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Beatriz T. Font Strawhun posing and smiling

Beatriz Strawhun

IFL Mathematics Fellow

Beatriz says, “April Fools is just around the corner, and it makes me nostalgic for my classroom of 6th graders. Not for the pranks and jokes that inevitably ensue around that time of year, especially among students of a certain age, but because I always had a mini–Edible Book Pun Festival in my classroom around that time. Read this article to find out what the festival is all about and then try one with your students. Your students might surprise you with a ‘goodnight moon pie.’ Yum!”

50 Shades of Grey Poupon: Literary puns abound at UC Berkeley’s Edible Book Festival, in Moffitt Library

Tor Haugan

“We have some wonderfully creative people on campus, and (the festival) gives them a time to shine in a unique way.” – Jen Osgood, event organizar and library employee

For several years on or around April Fools’ Day, UC Berkeley held the Edible Book Festival in the Moffitt Library (Covid put a stop to it in more recent years) during which staff and students come up with creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Punniest, Most Edible, and Least Edible were among the prize categories, and some winning entries from that year included “Batard out of Carolina” and “Game of Scones. Read on to learn more about the festival and additional, clever entries.