Another month of books, another month of book covers. We’ve entered what is arguably the most exciting season for books, and so naturally, the covers follow. Here are my favorites from September:
This layered, cut paper treatment is delicate and extravagant at once.
What to even say about this glorious, insane book cover? Sometimes, the weirder the better.
This reminds me pleasantly of those Nabokov backlist butterfly box redesigns (which John Gall art directed—gasp—fourteen years ago), but with a sleekly updated vibe.
This is just a really good idea, and plus it made me smile.
I love the strangeness of the image, neatly paired with the cover text.
(In real life, it shimmers.)
A simple, straightforward text-based cover that’s elevated by the color choices.
Another cover that makes excellent use of a piece of art.
A parade of pink torsos? Gotta love it.
Another layered cover (in a shade of green you don’t see too often on book covers).
Now this one reminds me pleasantly of Peter Mendlesund’s Kafka backlist redesigns (only 12 years ago, whew). The coin makes for a very fun twist.
It takes a few moments to see the subtle shifting in the painting, but what’s really daring is that bleeding text treatment.
Big and bold and beautiful.
“There was so much imagery to be inspired by in this book, it was hard to zero in one thing!” Anna Kochman told Lit Hub. “Originally this illustration was part of a panel design, using a few different images, but it was the one that seemed to call to everyone. I think the style of illustration and the amazing expression in the eyes of the catamount really suit the tone of the book, and when we let it stand alone it felt right.” It certainly does.
Macabre and brilliant.
This looks like a simple cover at first glance, but it’s actually playing with perspective in some really interesting ways—look for the sky behind the text, the light in the corners. Where are we?
Behold the power of a single, dynamic image (and the text treatment to support it).
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