Thursday, March 24, 2005

You Can "Eat Your Words" at the 3rd Annual Edible Book Festival, Friday April 1st

If you have a taste for great literature, Western Carolina University is offering a chance for insatiable readers to really dig in.

Kim Ponder takes a bite of her book "Snap, Crackle and Pop" at the 2004 Edible Book Festival.

Hunter Library is asking members of the university and surrounding communities to fork over their most creative ideas for the 3rd Annual Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 1.

You can bring your munchable manuscripts to the library lobby between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day. The edibles will remain on display from 3 until 4 p.m. for photos, judging and prizes. After that, authors, creators and friends will have a chance to eat their words on the spot.

As part of this year's festival, North Carolina's poet (or palate) laureate, Kathryn S. Byer, will be on tap to help with the judging. (No word yet on whether she'll consume a piece of poetry.)

Dana Edge, reference librarian at Hunter Library who is helping to organize this year's Edible Book Festival, says the event is inspired by artist Judith A. Hoffberg and honors the birth of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, author of “The Physiology of Taste or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy” – a classic treatise on food. It also helps that the event always falls on April Fools Day, so you can take it with a grain of salt.

Past winners of the moveable feast have been Western biology professor Jim Costa for his “Home Library” and reference librarian Heidi Buchanan for her “Frank In Stein.”

For more information, call Dana Edge at (828) 227-3413.