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Book Covers of Note January 2017


My first post of 2017 includes some cracking new book covers fresh this month, and a few handsome stragglers from the end of 2016… Happy New Year! 

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson; design by Erin Fitzsimmons (Katherine Tegen Books / January 2017)

Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller; design by Elena Giavaldi; art by Lee Price (Liveright / January 2017)

Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez; design by Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein (Delacorte / January 2017) 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber; design by Erin Fitzsimmons and Ray Shappell (Flatiron / January 2017)

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels; design David Pearson (Pluto Press / January 2017)

Enigma Variations by André Aciman; design by Na Kim (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Januay 2017)

The Futures by Anna Pitoniak; design by Lauren Harms (Lee Boudreaux Books / January 2017)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; design by Nathan Burton (Viking / January 2017)

The cover of the US edition of Homegoing, published in 2016 by Knopf, was designed by Peter Mendelsund:

Jerusalem Ablaze by Orlando Ortega-Medina; design by La Boca (Cloud Lodge Books / January 2017)

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney; design by Olga Grlic (St. Martin’s Press / January 2017)

London Perceived by V. S. Pritchett; Nathan Burton (Daunt Books / November 2016)

Lotus by Lijia Zhang; design by Adly Elewa (Henry Holt / January 2017)

Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran; design by Stephen Brayda (G.P. Putnam’s Sons / January 2017)

Nicotine by Gregor Hens; design by John Gall (Other Press / January 2017)

Novels, Tales, Journeys The Complete Prose of Alexander Pushkin; design by Oliver Munday (Knopf / November 2016)

Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo; design Suzanne Dean; photograph by Robin Friend (Chatto & Windus / January 2017)

A People’s History of the Russian Revolution by Neil Faulkner; design by Jamie Keenan (Pluto Press / January 2017)

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga; design by Matt Dorfman (Scribner / January 2017)

Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg; design David Pearson; illustration Tom Frost (Portobello Books / January 2017)

Virgin and Other Stories by April Ayers Lawson; design by James Paul Jones (Granta / January 2017)

Walking in Berlin by Franz Hessel; design by Nathan Burton (Scribe / December 2016)

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo; design by Bill Bragg (Faber & Faber / January 2017)

We Will Not Be Silenced edited by William I. Robinson & Maryam S. Griffin; design by James Paul Jones (Pluto Press / January 2017)

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  1. Agh. So many great covers, so much great design. With all of your “of Note” posts I just keep scrolling down and back up and back down…

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