The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 23, 2011
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Peirene Press is small independent publisher in the UK specializing in previously untranslated contemporary European novellas. Their most recent series of books, designed by Sacha Davison Lunt, has been short-listed for the 2011 British Book Design and Production Awards in … Continue reading

September 21, 2011
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Marjane Satrapi | Ideas

Iranian cartoonist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, best known for her memoir Persepolis, talks to CBC Radio’s Eleanor Wachtel about her life, her work and a new film adaptation of her book Chicken with Plums: CBC Radio Ideas: Wachtel on the Arts … Continue reading

June 17, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Simplicity and Economy — Mike Dempsey profiles Keith Cunningham, who designed book covers for Peter Owen, for the Foyles bookshop blog: A tight discipline can galvanise a creative designer’s mind and Cunningham rose to the occasion with his very first cover … Continue reading

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