Congratulations to Rachel Anderson, Matthew Bell, and Emma Christen, winners of the 2017 Book Collecting Contest!
Collection: "Sacred Texts: The Books Above My Altar"
The award for best essay goes to Rachel Anderson for her essay, "Sacred Texts: The Books Above My Altar." Rachel’s well-written essay seamlessly weaves the disparate elements of her collection into a cohesive and meaningful whole. She utilizes her sharply honed rhetorical skills to clearly articulate her interpretation of what a sacred text is and how the texts within her collection meet that criteria, “a text is sacred when it speaks to the heart, when it presents a resonant explanation of the human experience, when it is gifted to me with the sacred in mind, when it encourages positive action, and when it inspires higher-consciousness patterns of thought.” Congratulations to Rachel.
1st Place/Single Collector Award:
Collection: "Politics: Love at First Sight"
The first place, or single collector, award acknowledges the combination of an excellent, integrated and comprehensive essay, a well annotated bibliography, collection images, and a thoughtful wish list. This year the first place award goes to Matthew Bell for his collection “Politics: Love at First Sight.” Matthew‘s collection of materials on politics includes entries encompassing contemporary political issues, political theory where he has put John Locke and James Baldwin in the same category, and includes contemporary and historical satire. His personal interest in politics has grown into his academic and scholarly pursuits that clearly are far-ranging and thoughtful. Congratulations to Matthew.
Collins Choice Award:
Collection: "Beauty in Diversity: Learning Humanity Through Religion"
The Collins Choice Award recognizes a student whose collection illustrates the hallmarks of a liberal arts education. The University’s mission and educational goals include as their most recently added goal, “Informed appreciation of self and others as part of a broader humanity in the world environment.” This book collection and essay celebrate that aspect of the liberal arts. The essay demonstrates a passion for books, for lifelong growth and learning through reading, and for exploring a diverse range of thought via reading and personal interaction. The collector demonstrates intellectual autonomy and the capacity to learn within and outside of a formal educational structure. It is for these reasons that we are awarding the Collins Choice Award to Emma Christen, for the “Beauty in Diversity: Learning Humanity Through Religion” collection. Congratulations to Emma!
The aim of the competition was to encourage full-time 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 18th, where the University of Puget Sound and all 14 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!