Six student winners in the 58th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest were announced at an awards reception in Watson Library on April 17. Lifelong “Wizard of Oz” collector and former contest winner Jane Albright praised the collections on display and shared the personal history of her fascination with the Oz series.
Katya Soll from St. Louis, Missouri won first place in the graduate division with her collection “Dictatorship, Recovery, and Innovation: Contemporary Theatre of the Southern Cone.” Melinda Landeck from Littleton, Colorado received second place for “Tea Time: Textual Explorations of Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony.” Honorable mention in the graduate division went to Crystal A. Maier from Woodbridge, New Jersey for her collection “A Blossoming at the Intersection of Art and Science: Technique and Tradition in Botanical Illustration.”
In the undergraduate division, Emma Fahrlander from Overland Park won first place for her collection “A Decade of Yarncraft.” Nicole Evans from Gardner took second place with “There and Back Again: Transforming a Polite Interest into an Intense Obsession”, and Lacey Daniels from Pittsburg won Honorable Mention for “The John Lange Collection.”
The Snyder Book Collecting Contest was established by a gift from Elizabeth Snyder in 1957 to cultivate and recognize KU undergraduate and graduate students’ interest in collecting books. The winner of each division received a cash prize and a gift card from Jayhawk Ink, a division of the KU Bookstore and longtime partner in the competition. Judges for this year's contest were Albright, KU Libraries Assistant Dean Beth Whittaker, and Phil Wedge, a former Snyder Contest winner and current professor in the university’s department of English.
The collections of first and second place winners are on display through May 1 outside of Jayhawk Ink on the second floor of the Kansas Union. A photo gallery of the awards ceremony, including division winners, is available on the KU Libraries Flickr page. For more information about the contest and its history, visit the Snyder Contest website.