The 139 Best Book Covers of 2023 ‹ Literary Hub

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For what is nowthe eighth timein a row, I am pleased to present the best book covers of the yearas chosen by some of the industrys best book cover designers.

This year, I asked 47 designers to share their favorite covers of the year, and they came back with a grand total of 139 covers (!), representing work by 85 different designers for 74 different imprints at home and abroad. The designers’ choices, and their comments, are below.

But first . . . the stats.

The best of the best book covers:

First place (12 mentions):

Szilvia Molnar, The Nursery
design by Linda Huang (Pantheon, March 21)

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Second place (8 mentions):

Olga Ravn,The Employees
design by Paul Sahre (New Directions, February 7)

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Third place (tie6 mentions each):

Greg Jackson, The Dimensions of a Cave
Design by Jamie Keenan (Granta Books, October 26)

Celina Baljeet Basra,Happy
Design by Alex Merto (Astra House, November 14)

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The presses with the most covers on the list:

First place:
FSG (19 covers)

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Second place:
New Directions (11 covers)

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Third place:
Pantheon (7 covers)

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The designers with the most different covers on the list:

First place:
Na Kim (7 covers)

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Second place:
Alex Merto (6 covers)

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Third place (3-way tie)
Jamie Keenan, June Park, Jaya Miceli (5 covers each)

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The best month for book covers:

First place:
August(20 covers)

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Second place:
September (19 covers)

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Third place:
October(18 covers)

The Nursery; cover design by Linda Huang (Pantheon, March 21)

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Design by Linda Huang

Such wonderful simplicity, but also cleverly articulating a newborn’s not fully developed vision and the new mother’s struggle with her dissolving identity. Love the placement of ‘A Novel’.

Holly Ovenden

Everything about this cover is so elegant and minimal. Using “a novel” as part of the illustration is such a clever way to keep from adding more elements to it.

Vivian Lopez Rowe

Na Kim

I gasped when I first saw this cover. Such a genius idea that speaks perfectly to the title while also avoiding cliches. The blurring is perfection.

Jaya Nicely

Yes.

Erik Carter

Perfectly captures the bleariness of new motherhood. Best design use of “A Novel” I’ve seen in a long time.

Jenny Carrow

Tender, brilliant, beautiful. I almost cant believe that Linda was able to get this approved, but Im so glad she did.

Alicia Tatone

Although this cover is blurred we know exactly what were looking at. Playful and surprising, yet elegant.

Stephanie Ross

Its placement of a novel for me. Genius!

Cecilia Zhang

What a smart and sophisticated solution, it’s really beautiful.

June Park

It’s perfect. The perfect choice of color, type, and image. Linda managed to find a refreshing way to evoke the tenderness, pain, and love of motherhood.

Arsh Raziuddin

Such a bold, simple and evocative visualization of postpartum depression. Love the way “a novel” is set here and becomes part of the narrative.

Yang Kim

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Olga Ravn,The Employees(paperback) (New Directions, February 7)
Design by Paul Sahre

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Design by Paul Sahre

YESSS!

Janet Hansen

Na Kim

No water cooler talk in this office. The dripping “s” in the title is a smart way to echo the overflow above.

Stephen Brayda

Sinister stock image and haunted office noticeboard type, this cover looks like nothing else. Also the back cover is a work of art in itself.

Tom Etherington

This is my favorite book cover of 2023. The image is left to sing and the simple, off-kilter type works perfectly in concert.

Beth Steidle

This seems like a depiction of an intrusive thought a bored office worker would have while at the water cooler. The falling s adds to the overall despondent mood.

Stephanie Ross

The cover is beautiful, but the back cover is even better.

Arsh Raziuddin

For me, the most striking cover of the year, hands-down. The back cover is just as good, too.

Luke Bird

Happy; cover design by Alex Merto (Astra House, November 14)

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Design by Alex Merto

Joyful, smart, eye-catchinginstantly iconic.

Holly Ovenden

Na Kim

Amusing, witty, and incredibly clevera funhouse distortion of the stereotypical happy face. Turning the book over is an added treatyoure greeted with an inverted version of the cover, with that elongated smile turned wistfully upside down.

Devin Grosz

This makes me feel happy.

