Edible Book Festival 

Duke University Libraries

The Edible Book Festival is on hiatus for 2015. The Conservation Department is extremely busy helping to prepare the collections for the move into the renovated Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. We apologize for any disappointment.

Welcome to the annual Edible Book Festival sponsored by the Duke University Libraries Conservation Department. The International Edible Book Festival is in April every year. Since 1999, bookbinders and bibliophiles have been creating books made of edible materials for everyone to enjoy. We have one rule only: Make edible art that has something to do with books as shapes or content. Get information and inspiration from the International Festival website.

Our festivities include:

  • Edible Book Festival entries
  • Refreshments
  • A silent auction to benefit the Duke University Libraries Memorial Fund (in honor of Helene Baumann)
  • Voting on favorite entries 
  • Prizes for the winner of each category

Prize categories:

  • Best In Show
  • Best Student Entry (K-college)
  • Least Edible
  • Most Edible
  • Punniest
  • Entry that looks and/or functions most like a real book

We wish to thank the following for donating the 2014 Edible Book Festival Prizes:

Duke University Archives
Duke University Libraries

Gothic Bookshop
Duke University Stores

To participate:

  • Contact Beth Doyle, head of the Conservation Services Department
  • Call the Conservation Lab at (919) 660-5906
  • Deliver your entry to Perkins 217 no later than 1:30pm on April 1, 2014

View past festivals:

Bon Appetit and Happy Binding!