Very Hungry Bookworms

Don't be late for this very important date: The twelfth annual International Edible Book Festival & Tea starts today at 4 p.m. at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and the featured authors will be eating their words within the hour.

"All the entries are edible books, and for good reason," says Boulder Book Arts League spokeswoman Linda Peterson. "We leave an appropriate amount of time for people to go around and look at the exhibits, and then we ring a cowbell and pass the forks and plates and knives."

Professional sugar artists Sarah Amorese ( and Linda Willetto ( will bring some showstoppers, but the main attraction will be the dozens of entries brought by the book-eating public. "We get some deliciously imaginative creations every year," Peterson says. Bookish costumes are encouraged, as are page-turning puns on tasty titles: Recent hits include The Book of Kelps, Hoagie Dick, Goodnight Moonpie and Tales of a 4th Grade Nut-Thing. Would-be muckrakers can also dabble in a bit of “Jell-O Journalism” at the show, learning to make gelatin hectograph prints on edible paper.

The museum is at 1750 13th Street in Boulder; admission is $8 for adults and $3 for kids under twelve. For more information, call 303-443-2122 or visit
Sun., April 10, 4-6 p.m., 2011