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Book Covers of Note, October 2017

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I have steadily fallen further and further behind with my cover posts this year. There is some cracking work in this month’s round-up. But I can’t help feeling that there are some covers missing. Somehow it almost November, and I have run out of time. If I don’t post this now, I will never catch up! 

All We Saw by Anne Michaels; design by Janet Hansen; photograph by Jouke Bos (Knopf / October 2017)

Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan; design by Micaela Alcaino (Harpercollins / October 2017)

Crossings by Jon Kerstetter; design by Matt Dorfman (Random House / September 2017)

The Dead Husband Project by Sarah Meehan Sirk; design by Jennifer Griffiths (Anchor Canada / August 2017)

George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl; design by Gray318 (Simon & Schuster / September 2017)

(Someone on Twitter recently asked about current book cover design trends. If I had to pick one out for 2017, it would be crossed-out words)

He Doesn’t Hurt People Anymore by Dane Swan; design by 13Jupiters (Dumagrad Books / October 2017)

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado; design by Kimberly Glyder (Graywolf / October 2017)

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez; design by Connie Gabbert (Knopf / October 2017)

Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown; design by Anna Morrison (Fourth Estate / September 2017)

My Ariel by Sina Queyras; design by Ingrid Paulson (Coach House Books / September 2017)

The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne; design by M.S. Corley (Thomas & Mercer / October 2017)

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed; design by Alex Robbins (Simon Pulse / October 2017)

Russia: A Short History by Abraham Ascher; design by Kishan Rajani (Oneworld / October 2017)

A Selfie As Big As the Ritz by Lara Williams; design by Janet Hansen; art by Nathan Manire (Flat Iron Books / October 2017)

Such great image selection from Janet on both these covers… and I love the restraint of the type. Beautiful stuff. 

Spectatorship edited by Roxanne Samer and William Whittington; design by  Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein (University of Texas Press / October 2017)

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash; design by Micaela Alcaino (Borough Press / September 2017)

The cover of the US edition of Stephen Floridadesigned by Karl Engebretson with an illustration by George Boorujy, was included in my June round-up.

This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson; by design Alysia Shewchuk; photograph of ‘Mixed Blessing’ by Rebecca Belmore by Toni Hafkenshied (House of Anansi /  April 2017)

The Whole Beautiful World by Melissa Kuipers; design by Tree Abraham (Brindle & Glass / October 2017)

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  1. All examples of how it pays to have your book cover designed by a professional. It’s the introduction to your book. If the cover image isn’t great, less people will be inclined to read it.

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