Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
This year, there were a total of fourteen submissions to the A. Edward Newton Student Book Collection Competition. The winners are:
1st: Mai Pucik ’06, Identity Crises (and the lack thereof) in Sequential Narrative
2nd: Smita Ghosh ’06, Past and Future: A Collection of Bengali Literature
3rd: Elsa Trimble ’06, Experiencing Art in the Soviet Union
The winners will each receive $500, $250 and $150 respectively. In addition, the 1st prize winner is eligible to participate in the Grolier Club’s Collegiate Book Collecting Competition.
The winners of the competition are always invited to present their collections in an exhibit in the fall. However, since our winners are all seniors this year, the physical library exhibit may or may not take place, depending on their proximity and availability to campus. More details regarding this situation will be forthcoming.
The A.Edward Newton Student Book Collection Competition is the longest-running college book collecting competition in the country. The contest was endowed in the 1930s by A. Edward Newton, a renowned rare book collector from Philadelphia.