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Under the Covers: Reviewing the Covers of 2009


Tonight is the BPPA‘s annual review of the best and worst book covers of the year.

Sadly Alan Jones, Senior Designer at HarperCollins Canada, had to drop out at the last minute and is being replaced by Boy Wonder David A. Gee (interviewed here) and umm… me. No, I’m not quite sure what they were thinking either (about asking me — David is obviously a great choice)…

The other panellists are freelance designer Ingrid Paulson (also interviewed here), Terri Nimmo Senior Designer at Random House Canada, and Steven Beattie Review Editor at The Quill & Quire.

Panel moderator David Ward of McClelland & Stewart has promised me Jaffa Cakes.

The event is 6:30-8:30 pm at The Arts and Letters Club (3rd Floor) in Toronto. It’s free for BPPA Members, $20.00 for non-members apparently.

There’s more information on the BPPA’s event page.

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  1. Grrr…too late to book a flight to Toronto. This sounds fun. You’ll tell us what happens, yes?

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  3. Hey Joseph. There’s not a lot to tell truth be told. It was a lot of fun, but I think you would have recognised most of the best (Columbine by Henry Sene Yee, The Age of Wonder by Christopher Tobias, Cheers! by David Gee, Busted by Gray318 to name but a few), and the worst — aside from a couple of atrocities — were mostly the kind of bland compromises and unfortunate misfires that should probably be left to die quiet deaths… :-)

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