Tyler Comrie

Always a sucker for a bold smiley (and frowny!) face cover.

Yang Kim

Just makes you smile. The use of the space is the key to this. Looks so nice on the shelf too.

Jon Gray

 

The Dimensions of a Cave (Granta Books [UK], October 26)
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Greg Jackson, The Dimensions of a Cave (Granta Books [UK], October 26)
Design by Jamie Keenan

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Design by Jamie Keenan
Stephen Brayda

A truly weird cover, and the flaps made me laugh out loud.

Tom Etherington

This design is so clever and trippytricking you into thinking you are looking at the back flap of the book. What’s really great is that the entire jacket follows through with the concept.

Laywan Kwan

I love the back flap image on the front cover. So clever!

Jaya Miceli

The U.S. design is excellent as well, but a particular nod of respect to the U.K. design, a mind-bender of a jacket.

Mark Abrams

Brilliant idea, brilliantly executed. So good its almost unsettling.

Luke Bird

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Bronwyn Fischer, The Adult
Design by Kate Sinclair

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Design by Kate Sinclair

Gorgeous execution!

Janet Hansen

Erik Carter

The juxtaposition of the cool, linear paint “tears” with the hyperreal portrait is enough to make ME cry. Achingly gorgeous.

Alison Forner

Stunning interpretation of a coming-of-age novel. The super-tight crop and brush strokes work brilliantly.

Luke Bird

I love the use of photography and paint here. Just beautiful and emotive.

Jon Gray

Monstrilio; cover design by Alex Merto (Zando, March 7)

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Design by Alex Merto

The liquidy script, creepy monster, and colorful geometric shapes combo create an intriguing and magical world I want to learn more about.

Janet Hansen

The contrast between the cheery, childlike shapes and the monster lurking down on the bottom edge makes for a compelling cover.

Stephanie Ross

The creature catches you by complete surprise in its unexpected placement beneath all the happy shapes and loopy type. The eeriness of those eyes stayed with me, even after I put the cover down. Unsettling in all the best ways.

Cecilia Zhang

I had no idea Alex was behind this cover the whole year I’d admired it. I love everything about it; the choice of fonts, the colorful shapes, the crouching monster… everything seems to be in perfect harmony, but the tension is palpable. I want a poster!

June Park

It’s not easy to make a cover with a red-eyed monster appealing…I guess that is unless you’re Alex Merto.

Grace Han

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Design by Na Kim

Hauntingly beautiful. The glossy slab in the center, the glimmer of the gold typography, the creature emerging from the inky blacknessthe alchemy of these elements reflect the novels theme of a story blotted out and then resurrected.

Devin Grosz

This cover is a perfect example of how to do a lot with very little. It’s an exercise in minimalism and contrast that manages to feel lush, textural, and mysterious.

Beth Steidle

Simple but effectively executed black-on-black art. It’s smart and elegant.

Yeon Kim

It’s the wild colour scheme that freaks me out,” said Zaphod, whose love affair with the ship had lasted almost three minutes into the flight. “Every time you try and operate these weird black controls that are labeled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up in black to let you know you’ve done it. -The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Mark Abrams

I already thought it was perfect, and then I saw ‘a novel’. Brilliant.

Arsh Raziuddin

The Sun Walks Down; cover design by Na Kim (FSG, February 14)

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Design by Na Kim

This cover feels simultaneously bold and delicate. I cant get over the A Novel disappearing into the haze. Another one that made me gasp on first sight.

Jaya Nicely

I love how beautifully simple yet atmospheric this book cover is, It’s mesmerising, like staring into the literal sun!

Kishan Rajani

Moody! I love looking at this.

Anna Kochman

When it comes to effectively utilizing negative space, Na Kim dominatesand this cover is no exception. It’s like a colorful abstract painting that evokes pure emotion.

Pete Garceau

The Sorrows of Others (Public Space Books, May 9)
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Ada Zhang, The Sorrows of Others (Public Space Books, May 9)
Design by Janet Hansen

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Design by Janet Hansen

In a world of big shouty titles, this cover really stands out. So elegant and understated.

Tom Etherington

Simple, quiet and beautiful. I love the gradating colors.

Jaya Nicely

The delicately intertwined arrows work as a perfect visual metaphor for these storiesevoking the journeys undertaken by the characters across continents, generations, and deep within their own emotional landscapes. A quiet gem.

