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And the 2011 Winners Are!

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:

    • What prompted you to apply?
      I was pointed to the collection by a friend and previous winner, Andrew Fink.  This got me thinking about what exactly it is I collect, and why, which turned into the essay I submitted to the contest. 
    • What are your plans after graduation?
      I plan to take a gap year or two to develop my creative writing and foreign language skills, and then apply to graduate school in medieval literary studies or pursue an MFA in Creative Writing.
    • Do you have a favorite place to look for books?
      I love to look for books in huge bookstores.  Powell's in Portland is my favorite.  I also like to browse library shelves--I think I just like getting turned around in the stacks.
    • Any advice you would give to future collectors?
      You've probably already started.  Look at what you have on the shelf.  What are your favorites?  That's your collection.  Focus on books related to what you already have. 
    • What is your favorite item in your collection?
      This is a very hard question, but I would have to say that_H. P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror_ is the piece I am happiest to include formally as part of a collection.

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:

  • What prompted you to apply?
    Honestly, the cash prize was appealing, but additionally, I was intrigued by the topic of book collecting, which isn't talked about very much by people of my generation. I think contests like this will grow more important as digital media continues to take over and replace the printed word.
  • What are your plans after graduation?
    Next fall I will be attending the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, starting a Master's program in Musicology.
  • Do you have a favorite place to look for books?
    Powell's Books in Portland, and King's Books in Tacoma
  • Any advice you would give to future collectors?
    Hang out in used bookstores! Don't go in with a plan -- just browse and see what jumps out at you.
  • What is your favorite item in your collection?
    Feminine Endings by Susan McClary

 

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:

  • What prompted you to apply?
    The posters put up around campus.
  • What are your plans after graduation?
    River guide for the summer and then work in Seattle
  • Do you have a favorite place to look for books?
    My Dad's library
  • Any advice you would give to future collectors?
    Don't underestimate what you already have
  • What is your favorite item in your collection?
    It seems to change daily... right now Down the River by Edward Abbey

 

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 14, 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