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Book Covers of Note October 2016

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Busy, busy October… here are this month’s book covers of note…

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Aluta by Adwoa Badoe; design Michael Solomon; cover art Shonagh Rae (Groundwood / September 2016)

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American Ulysses by Ronald C. White; design Eric White; photograph © Colorized History, colorized by Mads Madsen (Random House / October 2016)

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The Architecture of Neoliberalism by Douglas Spencer; design Daniel Benneworth-Gray (Bloomsbury / October 2016)

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The Best American Comics 2016 edited by Roz Chast; illustration by Marc Bell; design by Christopher Moisan (Mariner / October 2016)

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Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 edited by Rache Kushner; illustration and lettering by Jillian Tamaki; design by Mark Robinson (Mariner / October 2016)

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The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier; design Jamie Keenan (Virago / October 2016)

Virago’s other new du Maurier reissues are also really nice:

I wrote about the series last year.

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Chance in Evolution edited by Grant Ramsey & Charles H. Pence; design by Jenny Volvovski (University of Chicago Press / October 2016)

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Darktown by Thomas Mullen; design by Craig Fraser (Little, Brown / September 2016)

Another entry for the sideways covers collection (although this is not a first for Mullen’s books — the US paperback edition of The Last Town on Earth, published by Random House in 2007, also has a sideways photograph on the cover).1

Oh, and the cover of the US edition of Darktown (published by Atria in September) was designed by Laywan Kwan.

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Don’t I Know You? by Marni Jackson; design by Phil Pascuzzo (Flatiron / September 2016)

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A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem; design by Gray318 (Doubleday / October 2016)

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Ghostland by Colin Dickey; cover art by Jon Contino (Viking / October 2016)

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Himself by Jess Kidd; design by Pete Adlington (Canongate / October 2016)

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How to See by David Salle; design by Peter Mendelsund (W.W. Norton / October 2016)

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Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole; design by Alex Merto; photograph Teju Cole (Random House / August 2016)

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The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; design by Jack Smyth; illustration Pietari Posti (Virago / October 2016)

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The Mothers by Brit Bennett; design by Rachel Wiley (Riverhead / October 2016)

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Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra; design Jonathan Pelham (Granta / October 2016)

Nayon Cho’s design for the US edition of Multiple Choice, published by Penguin US, was featured in July’s covers post.

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Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli; design by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Allen Lane / October 2016)

This goes rather nicely with Coralie’s design for Rovelli’s previous book Seven Brief Lessons in Physics:

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Results May Vary by Bethany Chase; design by Misa Erder (Ballantine / August 2016)

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Sirius by Jonathan Crown; cover art by Pascal Blanchet (Scribner / October 2016)

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That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration by Alan Shapiro; design by Isaac Tobin (University of Chicago Press / October 2016)

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The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang; design by Kimberly Glyder (Houghton Mifflin / October 2016)

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The Wealth of Humans by Ryan Avent; design by Tom Etherington (Allen Lane / September 2016)

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Who Killed Piet Barol? by Richard Mason; design Sinem Erkas (Weidenfeld & Nicolson / September 2016)

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Wrecked by Maria Padian; design by Liz Casal (Algonquin Young Readers / October 2016)

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Notes:
1. Can anyone tell me who designed it? I would love to add a credit

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