Whether reading The Hobbit on a
mountaintop with a storm brewing, or cozily at home with the kettle
beginning to whistle, Ben Goossen's interpretation of all things hobbit
is sure to enlighten. First introduced to J. R. R. Tolkien's iconic work
at the age of seven in a garbled audio production, Goossen went on to
begin illustrating the story in the fifth grade and continues to reread
and illustrate every year. Prized books from Goossen's personal collection, plus original illustrations are currently exhibited in McCabe Library.
Receiving first place in the 2013 A. Edward Newton Student Book Collection competition for his collection, The Hobbit: a journey from Tolkien to us... and back again,
and a cash prize of $600, Ben Goossen ’13 enters the annals of Newton
history. He has won a Newton award every year for the past three years
with his other collections, including three first prizes: The Literary Evolution of Science Fiction (2010), The Art of N.C. Wyeth (2011) and Books of Mennonite History (2012).