Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. —Sir Francis Bacon, English author (1561 – 1626)
We’re holding our first ever EDIBLE BOOK CONTEST here at Tales of the Lonesome Pine, and we’re really looking forward to it!
What is an edible book, you ask? Well, it is a clever and consumable representation of a book that you liked. For example:
All of these are edible book contest entries from other places, and they’re all lovely. (I suppose Twilight was inevitable, yes?) Anyway, bring your edible book to Tales of the Lonesome Pine’s Second Story Cafe Saturday, June 21 for 2 pm and join the fun. Judging will be done by our guest shopsitter Janelle Bailey (a staff member of the Wisconsin Book Festival and high school English teacher). Janelle and her two youngest daughters will be minding the shop for a week while Jack is in Scotland. She will be joined in judging by Second Story’s official dessert baker Erin Dalton, who is pretty much Emily Dickenson reincarnated.
Still confused about how to make an edible book? You can google the concept – there are lots of great pictures out there – and here are the rules:
- Everyone can participate: the young, the old, the professional and non-professional, residents and non-residents, and even groups.
- Entries must be book-related. Examples of this can be found online.
- Entries can be made out of anything, as long as it is edible.
- Entries must be family-friendly.
- Entry is free and does not require pre-registration. Just bring your edible book to the shop for display at 2 pm. (If you’re going to need to assemble it here, come earlier. We regret that you may not enter the cafe kitchen, but we can loan you some basic tools or heat something if you need us to. You’re not allowed in the kitchen. Health stuff.)
- Winner will receive either a free weekend trip to a mountain cabin, or a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore – winner’s choice. All entries will receive a $10 gift certificate to the bookstore.
So get cracking and make us an edible book of such tastefulness as will set Big Stone Gap talking – not that that takes much, but you get the idea. Come one, come all, and let’s have some fun.