How does one create an iconic book jacket? Riverhead Books art director Helen Yentus Delete and Knopf designer Oliver Munday tried to tackle that question at a Book Expo America panel. We’ve collected three design tips that they shared during the discussion.
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An official trailer has been released for a film adaptation of David Sedaris’ short story, “C.O.G.” We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?
Filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez adapted the story into a screenplay and served as the director. This movie will hit theaters on September 20, 2013.
The original piece, which shares the same title as the movie, was published in Sedaris’ 1997 autobiographical essay collection, Naked. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this project is “the first film based on the works of David Sedaris.”
Amazon has created its own literary fiction imprint called Little A. Designer Chip Kidd created the logos for this new corner of Amazon Publishing.
The new imprint will focus on novels, memoirs and story collections. It will include books by James Franco, A.L. Kennedy and Jenny Davidson. The publisher will also open a digital-only series that will be part of the larger imprint. Check it out:
Day One is a digital-only series within Little A that is focused on short stories from debut writers and is available in North America and in the U.K. The first title, Kodi Scheer’s, haunting, fabulist “When a Camel Breaks Your Heart” was released on February 5, 2013. On March 19, Day One will release “Monster” by McSweeney’s contributor Bridget Clerkin, in which a woman struggles to keep her dysfunctional family
together amid unsettling events–the family dog goes missing and an unidentified, mysterious animal corpse washes up on the beach.
In May, HarperCollins will publish Make Good Art, a Chip Kidd-designed book version of a Neil Gaiman commencement address. Gaiman’s speech at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia went viral last year, sharing “secret freelancer knowledge” that all kinds of writers, editors and freelance workers can use.
We’ve embedded a video of his speech above–it also contains the best advice he ever received, delivered by the great novelist Stephen King. Here is Gaiman’s secret freelancer knowledge:
You get work however you get work, but keep people keep working in a freelance world (and more and more of today’s world is freelance), because their work is good, because they are easy to get along with and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three! Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it is good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.
Do you need a boost of inspiration for the new year? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks in 2012.
Our list includes The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler, The Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green, Lunch Lady graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, The Girl with the Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier and Knopf book designer/writer Chip Kidd.
Back in 2010, Best Colleges Online created a list of “12 essential TED talks for writers.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?
For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including a 125-year wait for a book deal, the most read books in the world and book design tips from Chip Kidd (embedded above).
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1. The Most Read Books in the World: INFOGRAPHIC
2. ‘These Are Your Kids on Books’ Poster Goes Viral
3. Paulo Coelho Sells 99-cent eBooks
4. Henry David Thoreau Video Game Gets $40,000 NEA Grant
5. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
6. INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the 19%
7. A Portrait of Barack Obama as a Literary Young Man
8. Only Two Percent of Bloggers Can Make a Living
9. Chip Kidd Offers Book Designing Tips
10. Self-Published Author Lands Book Deal After 125 Years
Random House book designer Chip Kidd gave a TED talk called “Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.” The video embedded above features his entire talk.
Many publishing executives feel that the cover design is the number one marketing tool in their arsenal. Kidd drew on stories from his twenty-five year career working at Alfred A. Knopf where he creates book covers with “a wicked sense of humor.”
During the talk, Kidd discussed the conceptual processes behind the iconic book covers for Michael Crichton‘s hit novel Jurassic Park (1990), Augusten Burroughs‘s memoir Dry (2004) and the English translation of Haruki Murakami‘s 1Q84 (2011). He shared the following tips on book designing:
Designer Chip Kidd has made covers for Haruki Murakami for years, and he unveiled his latest cover for 1Q84 (embedded above) at the Knopf Doubleday site.
His essay reveals more about the plot of this massive novel.
Here’s more from Kidd: “By using a semi-transparent vellum for the jacket, and printing the woman’s image in a positive/negative scheme with the title on the outside layer and the rest of her on the binding, once the jacket is wrapped around the book it ‘completes’ the picture of her face. But something odd is definitely going on, and before the reader even reads a word, he or she is forced to consider the idea of someone going from one plane of existence to another.”
While this GalleyCat editor has been depressed about missing the San Diego ComicCon, Vice Magazine‘s comic book-focused issue will make any recession-strapped convention absentee happy. The new issue features an interview with Chip Kidd about his “Bat-Manga!” book, comic-themed piece by the artist who designed Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and other unexpected goodies.
It also includes a totally NSFW look at the sadomasochistic later works of founding Superman artist Joe Shuster. The article gives readers a taste of Craig Yoe‘s comic history book, “Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster.”
Here’s an excerpt: “Geez, all the crazy background I unearthed about Shuster’s pornography involvement with the Mob, a murder trial, showgirls, book-burning Supreme Court judges, a hell-bent, coonskin-capped senator, a poetry-spouting, songwriting defense lawyer, and horsewhipped-girls!”
Batman obsessive, book design guru, and author Chip Kidd will write a Batman story for DC Comics.
According to Paste, Kidd has written or co-written three books about the Dark Knight. In 2008, the book nerd published “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan,” a loving tribute to wacky world of Batman comics in Japan during the 1960s–a technicolor Manga treatment of the all-American hero.
Here’s more: “The news came via Twitter (where else?) from one of the audience members at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, who witnessed Kidd’s announcement and promptly spread the good news throughout the nerd world.” (Via Afterword)
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