Usman Khan receiving his certificate of first place and displaying his winning pieceThe winners of the 2023 Second Life for Books are recognized for their recycled book creations, selected by voters. The theme for this year’s book art was book bans.


The 1st place artist is Usman Khan, whose piece Freedom, Imprisonment: It’s all an Illusion speaks to the influences experienced by LGBTQ+ students as they search for their place in the world.

The 2nd place art is titled The Hunger Games for the 2014 banned book by the same title. Art student Luna Chavez won 3rd place for Not All Boys Are Blue