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Contest seeks dinner suggestions for your favourite literary character


By Karen Bliss 

Here’s a fun contest during Culture Days (Sept. 23-Oct. 16) for York Region residents that requires your imagination but not for you to leave your house.  

The Great Aurora Public Library (APL) Literary Cookbook invites you to send in a recipe and a photo of the results, as well as a photo of a book containing a character you’d like to cook dinner for. 

The Mad Hatter? Jane Eyre? Harry Potter? James Bond? Or maybe you’re more a Dracula type? 

“Readers and Foodies often share a strong bond,” the description of the contest states. “There are many cookbooks based on the foods literary characters savoured in the novels they appeared in. But what would you cook for your favourite literary character if you could invite them to dinner.”  

The photo accompanying the contest page shows Frank Herbert’s The Great Dune, along with a plate of some unnamed concoctions that looks like chickpeas, tomatoes and coucous.  

Recipes selected will be featured in print and online, and winners will receive a gift certificate to a local business. Email your recipe and photo to  

The deadline to submit your recipe and photos is October 21 at 5 p.m.

Culture Days is a three-week celebration of free arts and culture activities, events, workshops, and more, taking place coast to coast. 

Karen Bliss is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pollstar and others. She has interviewed thousands of musicians, including Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Eminem, Shania Twain, Metallica and Michael Bublé.

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