Devin Grosz

Allison Saltzman

The Love of Singular Men (New Directions, September 5)
Design by Pablo Delcan

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Design by Pablo Delcan

Eye-catching perfection. I can’t stop staring at the sun. The red type on top of the green creates just the right amount of vibration.

Sarah Schulte

Na Kim

Simple geometric shapes, beautiful colour and Ed Ruscha type on an uncoated paper. Take my money.

Tom Etherington

The simplicity and confidence of this cover just work!

Cecilia Zhang

Gone to the Wolves (FSG, May 2)
Design by Thomas Colligan

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Design by Thomas Colligan

My favorite cover of the year. I’m a huge fan of the metal lettering + foil + pink endpapers.

Stephen Brayda

Na Kim

Exquisitely channeling the heavy-metal-death-cult vibe.

Lauren Peters-Collaer

The type! The holographic foil! Just so much fun and visually electrifying.

Yang Kim

Family Meal (Riverhead, October 10)
Design by Grace Han

You can hear these forks scraping! The odd colors add even more tension.

Jenny Carrow

Bryan Washingtons covers have all been so bold and witty, and this most recent one is no exception!

Cassie Gonzales

This color combo is so unexpected and strangely appealing. I really love when color can do a lot of the heavy lifting in creating a compelling cover. And this is a great example of color that is not in your face but still eye-catching.

Lauren Harms

The interlocking forks! This cover feels so fresh.

Lauren Peters-Collaer

My Work; cover design by Joan Wong (New Directions, October 10)

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Design by Joan Wong

I love everything Joan Wong x New Directions. Joan has a beautifully distinctive style, and she continues to do something surprising each and every time. Poster please!

June Park

Meltingly good.

Mark Abrams

Beautiful.

Grace Han

Another bold interruption of a sweet image, this time with a more disturbing feel.

Lucy Kim

The Future Future; cover design by Alex Merto (FSG, October 17)

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Design by Alex Merto

A thrilling mash-up of old and modern, brilliantly executed. Its also hilarious that the lady is plummeting rather violently yet her expression remains unperturbed.

Linda Huang

Perfect execution of an exceptional concept. Everything works in concert here to evoke both old and new.

Alison Forner

The use of color, texture, and repetition is incredibly engaging. Every choice is so well conceived.

Emily Mahon

It’s not just the treatment of the artwork, but the way the type echoes it that really makes me love this.

Lucy Kim

Witness: Stories; cover design by Na Kim (FSG, August 1)

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Design by Na Kim

I knew this would be one of my favorites of the year as soon as I saw it. So smart, the kind of simple that is anything but. Really elegant.

Jamie Stafford-Hill

Even when you figure out the footprints are thumbprints, your brain still refuses to see it that way. So simple and so brilliant!

Jamie Keenan

This is just beautiful, simple and clean. A lovely idea beautifully executed. The finished book feels nice too.

Jon Gray

The Fraud (Penguin Press, September 5)
Design by Jon Gray

This gradient + type combo kills me. So good.

Lauren Peters-Collaer

Allison Saltzman

Jon Gray does it again.

Emily Mahon

Couplets (FSG, February 7)
Design by June Park

I love how mirrored bold type treatment becomes the cover image. Pink and red!

Jaya Miceli

What more can I say? I love clever typographic solutions. I love how the type forms a beautiful abstract shape. I love the red-pink palette. I love the display font.

Linda Huang

So simple and so so charming.

Anna Kochman

The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild (New Directions, December 5)
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Mathias nard, tr. Frank Wynne, The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild (New Directions, December 5)
Design by John Gall

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Design by John Gall

I need to blow this up and hang it on my wall.

Janet Hansen

A collage with a depth and perceived dimensionality not always seen with this art creation technique.

Nicole Caputo

The delicate type juxtaposed with the boldness of the collage, the balance of it all just works for me.

Yang Kim

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Alexandra Chang,Tomb Sweeping; cover design by Vivian Lopez Rowe (Ecco, August 8)

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Design by Vivian Lopez Rowe

Great use of color, love a grid design especially one with such intriguing and charming illustrations.

