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Where the Cover of Your Favorite Novel Comes From ⇢


Every three months or so, we gather together. In our hands, launch meeting packets still hot off the copy machine. Our editor-in-chief sits at the head of the double-long conference table, and introduces us, the weary and largely bespectacled, to the newest crop of books. Over the years I’ve found that most editors describe their hopes and dreams for their future covers in the same ways. Please make them look “hip,” “sexy,” and—oh yes!—”fresh, too”! Our job as jacket designers is to keep reinterpreting these well-worn requests.

Book jacket designers are such rare birds that people outside the publishing industry are generally shocked to learn of our existence. My father was a publisher, and my earliest memories include frustrations that the covers of my favorite books in my parents’ library didn’t match their interiors. I’ve been privileged to sit through 33 or so launch meetings during my 11 years at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, located on the 7th and 8th floors of 18 West 18th Street in New York City. Our cadre of authors includes, to name only a few, Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Davis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ian Frazier, and Marilyn Robinson. I’m in very good company.

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Can’t-Miss Reads for Your Day Off

We were a little delayed at the airport tonight, but I had two great pieces to help pass the time:

  1. Paul Haggis vs The Church of Scientology in The New Yorker. I know it’s long (helps to print this one out), but both my husband and I found it fascinating.

  2. Consumed in Outdoor Magazine. It’s the riveting true story whitewater kayaker Hendrik Coetzee who rode the wildest rivers in Africa up until December 2010. I think it’s safe to assume a film adaptation will be in the works.

On the novel front, I just started Marilynne Robinson's novel, Housekeeping. Robinson currently teaches at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop (hence my bias) and won me over with her 2008 novel, Home.

So. What are you all reading? What should I spend some time with tomorrow?

Bookshelf Porn

I’m not going to show you what our bookcase looks like. It’s a disaster. Any day now, it will buckle under the weight of all the books crammed in there. Just yesterday, I broached the subject with my husband.

How apropos that I then find Bookshelf Porn! Loving it.

Obviously, I’m drawn to the neat and tidy displays.

I’ve also always secretly wanted a ladder for my giant bookshelf. Oh, who are we kidding. I’d like a ladder to reach the coffee mugs in our kitchen.

Also a big fan of mixing books with other objects in your house.

Gah. This one made my heart skip as it combines two of my favorite things: books AND SECRET PASSAGEWAYS. I think I just died.

How do you house your books?


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