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Book Covers of Note April 2016

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All Things Cease design Mario Hugo
All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage; design by Mario Hugo (Knopf / March 2016)

Assault design Oliver Munday
The Assault by Harry Mulisch; design by Oliver Munday (Pantheon / April 2016)

Association-Small-Bombs design Matt Vee
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan; design by Matt Vee (Viking / March 2016)

Beloved Poison Jordan Metcalf
Beloved Poison by E. S. Thomson; cover art Jordan Metcalf (Little, Brown & Co / March 2016)

black hole blues design Janet Hansen
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin; design by Janet Hansen (Knopf / March 2016)

Dada design Anne Jordan
Dada Presentism by Maria Stavrinaki; design by Anne Jordan & Mitch Goldstein (Stanford University Press / April 2016)

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain design James Paul Jones
Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris; design James Paul Jones (Doubleday / April 2016)

In the Name of Editorial Freedom design Isaac Tobin
In the Name of Editorial Freedom edited by Stephanie Steinberg; design by Isaac Tobin (University of Michigan Press / September 2015)

I’m so embarrassed that I missed this great type-only cover by the brilliant Isaac Tobin last year that I’m including it here.

Speaking of which, I also missed this rather fine David Drummond cover from late last 2015 too…

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences design David Drummond Nov 2015
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán; design by David Drummond (Lake Union Publishing / November 2015)

Man Lies Dreaming design Marina Drukman
A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar; design by Marina Drukman (Melville House / March 2016)

Ben Summers’ cover design for the UK edition of A Man Lies Dreaming published by Hodder and Stoughton was a book cover of note waaaaay back in October 2014!

The Miles Between Me design Alban Fischer
The Miles Between Me by Toni Neale; design by Alban Fischer (Curbside Splendor / April 2016)

Model Disciple design David Drummond
Model Disciple by Michael Prior; design by David Drummond (Vehicule Press / April 2016)

Olio design Jeff Clark
Olio by Tyehimba Jess; design by Jeff Clark / Quemadura (Wave / April 2016)

one in a million design CS Neal
The One-In-Million Boy by Monica Wood; design by C. S. Neal (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / April 2016)

Pillow Book design Alysia Shewchuk
A Pillow Book by Suzanne Buffam; design by Alysia Shewchuk (House of Anansi / April 2016)

She Weeps design Joan Wong
She Weeps Each Time You’re Born by Quan Barry; design by Joan Wong (Vintage / February 2016)

Study in Charlotte jacket art Dan Funderburgh design Katie Fitch
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro; jacket art Dan Funderburgh; design Katie Fitch (Katherine Tegen Books / March 2016)

Sudden Death
Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue; design by Stephen Parker; photograph Mark Vessey (Harvill Secker / April 2016)

The cover of the US edition published by Riverhead and designed by Rachel Willey was in last month’s post.

Susuzluk (Thirst)_Steven Mithen
Susuzluk (Thirst) by Steven Mithen; design by James Paul Jones (Koc University Press / April 2016)

Tempest design David Pearson
The Tempest by William Shakespeare; design by David Pearson (Penguin / April 2016)

tuesday-nights-in-1980 design Rodrigo Corral
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss; design by Rodrigo Corral (Gallery/Scout Press / April 2016)

to the left of time design Jackie Shepherd
To the Left of Time by Thomas Lux; design by Jackie Shepherd (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / April 2016)

Well Always Have Paris design Justine Anweiler
We’ll Always Have Paris by Emma Beddington; design by Justine Anweiler; lettering by Cocorrina (Macmillan / April 2016)

What Belongs To You design Justine Anweiler
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell; design by Justine Anweiler (Picador / April 2016)

This is a variant on the cover of the US edition from FSG designed by Jennifer Carrow, which is also very nice (especially the zig-zag of the type), but I especially like the Andreas Gursky-like edge-to-edge grid and hyper-real colour of the UK edition.

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One Comment

  1. Daaaamn, love the type on All Things Cease to Appear.
    I can see why you led with that.

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