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Book Covers of Note August 2016


Back from vacation and back to the grind… August is traditionally a slow month in publishing, but that isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of great covers around at this time of year…

Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe; design Brian Moore (HMH / August 2016)

Behold the Dreamers design Jaya Micelij
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue; design by Jaya Miceli (Random House / August 2016)

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall; design by Alysia Shewchuck (House of Anansi / August 2016)

Book design David High
The Book by Keith Houston; design by David High (W.W. Norton / August 2016)

A Burglars Guide to the City design by Nayon Cho
A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh; design by Nayon Cho (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / April 2016)

compartmentno6 design Kimberly Glyder
Compartment N0. 6 by Rosa Liksom; design by Kimberly Glyder (Graywolf Press / August 2016)

Comet Seekers design Chloe Giordano
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick; design by Chloe Giordano (Harvill Secker / August 2016)

Cuckoo design Jack Smyth
Cuckoo by Keren David; design by Jack Smyth (Atom / August 2016)

Enter Title Here design Maria Elias
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia; design by Maria Elias (Hyperion / August 2016)

Fire This Time design Na Kim
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward; design by Na Kim (Scribner / August 2016)

The Hate Race by Maxime Beneba Clarke; design by Allison Colpoys (Hachette Australia / August 2016)

Inexperience design Alissa Dinallo
Inexperience and Other Stories by Anthony Macris; design by Alissa Dinallo (UWAP / August 2016)

Making Literature Now design Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
Making Literature Now by Amy Hungerford; design by Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein (Stanford University Press / August 2016)

Impossible Modernism design Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
Impossible Modernism by Robert S. Lehman; design by Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein (Stanford University Press / August 2016)

These two look rather nice side by side…

Marx 2020 design Daniel Gray
Marx 2020 by Ronaldo Munck; design by Daniel Benneworth-Gray (Zed / August 2016)

Nordic Theory design by Milan Bozic
The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen; design by Milan Bozic (Harper / June 2016)

playing dead design Alison Forner
Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood; design by Alison Forner (Simon & Schuster / August 2016)

pond design by Alex Merto
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett; design by Alex Merto (Riverhead / July 2016)

The jacket art for Pond is apparently a detail from ‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’ by artist Margriet Smulders.

Radiance design Nathan Burton
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente; design & illustration by Nathan Burton (Corsair / August 2016)

Nathan’s design is a nice compliment to Will Staehle‘s cover for the US edition published by Tor Books last year:

Riverine design Kimberly Glyder
Riverine by Angela Palm; design by Kimberly Glyder (Graywolf / August 2016)

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel; design by Allison Colpoys (Scribe / August 2016)

Tadunos Song design Chris Gale
Taduno’s Song by Odafe Atogun; design by Chris Gale (Canongate / August 2016)

Underground Airlines design Oliver Munday
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters; design by Oliver Munday (Mulholland Books / July 2016)

Underground Railroad design Oliver Munday
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; design by Oliver Munday (Doubleday / August 2016)

YouDontHavetoLiveLikeThis Design by Jarrod Taylor
You Don’t Have to Live Like This by Benjamin Markovits; design by Jarrod Taylor (Harper / July 2016)

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  1. I love “the Comet Seekers” cover. It was hard to pick a favorite, though.

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