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Thursday, April 7, 2005

SU Celebrates International Edible Book Festival April 11

SALISBURY, MD---“The Old Man and the Seafood”? “The Catcher in the Rye Bread”? For one hour only, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, the Salisbury University Art Department celebrates the International Edible Book Festival with an exhibit of student artwork in the “tasty literature” genre. The display of books made from foodstuffs is in Fulton Hall Room 128. Hosted by students in art faculty Sally Molenda’s Book Arts class, the exhibit is part of a worldwide trend. Celebrating the April birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book "Physiologie du goût," the International Edible Book Festival was founded in 2000. Artist Judith A. Hoffberg created the first modern edible book art on display in 1999 from a Thanksgiving turkey. The festival went international the next year courtesy of artist Béatrice Coron and her Web site, www.books2eat.com. “Books and food both have been prevalent throughout history,” Molenda said. “This is a way of bringing them both together in a form that’s fun and allows students to think creatively about everyday items.” The exhibit is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.

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