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June 3, 2015
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Book Covers of Note June 2015

I don’t know where last month went, but somehow it’s June already and it’s time for another selection of recent book covers: A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa; design by Julia Connolly (Harvill Secker / June 2015) The … Continue reading

September 25, 2014
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Beasts! Reptiles and Amphibians

As a Friday follow-up to Tuesday’s post on wild beasts, here’s a look at reptiles and amphibians on book covers: Alligator by Lisa Moore; design by Bill Douglas (House of Anansi Press / September 2005) The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg; … Continue reading

August 5, 2014
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Book Covers of Note August 2014

Here is this month’s selection of recently noted covers: 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino; design by Christopher Brand (Crown August 2014) The Bend of the World by Jacob Bacharach; design by Jamie Keenan (W. W. Norton … Continue reading

July 17, 2014
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Books on Book Covers

It started, innocently enough, with a tweet from my friend Steven Beattie, book review editor of Canada’s Quill & Quire magazine, about the cover of The Most Dangerous Book, Kevin Birmingham’s new ‘biography’ of Ulysses by James Joyce, designed by Ben … Continue reading

May 12, 2014
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Book Covers of Note May 2014

Another month, another selection of beautiful book covers… The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin; design by Jo Thomson (Mantle May 2014) The Bees by Laline Paull; design by Steve Attardo (Ecco May 2014) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige; design … Continue reading

January 11, 2010
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Ben Wiseman | Chekhov

I really like these Chekov covers for W.W. Norton by Rodrigo Corral Design’s Ben Wiseman: But I think the alternates are pretty special too: There is a very short interview with Ben at idsgn. (via FormFiftyFive and Cosas Visuales) Update: … Continue reading

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