact Brett Cloyd at brett-cloyd@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-5743.