Posts Tagged: book covers

Christie Watson credit Cheryl George

Guildtalk #2: The Rumpus Interview with Christie Watson

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For our second installment of Guildtalk, Christie Watson talks about theme in writing, working in a children's ICU, and her new novel, Where Women Are Kings. ...more

Judging by the Cover

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Covers not only stage an interaction between word and image, printed matter and visual representation, they also broker various connections among reader, designer, editor, publisher, and bookseller.

Using Peter Mendelsund’s amazing books Cover and What We See When We Read as a jumping-off point, and invoking covers of books like Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar, David J.

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Rigoberto Gonzalez

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Rigoberto González

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Rigoberto González about his new book Our Lady of the Crossword, cover image censorship, and the BP oil disaster. ...more

Reviewing the Absurd

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Wired is launching a book review section—of absurd self-published titles. Jason Kehe will in fact be judging books by their cover, selecting the books he reviews for the regular column by browsing the blog Kindle Cover Disasters. The first title in the series is Moira, The Zorzen War, The Divided Worlds Book 3:

If you’re confused, Moira probably is too.

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Peter Mendelsund (color) (c) George Baier IV

The Rumpus Interview with Peter Mendelsund

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Writer, designer, and thinker Peter Mendelsund talks about book design, the tangled process of reading and perception, and his two new books, Cover and What We See When We Read. ...more

Seeing is Reading

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For those of us who haven’t glanced at e.e. cummings since high school, it’s easy to forget that literature is a visual medium. When we think about reading, our minds often go straight to content. But rockstar cover designer Peter Mendelsund’s masterful work of phenomenology, What We See When We Read (Random House), minces popular conceptions of reading into scattered piles of type.

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Books by Their Covers

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London-based artist Jamie Kennan has designed covers for books by Franz Kafka, T.S. Eliot, and Vladimir Nabokov. In an interview with It’s Nice That, Kennan talks about why he loves designing book covers:

Designing a book cover is great because you can treat it as a piece of packaging, a mini poster, corporate identity, something to use illustration on, or photography, be purely typographical, figurative or conceptual with just the right amount of type to play around with, have complete ownership; and even if you mess up totally, nobody dies.

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American Book Cover in Paris (and Lots of Other Foreign Places)

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SF Gate has a neato slideshow comparing American book covers to their foreign editions.

Sometimes they change barely at all (Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones), while sometimes they’re unrecognizable—Maggie Shipstead’s Seating Arrangements gets not only a visual redesign but a whole new title in tongue-twisting German compounds.

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