Kelly Winton

This color palette is gorgeous. A lot is going on in this design and yet the whole thing is still soft and moody.

Zoe Norvell

Allison Saltzman

Thin Skin (Pantheon, August 15)
Design by Tom Etherington

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Design by Tom Etherington

A truly gorgeous cover. These soft, ethereal rainbow waves elegantly wrap around to the back of the jacket, organically integrating all of the type in a sophisticated way.

Sarah Schulte

There is a calming feel to this cover. The type is thoughtfully placed, while the undulating shapes move your eyes around the entire space.

Kimberly Glyder

I love this by Tom Etherington, so calming and beautiful! It’s a work of art.

Anna Morrison

Empty Theatre (MCD, February 21)
Design by June Park

A personal favorite for not only the content of the novel but the brilliant solution of how to place such a long subtitle. I love the bright colors and little stars throughout.

Jaya Nicely

So funky and vibrant, you just want to keep looking at it and get lost in the ribbons.

Cassie Gonzales

The spiraling type is SO FUN! The cadence of the ribbon bunching adds dimension and movement; reading the copy was a mini adventure! The sharp drop shadow is an added plus. June is an absolute pro!

Cecilia Zhang

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Jean Beagin,Big Swiss (Faber & Faber, February 9)
Design by Kishan Rajani

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Design by Kishan RajaniThis cover brings me pure joy. Perfection!

Janet Hansen

This cover really packs a punch. The crop of the dog’s noses works so welland that tongue!

Holly Ovenden

Big Swiss; cover design by Jaya Miceli, art by Anna Weyant (Scribner, February 7)

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Design by Jaya Miceli, art by Anna Weyant

Bold image that is victorious in striking so much mystery between title and the ambiguous expression and composition…and gravity!

Nicole Caputo

Bold, sexyI love it.

Yeon Kim

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Anne Enright, The Wren, The Wren (Jonathan Cape, August 31)
Design by Suzanne Dean and illustration by Anna Morrison

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Design by Suzanne Dean and illustration by Anna MorrisonThis striking cover feels both vintage and contemporary. I love the subtle pink type against the orange. That gaze draws me in completely.

Sarah Schulte

Beautiful colours and such a striking and thoughtful illustration.

Holly Ovenden

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Gabriela Wiener, Undiscovered (HarperVia, September 26)
Design by Kelly Winton

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Design by Kelly Winton

This bright, citrusy palette is so pleasing to look at. That soft green is sublime. The hole punches through the objects add a satisfying layer of mystery.

Sarah Schulte

The shapes around the artifact remind me of rock climbing holds and I love how that implies a solitary and intense struggle with heritage, identity or history. I also like the nostalgic and fading quality of watercolor.

Vivian Lopez Rowe

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King Young-sook, trans. Janet Hong, At Night He Lifts Weights (Transit Books, November 14)
Design by Justin Carder

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Design by Justin Carder

I love the energy of this cover. The whimsical type treatment paired with the bubbly illustration, shattered into pieces like a broken plate, is intriguing.

Sarah Schulte

A clever way to depict a character on the cover, without really showing them. The illustration is gorgeous as is the movement of the type.

Alicia Tatone

Lucky Dogs (Knopf, June 6)
Design by Janet Hansen

Such an evocative photograph and great use of negative space. This cover reminds me of Sofia Coppola (high praise in my book!).

Kelly Winton

I love how there are so many parts of this cover that are uncomfortablethe empty space, the slightly misshapen square, the fidgeting hands and the handwritten text shoved right up against the title.

Jamie Keenan

The Lottery and Other Stories (Picador, June 6)
Design by Alex Merto; illustration by Tim Lahan

I love that the text almost isnt present (graceful as it is)the illustration maxes out the visual space and the touch of blood signals the story before you even read the title. Keen and gorgeous.

Alban Fischer

A redesign of a classic that feels both timeless and yet entirely new. Tim Lahans illustration is the perfect nod to the titular story.

Alicia Tatone

rouge mona awad Mona Awad, Rouge (S&S/Marysue Rucci, September 12)
Design by Oliver Munday

Love the intriguing dream-like head of the rose / jellyfish combination.

