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Winners announced for 2012 Kislak Book Collecting Competition

In 2009, the Kislak Family Fund provided a grant to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries to support an annual student book collecting contest. The purpose of the Book Collection Competition is to encourage and reward full-time Penn students who have an active interest in and passion for book collecting. Now in its third year, thirteen Penn students submitted entries reflecting a wide range of topics; the students' collections represented an equally impressive range of books, from paperback formats to antiquarian books. There was no prize awarded in 2012. After much deliberation, I am pleased to announce that this year the judges have awarded two prizes.

First prize is awarded to Mr. Kevin Waite, Ph.D. candidate in American History, for his Civil War collection. The judges noted that Mr. Waite is clearly a passionate bibliophile who possesses a fascination with acquiring historical works of interest and bibliographic value. His collection clearly demonstrates taste and rarity. The second prize is awarded to Ms. Simran Thadani, Ph.D. candidate in English, for her collection of books on English Hand-Writing Manuals. The judges remarked that Ms. Thadani's collection, although differing in character and age than Mr. Waite's, is, nevertheless, an impressive collection of practical volumes which, the judges observed, will evolve over time into an important scholarly collection.

Although there were thirteen entries in total ranging in subject from museum catalogs to Virginia Woolf, the judges felt strongly that Mr. Waite's and Ms. Thadani's entries were the most compelling and demonstrated their collecting/bibliomaniac impulses clearly, which was reflected in the antiquarian and scholarly characteristics of their respective collections. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries would like to thank all the students who entered this year's Kislak Book Collecting Competition.

David McKnight, Director
The Rare Book and Manuscript Library
University of Pennsylvania Libraries

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