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Book Covers of Note July 2017

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Something… something… vacation… something… jetlag…. something… inbox… something… Oh look! It’s July’s book covers!1

Album for the Young (and Old) by Vera Pavlova; design by Janet Hansen (Knopf / April 2017)

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota; design by Kimberly Glyder (Viking / July 2017)

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson; design by Steven Leard (Oneworld / July 2017)

The Conference of Birds by Attar, translated by Sholeh Wolpé; design by Jaya Miceli (W. W. Norton / April 2017)

Equipment for Living on Poetry and Pop Music by Michael Robbins; design by Thomas Colligan (Simon & Schuster / July 2017)

Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma; design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Scribner / June 2017)

Fly Me by Daniel Riley; design by Lucy Kim (Little, Brown & Co. / June 2017)

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed; design by Yeti Lambregts (Tinder Press / July 2017)

Goodnight Boy by Nikki Sheehan; design by Edward Bettison (Oneworld / July 2017)

The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins; design by Pete Adlington (Canongate / July 2017)

The cover of the US edition, designed by the aforementioned Thomas Colligan for Scribner, is an interesting compare and contrast:

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave; design by Jennifer Heuer (Simon & Schuster / July 2017)

Hollow by Owen Egerton; design by Matt Dorfman (Counterpoint / July 2017)

I Must Belong Somewhere by Jonathan Dean; design by Dan Mogford (Weidenfeld & Nicolson / May 2017)

(This would be a nice addition to this old list of maps on book covers)

Investigations of a Dog by Franz Kafka, translated by Michael Hofmann; design by John Gall (New Directions / May 2017)

Kompromat by Stanley Johnson; design by James Paul Jones (Oneworld / July 2017)

The Lawn Job by Chuck Caruso; design by La Boca (Cloud Lodge Books / July 2017)

A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma; design Peter Mendelsund (W.W. Norton / July 2017)

The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof by César Aira; design by Rodrigo Corral; lettering by June Park (New Directions / June 2017)

And as this is two stories in one, you get a fancy back cover too…. 

The covers of the UK editions of César Aira’s books The Little Buddhist Monk, The Proof, and The Seamstress and the Wind, published separately by And Other Stories, were designed by Edward Bettison:

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz; design by Will Staehle (Harper / June 2017)

Shark Drunk by Morten Strøksnes; design by Oliver Munday (Knopf / June 2017)

(Much as I love Oliver’s cover — particularly his choice of type — it immediately reminded me Tom Lenartowicz’s minimalist Jaws design)

Smoke by Dan Vyleta; design Mark Abrams; illustration by Alejandro García Restrepo (Anchor / June 2017)

Mark Swan‘s design for the UK hardcover, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was one of my favourite covers of last year (I liked the book a lot too!)… 

Storming Heaven by Steve Wright; design by David A. Gee (Pluto Press / July 2017)

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman; design Helen Crawford-White (Ebury Press / June 2017)

Things To Do When You’re a Goth in the Country by Chavisa Woods; design by Adam Lewis Greene (Seven Stories Press / May 2017)

Under the Skin by Michel Faber; design by Rafi Romaya; illustration Yehrin Tong (Canongate / July 2017)

What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah; design by Jaya Miceli (Riverhead / April 2017)

Writing Not Writing by Tom Fisher; design by  Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein (University of Iowa Press / July 2017)

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1. All of which is to say I’ve been on vacation, mostly offline, and I haven’t looked around a bookstore properly in weeks. I’m really behind with just about everything, and this post was all terribly late minute. Sorry. August’s post will be late too. (Also Sorry.)

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