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Books, Design and Culture

November 5, 2016
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The London Library Designs by David Pearson

I mentioned Pushkin Press‘s ‘Found on the Shelves’ series earlier this year. The books celebrate 175 years of The London Library, and four more are coming out this month. The entire series has covers designed by David Pearson and, I’m happy to say, three … Continue reading

March 21, 2016
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David Pearson Found on the Shelves

At The Bookseller, designer David Pearson talks about his new cover designs for Pushkin Press’s ‘Found on the Shelves’ series celebrating 175 years of the London Library: At the heart of successful series design is motif – be it colour, type, … Continue reading

October 8, 2015
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Jamie Keenan on Book Cover Design

Book designer Jamie Keenan talks to Shiny New Books about his design process and designing the covers for Pushkin Press’s Vertigo imprint: I think designers might have brains that are set up slightly differently to ‘normal’ people (there are always a … Continue reading

August 26, 2015
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Pushkin Vertigo Crime Series Designed by Jamie Keenan

At the Creative Review blog, Jamie Keenan talks about his cover designs for Pushkin Press‘s new crime fiction imprint Pushkin Vertigo: “From the beginning I wanted to come up with something that looked alien, as though someone had brought it … Continue reading

November 5, 2014
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A Little Film About… Jean Jullien

Another cover featured in this month’s round-up was Jean Jullien‘s illustrated design for Dear Reader by Paul Fournel, published by Pushkin Press. In this short film by Handsome Frank, Jullien talks about his work, drawing with a brush, his relationship with technology, … Continue reading

April 9, 2014
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The Lost World of Stefan Zweig

At the LA Review of Books, Tara Isabella Burton reviews The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig recently published by Pushkin Press:  Zweig’s world is the world of the exile: the world of those displaced — by war, imprisonment, or by life, … Continue reading

June 18, 2013
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Ryu Murakami Cover Designs by David Pearson

I’ve already posted a couple of David Pearson‘s cover designs for the new Pushkin Press editions of Ryu Murakami’s novels, so I thought I might as well put them all in one place:  Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryu … Continue reading

June 13, 2013
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Ryu Murakami: Against the Mainstream

Pushkin Press have posted an interesting Q & A with author Ryu Murakami, whose new novel, From the Fatherland, with Love, was published last month: For me, there’s nothing ordinary or routine about writing novels, though I’ve been doing it … Continue reading

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