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Posted: March 10, 2015

Eat a good book: Enter the Edible Book Festival at Portland Public Library April 3

Written by: Shannon Bryan
"To Grill a Mockingbird," a submission in the 2014 Edible Book Festival (and my favorite). Shannon Bryan photo

“To Grill a Mockingbird,” a submission in the 2014 Edible Book Festival (and my favorite). Shannon Bryan photo

Eaten any good books lately?

Maybe you’ve historically been more of a book reader than a book eater, but it’s never too late to expand from bibliophile to bibliovore.

In fact, you can start next month.

The Portland Public Library is seeking submissions for the annual Edible Book Festival on April 3. No one’s really going to eat a book (at least, no one’s tried yet). The Edible Book Festival invites creative readers/writers/book fans to make a dish that gives a nod to a book title, poem, character or simply has something to do with a book or poem. And it must be edible.

For example, check out some of the 2014 entrees. I mean entries:

Here are the details:

The Edible Book Festival will be held during the First Friday Art Walk in the Atrium at the Portland Public Library on April 3.  The edible books will be on exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m and members of the public can vote for their favorite. People’s Choice Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. and afterward, everyone can dig in and eat those books.

It’s free to participate in the Edible Book Festival. To register, contact Harper Chance at or 871-1700 ext. 756. Edible books need to be dropped off between 4 and 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

And remember, life’s too short to eat bad books.

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