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Deep Vellum Book Cover Design by Anna Zylicz

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Mountain and the Wall Full design by Anna Zylicz

At the Toronto launch of John Freeman’s new anthology last night — encouragingly called ’10 Reasons to Not Shoot Yourself in the Face Over the State of Literature’ — Literary Hub‘s Jonny Diamond mentioned design as a reason to be optimistic about current state of publishing. In particular, Jonny called out the book covers of Deep Vellum, a Dallas-based literary non-profit that publishes literature in translation.1 The covers, designed by Anna Zylicz, are strange, minimal, and instantly recognizable. There’s something of a hard-edged Peter Saville feel to them. I especially like the cover for Sphinx by Anne Garréta. Anna Zylicz is clearly a designer to watch.

sphinx design by Anna Zylicz

Mountain and the Wall design by Anna Zylicz

Calligraphy Lesson by Anna Zylicz

Indian design by Anna Zylicz

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1. Full disclosure: Deep Vellum are distributed in Canada by PGC Books, who I now happen to work for.