Winners of the 2023 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest Announced


Jefferson Building, Washington, DC

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest is now jointly administered by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), and the Grolier Club, and supported by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division (the Library of Congress).

The ABAA has now announced the 2023 winners of the the program which aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles:

* First Prize: Ishaan Prasad (Harvard College) for Confessions of a Former Sheep Thief: Ten Years of Exploration in Typography

* Second Prize: Joshua Shelly (Duke University) for Alte Bücher in Haifa: (Re)building a German Jewish Library in the 21st Century

* Third Prize: Enrique Vazquez (Yale University) for Tales of the Midwestern Northwoods

* Essay Award: Nichole Nomura (Stanford University) for Classroom Editions of Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The awards celebration will be held at the Library of Congress’s Whittall Pavilion on September 22.