The 2010-2011 Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest has come to a conclusion. This annual Johns Hopkins University contest recognizes the love of books and the art of shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection.  Dr. Edgar Sweren and Betty Sweren, a Hopkins alumna, endowed the contest in 2007 to fund this unique event, which reflects their passion for books, libraries, and Johns Hopkins.

We received many fantastic entries this year and thank everyone for their interest and effort. Specifically, we’d like to congratulate our winners:

Undergraduate Division

1st Place, $1,000 prize: Laura Veldhuis (Senior, Whiting School of Engineering) – The Ends of the World.

2nd Place, $500 prize: Katherine Magruder (Junior, Peabody Conservatory) – Gastronomy: Food Literature that Enlightens and Informs.

Honorable Mention, $250 prize: Ian White (Junior, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) – Surrealism and the Surreal.

Graduate Division

1st Place, $1,000 prize: Margaret Murray (Masters candidate, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) – Literature of The Little Review.

2nd Place, $500 prize: Carl G. Streed, Jr. (MD candidate, School of Medicine) – A Gay Education, and Troy Tower (PhD candidate, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) – Pierre Huyghe:  Captured in Media.

Stop by M-Level in the Eisenhower Library from April 28th through May 26 to see selections from this year’s winning entries.

Thanks again to all who entered, and congratulations to this year’s winners!


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