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May 1, 2012
by Dan
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St. Aubyn Redesigns by Stuart Wilson

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Stuart Wilson’s unsettling redesigns for the Picador (UK) editions of the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Here’s the full the set:

February 22, 2012
by Dan
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Edward St. Aubyn on WNYC

Edward St. Aubyn, author of the Patrick Melrose novels, talks about his new book At Last (finally released in North America last week) with Leonard Lopate on WNYC: At Last is also reviewed by Michiko Kakutani in today’s New York Times. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

December 5, 2011
by Dan
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Raincoast Spring Books

I was out west for the Raincoast Books spring 2012 sales conference last week. Sadly I didn’t get to see much of Vancouver or catch up with half the people I meant to, but I did get to hear about a … Continue reading

October 4, 2011
by Dan
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Edmund de Waal | WNYC

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate spoke to ceramicist Edmund de Waal yesterday about his award-winning book The Hare With Amber Eyes: Later in the same show, Lopate also spoke to Canadian author Michael Ondaatje about his new novel The Cat’s Table. Coincidentally, Ondaatje was in the audience … Continue reading

August 2, 2011
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Humiliation | Henry Sene Yee

Just too good not to share, here’s an unused comp for Humiliation by Wayne Koestenbaum  designed by Henry Sene Yee for Picador’s Big Ideas // Small Books series. The photograph is by Jon Shireman. You can see the final cover and … Continue reading

July 18, 2011
by Dan
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Richard Price Paperbacks | Henry Sene Yee

Columbine and A Wall in Palestine: cover designs by Henry Sene Yee Henry Sene Yee is a designer and art director at Picador USA. The very of his best work (and all of it is good) — his cover designs … Continue reading

March 23, 2011
by Dan
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Picador Spring 2011 Covers

Picador have just posted all their Spring 2011 covers to Facebook. There’s some lovely work. Here are a few favourites: The Fever: Cover design by LeeAnn Falciani Watching the World Change: Cover design by Henry Sene Yee • Cover photograph … Continue reading

December 11, 2009
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

It’s been a slightly shite week in the book trade this week. Amidst the plethora of end of year/decade “Best of…” lists and gift guides, it was announced that Kirkus and Editor & Publisher Magazine are going to close (are … Continue reading

October 14, 2009
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Missed Things: Wednesday

Henry Sene Yee, Creative Director of Picador, discusses the elegantly understated cover design for Time by Eva Hoffman, the latest addition to Picador’s BIG IDEAS // small books series. And I’ve mentioned this before but it bears repeating: Picador are … Continue reading

August 21, 2009
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Something for the Weekend, August 21st, 2009

Picador Paperback have posted their fall catalogue to Facebook. Apparently they also did this with their spring list too . Needless to say, I think this is  a great idea. Is any one else doing it? (via Arthur’s Design) Control — … Continue reading

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