People collect all sorts of things: buttons, spare pant legs, shriveled heads, and even books! Book collecting may sound like an obscure pursuit, but these days, there are even competitions for it. This year, the Kennedy Library Special Collections Department is holding its inaugural Book Collection Competition in conjunction with its spring exhibit, “Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100.”
The competition welcomes submissions from avid readers who have collected seven or more thematically related books, accompanied by a bibliography and explained in an essay of 175 words or less. A photo of the collection must be included. The competition is open to Cal Poly students, Cal Poly faculty and staff, and the San Luis Obispo community at large. But you’ve got to hurry: The deadline is Friday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m.
- PHOTO COURTESY OF BRYN HOBSON AND KENNEDY LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
- ‘FLIGHT’ BY BRYN HOBSON:
“Entries can take many forms,” explained curator Catherine Trujillo. “From childhood books of variant editions of Heidi, weathered and dog-eared, to a bibliophile’s collection of first editions of Steinbeck. We’re looking for a unifying principle, such as subject, a single author or group of authors, or place, or genre of publication. Our judging criteria will be based on the cohesiveness of the entrant’s theme, not the monetary value of the collection.”
For more information, or to enter your collection, go to lib.calpoly.edu/about/news/books.
Awards will be given in each category, and winners will have their submission exhibited as part of “Pressing Forward,” the traveling exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Book Club of California. The top two student collectors get a year’s membership to the Book Club of California and gift cards to the El Corral Bookstore.
“Pressing Forward,” which goes on view April 5, will feature “fine press books, keepsakes, and ephemera the club has published,” said Trujillo. It will illustrate the club’s history through the books and photos of its members. Work by graphic communications students, a book installation by art and design student Bryn Hobson, and a talk by woodcut artist Tom Killion at the show’s opening will round out this celebration of the written word.