The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

Book Covers of Note October 2014


It’s October and the fall book season is in full swing. It’s kind of bonkers in the trade from now until Christmas, so this is the second to last (if not the actual last) cover round-up for 2014. I think I can probably squeeze in one more next month, but then we will be well into ‘covers of the year’ territory so we’ll have to see. I also have more posts in the Beasts! series (and goodness know what else) to fit in somehow! While I figure that out, however, here is this month’s collection of notable book covers…

Lerner 1004
10:04 by Ben Lerner; design by Scott Richardson (McClelland & Stewart / September 2014)

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews; design by Helen Crawford-White / Studio Helen (Faber & Faber / June 2014)

Book of Strange New Things
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; art direction and design Rafi Romaya;  illustration Yehrin Tong (Canongate / October 2014)

The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell; design by Leo Nickolls (Constable / October 2014 )

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes; design by Keith Hayes (Mulholland Books / September 2014)

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott; design by Henry Sene Yee; illustration by Bill Mudron  (Picador / October 2014)

Flings by Justin Taylor; design by Oliver Munday (Harper / August 2014)

I Am China by Xiaolu Guo; design Emily Mahon; photograph Masha Sardari (Nan A. Talese / September 2014)

Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong; design by Oliver Munday (Knopf / October 2014)

The Intervals of Cinema by Jacques Rancière; design by Jessica Svendsen (Verso / October 2014)

Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère; design by Yang Kim and Tyler Comrie (FSG / October 2014)
Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère; design by Yang Kim and Tyler Comrie (FSG / October 2014)

Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère; design by Richard Green (Allen Lane / September 2014)
Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère; design by Richard Green (Allen Lane / September 2014)

A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar; design by Ben Summers (Hodder / October 2014)

Mr. Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco; design by Sunra Thompson (McSweeney’s / July 2014)

Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts; design by Isabelle De Cat (Penguin / October 2014)

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft edited by Leslie S. Klinger; design by gray318 (W. W. Norton / October 2014)

Notre Duplex by Éléonore Létourneau; design by David Drummond (Éditions XYZ / August 2014)

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham; design by CHIPS (Random House / September 2014)

Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail; design by Matt Roeser (Candlewick / October 2014)

Radio Benjamin edited by Lecia Rosenthal; design by Isaac Tobin (Verso / October 2014)

Specter of Capital by Joseph Vogl; design by Anne Jordan (Stamford University Press / October 2014)

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman; design by Walter Green (Grove Atlantic / September 2014)

Similar Posts:


  1. Who désignés Limonov’s book cover?

    CHIPS design reminds of Roth’s book covers :

    Overall good selection though no genius. Still, it’s better that Chip Kidd’s latest. The guy has lost all inspiration. Pre-retired. Too bad.

  2. If you click the Limonov covers you’ll see the credits — the FSG edition (on the left) was designed by Yang Kim and Tyler Comrie; the Allen Lane edition (right) was designed by Richard Green — but you’re the second person to ask me about this so I will change things around to make it clearer. Anyway, I think there are some great covers here. And why bad mouth Chip Kidd? Frankly, it’s not the sort of commentary I want here. It’s neither necessary nor kind, let alone insightful. Whatever you think about his recent work, the guy deserves respect. Please leave it out in future.

  3. I really love that Justin Taylor one. It just pops!

    A great selection as usual, Dan. You’ve a fine eye. :)

  4. Thanks, Derek. Really appreciate it.

  5. Great collection. After looking at hundreds of indie book covers, this is quite a pleasure, thanks for putting these posts together.

  6. My favorite is The Book of Strange New Things

Leave a Reply