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CARBONDALE — Good books are made by the creative use of words, but an event coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Morris Library in April takes the challenge up a notch as people are invited to depict their favorite piece of literature in an edible form.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the annual Edible Book Festival, set for noon to 1 p.m. on April 4 in the First Floor Rotunda of the library. The rules are simple: Use your imagination to illustrate a “punny” version of a book title using edible ingredients.

“Jurassic Pork,” “To Grill a Mockingbird,” “A Coconut Yankee in King Arthur’s Torte,” “Frank-in-Stein” and “50 Shades of Lays” are just a few of the amusing and imaginative previous winners.

The best in show winner will receive an Amazon Fire tablet. There are also prizes for people's choice, “punniest,” most edible, best book structure, best Saluki submission and best future Saluki submission (from someone age 17 or younger.)

The School of Music’s Concert Choir will perform during the event. The public is welcome to attend to view the festival entries and enjoy the musical performance.

To participate in the competition, complete the Edible Book Festival entry form, available online at lib.siu.edu/edible-book-festival, and bring your palatable prose conceptualization to the library at noon on April 4.

The Friends of Morris Library sponsor the Edible Book Festival and the library and its staff organize the event.

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