DECATUR – Some people's taste in reading material runs to the macabre.

But all the entries in Millikin University's sixth annual Edible Book Festival at Staley Library Wednesday tasted pretty good, if the relish with which they were devoured was any indication.

After all, what's not to like about cookies, cake, ice cream and candy?

“This is a fun activity to involve the students and community,” explained Cindy Fuller, associate professor and library director. “I am always amazed at the creativity of the contestants.”

Cataloging associate Eric McKinney went with “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess, complete with a jack-o'-lantern orange, its eye holes “propped open” with bent paper clips.

“It's not completely original, but the eye clips are mine,” McKinney said. “I printed out some human eyeballs for my first version, but that just came out way too creepy.”

Laura Mondt, instructional librarian at Richland Community College, transformed an egg-shaped yellow cake into “Bunnicula,” the title character of a children's book series by James Howe about a vampire rabbit that sucks the juice out of vegetables. Her entry was voted “most creative use of ingredients.”

“It's got coconut for fur, red hot eyes, toothpick fangs, gum ears and vegetable chips scattered around it,” Mondt said.

Amanda Pippitt, Staley Library's access services coordinator, organizes the festival to celebrate reading and to raise money for the Good Samaritan Inn. The event typically raises $50 to $100.

The Rev. Stacey Brohard, executive director of the soup kitchen, said he's happy that when festival organizers think about food, they think about Good Samaritan. “This sounds fantastic,” he said.

Other festival winners were:

n “Are You There God? It's Me, Margarine” by Rachel Bicicchi, assistant professor and librarian, for “punniest”;

n “The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler” by the chemistry senior seminar for “the entry I most want to eat”;

n “A Tell-Tale Tart,” by the Sigma Tau Delta English Club for favorite group entry;

n “March of the Penguins” by Marsha Leach, library administrative assistant, for favorite individual entry.

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