Submissions for the Art of the Book, a local competition in which recycled materials are interpreted into books, are due by 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Baskerville, 3000 Royal St., in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans.

As part of the competition, artists and craftspeople will translate recycled materials into their interpretations of books to celebrate the beauty and transformative nature of the written word. Entries will include everything from traditional books to decorative and altered shapes and wearable art.

Artists should use at least 50 percent recycled materials, and submissions should be an artistic representation of a book. The five categories that will be judged are:

  • Traditional: A “classic” book with readable text and turnable pages.
  • Art Book: Looks like or represents a book.
  • Decorative Items: The book has been used as the medium; not necessarily readable. It may be carved, painted, or altered in some way.
  • Wearable Art: Accessories.
  • Wearable Art: Clothing.

All submissions become the property of the Women’s National Book Association New Orleans and will be auctioned to support projects such as literacy initiatives, author discussions, and educational lectures and presentations for writers and those interested in the publishing industry.

Art of the Book submissions will be on view from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Baskerville. The event also includes a reception and silent auction. Tickets are $15 per person in advance or at the door.

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