Winners Announced for the Inaugural Applestein-Sweren Book Collecting Prize

The Goucher College Library this year introduced the Applestein-Sweren Prize for book collecting, which was made possible by an endowment established this year by Betty Applestein Sweren ’52 and Dr. Edgar Sweren.

The competition is meant to encourage Goucher students to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives; to appreciate the special qualities of printed or illustrated works; and to read, research, and preserve their collected works for pleasure and scholarship.

Annual prizes of $500, $250, and $150 will be awarded to Goucher students who present thoughtfully constructed personal collections of books and related ephemera on any subject.

The winners of the inaugural Applestein-Sweren Prize are:

Co-first place:  Lily Dodge ’12: A Portal to Middle Earth: The Dodge Collection of Tolkien Books & Ephemera

Camden Kimura ’12: I Know That Town: To Kill A Mockingbird

Second place: Cynthia Ferguson ’14: Strange Things Afoot: Gothic Literature in the American Tradition

Honorable mention: JoAnna Ramsey ’16: The Movies, the Magic and Me

These winners will be honored on Tuesday, November 13, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum. To attend this event, R.S.V.P. by November 6 to Randi Kennedy, assistant to the college librarian, at

In addition to the cash prizes, winners will be given the opportunity to curate a small exhibition of their collections in the Goucher College Library. The first-prize winner also will be eligible for the $2,500 national prize awarded by the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division.


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