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Book Covers of Note February 2016


Adios, Cowboy by Olja Savicevic; design by Sunra Thompson (McSweeney’s / February 2016)

The Encounter design David Pearson
The Encounter: Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu; design by David Pearson (Pushkin Press / February 2016)

Empire of Things design Coralie Bickford-Smith
Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann; design by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Allen Lane / January 2016)

A Gathering of Shadows Final
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab; design by Will Staehle (Tor Books / February 2016)

This is a rather nice riff on Will’s cover for last year’s A Darker Shade of Magic.

In a Land of Paper God design Yeti Lambregts
In a Land of Paper of Gods by Rebecca Mackenzie; design by Yeti Lambregts (Tinder Press / January 2016)

Kropotkin design David Gee
Kropotkin and the Anarchist Intellectual Tradition by Jim MacLaughlin; design by David A. Gee (Pluto Press / February 2016)

Legoland design by Justine Anweiler illo Axel Bizon
Legoland by Gerard Woodward; design by Justine Anweiler; illustration by Axel Bizon and Lena Sarrault (Picador / February 2016)

Liar by Rob Roberge; Jake Nicolella (Crown / February 2016)1

Look at Me design by Yeti L
Look at Me by Sarah Duguid; design by Yeti Lambregts (Tinder Press / February 2016)

My Father the Pornographer-design by Jamie Keenan
My Father the Pornographer by Chris Offutt; design by Jamie Keenan (Atria / February 2016)

oblivion design Liana Finck
Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev; design by Liana Finck (New Vessel Press / January 2016)

Shadow Queen design Sarah Nichole Kaufman
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine; design Sarah Nichole Kaufman; lettering / apple carving Sean Freeman (Balzer + Bray / February 2016)

song for no mans land design Christine Foltzer illst Jeffrey Alan Love
A Song for No Man’s Land by Andy Remic; design by Christine Foltzer; illustration by Jeffrey Alan Love (Tor Books / February 2016)

A Song for No Man’s Land is the first book in a trilogy of novellas by Andy Remic. All three books have covers illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love — you can read his process at


Superabundance design by Jamie Keenan
Superabundance by Heinz Helle; design by Jamie Keenan (Profile / February 2016)

Symptoms of Being Human design by Sarah Nichole Kaufman
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin; design by Sarah Nichole Kaufman (Balzer + Bray / February 2016)

Thanks for the Trouble design by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach; design by Lucy Ruth Cummins; Photography by Keirnan Monaghan, styling by Theo Vamvounakis (Simon and Schuster / February 2016)

unforgettable design Sinem Erkas
Unforgettable by Charlie Maclean; design by Sinem Erkas (self-published / February 2016)

You can read more about the design of this cover on Sinem’s website.

Was She Pretty Leanne Shapton
Was She Pretty by Leanne Shapton; design by Leanne Shapton (Drawn & Quarterly / February 2016)

We Slaves of Suriname by Anton de Kom; design by David Drummond (Pluto Press / February 2016)2

You Should Pity Us Instead design Kristen Radtke
You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine; design by Kristen Radtke (Sarabande Books / February 2016)

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1. The fat sans serif aside, this is a very Drummond-esque cover, which is never entirely a bad thing…
2. Unfortunately, I think publication has been postponed


  1. What a great post to view first thing on a Tuesday morning. Thank you!,

  2. I would have to say that LEGOLAND, Liar and Look at Me are the ones that strike me as most attractive. Liar perhaps being the most original.

  3. Thanks for your comment and stopping by, Anthony. :-)

  4. They’re all so gorgeous!! Thank you for collecting these covers. What a great series. :)

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