Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April Fool's Day Mysteries List & International Edible Book Festival

Tomorrow may be April Fool's Day, but it's no joke that there are several mysteries set at April Fool's! Let me know if I've forgotten any titles.

The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment.
--Poor Robin's Almanac, 1790

April Fool by William Deverell
The April Fool by Robert J. Fields
April Fool Dead by Carolyn G. Hart
April Fool's Day Murder by Lee Harris
A Remarkable Case of Burglary by H.R.F. Keating
April Fool's Day, A Novel by Josip Novakovich
The New Aventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 3: "The April Fool's Day Adventure" and "The Strange Adventure of the Uneasy Chair" by Anthony Boucher and Denis Green

Don't miss the results of the Edible Book Festival at the University of Texas (Austin) School of Information.  Or check out the International Edible Book Festival site: Books2Eat.

The International Edible Book Festival is held annually on April 1st. The following countries have held this festival: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States of America, Russia and Hong Kong. Every year the list expands.

April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. April Fool's Day is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the "books" are consumed on the day of the event. This ephemeral global banquet, in which anyone can participate, is shared by all on the internet and allows everyone to preserve and discover unique bookish nourishments. This festival is a celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book; it is also a deeper reflexion on our attachment to food and our cultural differences.

Everyone is invited, individually and collectively, to this world banquet where delicious, surprising bookish foods will be consumed.

If you search the web, you'll find many festivals, especially at libraries and library schools. Great Photos!

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