Congratulations to Ian Greenfield, Elizabeth Newton, and Kevin Chambers, winners of the 2011 Book Collecting Contest!
Ian Greenfield, a senior majoring in Classics, is the first place winner. The title of his essay was “Genres Reconfigured: the Changing Facades of Science Fiction and Fantasy”. Ian describes his collection: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror are genres that change their features and share them promiscuously. This collection explores the most provocative and important moments in the evolution and self-criticism of the speculative fiction field--from the canonical giants of Tolkien, Lovecraft and Gibson to the writers who respond to the canon with antitheses of what a genre is all about. Ideas are made and then unmade, generation by generation, in the fields of fiction, and the fiction tells the story of the cycle with a knowing wink. The collection is partly historical, partly aesthetic: the theme, however, is the nature of genre, and how this self-awareness of its nature is as important to speculative fiction as the stories that make up its canon. Ian received a check for $1000 from the Book Club of Washington, and his winning entry will be submitted to the National Book Collecting Contest this spring. His inspirations:
Elizabeth Newton, a senior majoring in music, won the second prize of $500 for her collection, “The Path to Music: Book Collecting as a Journey”. Her inspirations:
Kevin Chambers, a senior majoring in Economics and International Political Economy, won the third prize of $250 for his collection, "Outdoor Education and Adventure". His inspirations:
The aim of the competition was to encourage undergraduate students at University of Puget Sound to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives, to appreciate the special qualities of printed or illustrated works, and to read, research, and preserve the collected works for pleasure and scholarship.”
The award was sponsored by the Book Club of Washington, a nonprofit organization of book lovers and collectors who has a special interest in collecting and preserving printed materials. It is a goal of the club to support a new generation of collectors with awards and recognition of their collecting accomplishments. The club held its annual awards reception on April 14th, where the University of Puget Sound and all 8 students were recognized for their achievement.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the contest. Plans are already underway for next year’s contest!
Kevin Chambers '11, Outdoor Education and Adventure
Ian Greenfield '11, Genres Reconfigured: the Changing Facades of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Eric Laukkanen '12, Works of Buckminster Fuller
Elizabeth Newton '11, The Path to Music: Book Collecting as a Journey
Elliott Sawyer '12, Things We Throw in the Trash
Maggie Shanahan '13, French Language Collection
Rose Thompson '11, A Chilean Collection: Literature, Photographs, Postcards, Maps and More from the Skinniest Country in the World
Nicole Wilson '11, Mother, Mystic, and Muse: A Series of Collected Works