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April 12, 2017
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note April 2017

This edition of ‘book covers of note’ is brought to you entirely by Gray318 who designed the covers of all the books published this month. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but Jon did design FOUR of the covers on my list — all … Continue reading

March 14, 2016
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Book Covers of Note March 2016

Much later than usual, here are this month’s book cover selections… Cambodia Noir by Nick Seeley; design by Alex Merto (Simon & Schuster / March 2016) Heads by Jesse Jarnow; design by Alex Camlin (Da Capo / March 2016) A House Full … Continue reading

September 2, 2015
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Book Covers of Note September 2015

Something of a bumper post this month — a real mix of approaches, and a number YA titles to boot. Enjoy! The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector; design by Paul Sahre (New Directions / August 2015) Consumed by David Cronenberg; design by David A. … Continue reading

August 10, 2015
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Book Covers of Note August 2015

The entire book industry isn’t on vacation. It only seems that way. Here’s August’s book covers of note… The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction by Tom Perrin; design Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Macmillan / August 2016) Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by … Continue reading

May 5, 2015
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Book Covers of Note May 2015

This month’s post is very heavy on illustrated and hand-lettered covers for some reason, but it’s all the prettier for it… All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo; design by Justine Anweiler; illustration by Daphne van … Continue reading

March 3, 2015
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Book Covers of Note March 2015

Here is March’s selection of new and noteworthy covers. It’s a little bit of the Merto and Mendelsund show I’ll admit, but I assure you there really are some brilliant covers by other designers this month too! The A-Z of You and Me … Continue reading

January 12, 2015
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Books Covers of Note January 2015

January’s selections include some of this month’s new releases plus a few stragglers from 2014 that were undeservedly overlooked last year: Against the Country by Ben Metcalf; design and illustration by Leanne Shapton (Random House / January 2015) A Bad Character by … Continue reading

June 2, 2014
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note June 2014

Well, this seems to have become a regular thing doesn’t it? I have to confess that I still haven’t quite figured out exactly what covers to include in these monthly posts, only that they’re recent and I like them. It’s … Continue reading

April 13, 2014
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Book Cover Design on Tumblr

There is a Casual Optimist Tumblr as you know, but I don’t post a lot of new book covers there. Fortunately there are other Tumblrs that do focus on book cover design if that’s your thing. Here are a few … Continue reading

April 7, 2014
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Recent Book Covers of Note April 2014

The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman; design by Pablo Delcán (Pantheon January 2014) Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi; design by Jo Thomson (Picador March 2014) Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi; design by Helen Yentus (Riverhead March 2014) Chop Chop … Continue reading

March 12, 2014
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Recent Covers of Note March 2014

The Arsonist by Sue Miller; design by Greg Heinimann Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor; design by Clare Skeats Beauty by Frederick Dillen; design by Christopher Lin Dreams of the Good Life by Richard Mabey; illustration by Millie Marotta; design Samantha Johnson / … Continue reading

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