In celebration of National Library Week 2020, Musselman Library held its seventh annual Edible Books Festival-- virtually! Due to the campus closure, this year's participants sent in photos of their creations that the community voted on via social media. Since voters were not able to taste the submissions, the library did not award the "Best Taste" prize. Instead, we introduced a new category: "Best Use of Limited Quarantine Supplies"! "Best Look" went to "Le Petit Four for Le Petit Prince", contributed by Madeleine Miller '20. Meggan Smith '04 was awarded "Punniest" for her submission "Peeps Like a River". "Best Use of Limited Quarantine Supplies" went to Donna Skekel for "Agatha Cookies: And Then There Were None", and "Best in Show" was awarded to Kim Longfellow '16 for "One Fish, Two Fish, BREAD Fish, Blue Fish."In 2019, "Best Taste" was awarded to Kelly Lynch's "Who Moved My Cheese (Cake)?" Robin Wagner's "A Hemingway Double Header: A Farewell to Arms and A [re]Moveable Feast [Feet]" received the "Punniest" award. "Best Look" was awarded to John Dettinger's "When You Are Engulfed In Flames." "Best In Show" went to Lauren Bradford's "All Quiet on the Western Bunt."
In 2018, Kelly Lynch's "The Snowy Day" was named Best in Show, and Kate Martin's "Treasure Island" received Best Look. Lynn and Jeremy Garskof's "A Beef History of Time" took Best Taste, and Kayla Morrow's "Lonesome Dove" was declared the Punniest.
In 2017, "Best Taste" was awarded to Kate Martin's "The Particular Sadness of a Lemon Cake." Mallory Jallas's "Fight Club (Sandwiches)" received the "Punniest" award, while Kenzie Smith '20's "The Secret Life of Bees" received "Best Look" and Klara Shive's "Life of Pi" Best in Show.
The 2016 festival saw "Best Taste" go to Amanda Richman's Love in the Time of Caramel", while Catherine Perry's The House of the Spirits won the "Punniest" award. "Best Look" and "Best in Show" meanwhile both went to Meredith Malburne-Wade's The Wonderful World of Oz.
In the 2015 festival, Justin Betts' Dragonlance Chronicles and Celia Hartz's The Tell Tale Heart tied for the "Best Taste" award. The "Punniest" award went to Mallory Jallas for Game of Scones. "Best in Show" went to Amy Dailey's A Confederacy of Dunces.
Entries for the first Edible Books Festival in 2014 ranged from children’s books (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss) to classics (Catch-22 by Joseph Heller) to current bestsellers (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone won for "Most Appetizing," and Little Women won for "Most Creative."