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Books, Design and Culture

May 14, 2018
by Dan

Book Covers of Note May 2018

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo; design by Gray318 (Atlantic Books / May 2018) A great new entry in the books on book covers genre!  Awayland by Ramona Ausubel; design by Alex Merto (Riverhead / March 2018) Be … Continue reading

April 13, 2018
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note April 2018

Here are April’s cover selections. Lots of very big type this month!  Black Swans by Eve Babitz; design by Kelly Winton (Counterpoint / April 2017) This goes rather nicely with last year’s cover for Babitz’s novel Sex and Rage also … Continue reading

March 16, 2018
by Dan

Book Covers of Note March 2018

Lots to see this month, including several YA covers (which I know will please some regular readers), some ‘big’ literary fiction, and a couple of confrontational nonfiction covers to round it out. Enjoy!     Aetherial Worlds by Tatyana Tolstaya; design … Continue reading

February 16, 2018
by Dan

Book Covers of Note February 2018

I such good intentions to post more often this year. Ah well… Here are this month’s cover selections at least… An American Marriage by Tayari Jones; design by Jaya Miceli (Algonquin Books / February 2018) Building and Dwelling by Richard … Continue reading

January 16, 2018
by Dan

Book Covers of Note January 2018

I was sure that 2018 would be different from 2017, and yet here we are… Happy New Year!  The Age of Caesar by Plutarch; translation by Pamela Mensch; design by Catherine Casalino (W.W. Norton / January 2018) The Book of … Continue reading

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