A great new entry in the books on book covers genre!
Related: I have a board of skull covers on Pinterest if that is your thing.
The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin; design by Rachel Willey (Henry Holt / April 2018)
For some reason this reminded me of a Peter Mendelsund’s 2009(!) cover design for Vintage’s Foucault list. In reality, they don’t actually look that a like at all:
The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan; design Julia Connolly (Harvill Secker / April 2018)
Jeffrey also did a cover for The Call, the first book in this series,
A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley; design by Kyle G. Hunter (Graywolf / May 2018)
I have to confess that I’m including this partly because I recently had a conversation about a street scene on a book cover with a publisher. The publisher said the author insisted on using a specific photo, which always makes things difficult, but all the same, I felt the photo could be used more effectively. The cover for A Lucky Man isn’t fancy, but it does the job really well — while there is a sense of place and atmosphere (it may even be recognizable if you know the street?), there is also ambiguity that leaves it open to interpretation. The blue of the authors name echoes the blue of a sign in the photo, but it doesn’t over do it — it’s nicely understated.
Using a Nan Goldin photo feels like a bold choice — especially for one of the most anticipated books of the year. I don’t know… perhaps Goldin’s photos aren’t as controversial as they once were? It seems appropriate to me, but then I Goldin’s photography. I guess the cover of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihana used a photo by Peter Hujar…?
In any case, it’s quite different look from The Flamethrowers cover (designed by Charlotte Strick), and yet the compositions seem to echo each other (the horizontal bands of title — rectangular photo — author) when you place them side by side:
The Pisces by Melissa Broder; design by Rachel Willey (Bloomsbury / May 2018)
You can read about the process behind this cover on the Faber blog.
Nicole’s recent covers for Counterpoint all work quite well together. It’s interesting that snaking curves — a worm, a road, an actual snake! — appears in the background of these three:
Clearly I have a thing for black, white and red covers this month!