Holly Ovenden

The novel itself descends into a frightening yet irresistible world, so fusing a jellyfish with a rose is a stroke of genius. Both are beautiful, yet both can inflict painone with its tendrils, the other with its thorns. The lush type treatment furthers the seduction.

Devin Grosz

Cold Nights of Childhood (Transit Books, May 2)
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Design by Sarah Schulte

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Design by Sarah Schulte

So original and elegant. I love the flowing placement of the type and how it works with the illustration.

Anna Morrison

Such a sweet, whimsical illustration with a surprise pop of color in the vessel. Love the unusual composition.

Linda Huang

Do You Remember Being Born?; cover design by Rodrigo Corral, 3D illustration by Danny Jones (Astra House, September 5)

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Design by Rodrigo Corral, 3D illustration by Danny Jones

Ive always been drawn to covers that pose a question to the reader, and this one is quite literally full of them. The insistent repetition of the title question, the unnatural pastel flowers rising to obscure the words from viewgorgeous and unnerving.

Devin Grosz

A brilliant and beautiful image that seems indeed to be a perfect marriage of poetry, art and tech and that draws the viewer in enough to inspire a win for design and for the team and author who approved this, as the title is parsed slightly more slower than most covers out there today. Refreshing.

Nicole Caputo

Sublunar; cover design by Jamie Keenan (New Directions, August 1)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Harald Voetmann, tr. Johanne Sorgenfri Ottosen,Sublunar; cover design by Jamie Keenan (New Directions, August 1)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-225536″ alt=”Harald Voetmann, tr. Johanne Sorgenfri Ottosen,Sublunar; cover design by Jamie Keenan (New Directions, August 1)” width=”607″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 607w, 182w, 36w, 30w” sizes=”(max-width: 607px) 100vw, 607px”/> Harald Voetmann, tr. Johanne Sorgenfri Ottosen,Sublunar (New Directions, August 1)
Design by Jamie Keenan

Looks good, smells even better.

Erik Carter

The title streaming down from the nostrils is a nice (yet slightly gross) touchthis cover is wacky in the best way.

Stephanie Ross

Birnam Wood; cover design by Jon Gray (FSG, March 7)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-212749″ alt=”Eleanor Catton, Birnam Wood” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 1024w, 1366w, 33w, 1707w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Eleanor Catton,Birnam Wood (FSG, March 7)
Design by Jon Gray

Amazing movement and depth . . . the hand-drawn, edgy quality screams thriller.

Kimberly Glyder

This cover has a great sense of movement. Its easy to imagine the type, trees, and drone on the cusp of being swept away in the wind.

Stephanie Ross

The Centre (Gillian Flynn Books, July 11)
Design and illustration by Jonathan Bush

The attention to detail in this illustration is astonishing. The entire cover is dangerous and lush.

Laywan Kwan

I love a twisted still life! The venus fly traps, the skull, the spilled coffeeevery sinister detail is spot on.

Alison Forner

Everything I Need I Get From You (MCD x FSG Originals, June 14)
Design by Thomas Colligan

Its just perfect. I dont know what else to say. Its perfect! Makes me want to be a fifteen-year-old girl again.

Alicia Tatone

10/10 perfect execution.

June Park

Kairos (New Directions, June 6)
Design by John Gall

This one forces you keep trying to work out what exactly is going on and noticing another new bit.

Jamie Keenan

Beautiful, ominous.

Mark Abrams

Time Without Keys; design by Tyler Comrie (New Directions, September 4)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-227348″ alt=”” width=”673″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 673w, 202w, 40w, 34w” sizes=”(max-width: 673px) 100vw, 673px”/> Ida Vitale, tr. Sarah Pollack, Time Without Keys (New Directions, September 4)
Design by Tyler Comrie

So tender and edgy. If Tyler did this in Photoshop, its just brilliantly executed.

Linda Huang

Sings.

Mark Abrams

My Search for Warren Harding (New Directions, June 6)
Design by Oliver Munday

Food for thought!

Erik Carter

So Monty Python. The way you see just under a half of Hardings rueful eye peering out at the reader, .

Mark Abrams

A Wild Sheep Chase (Vintage Classics [UK], March 8) Design by Suzanne Dean; illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase (Vintage Classics [UK], March 8) Design by Suzanne Dean; illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230730″ alt=”Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase (Vintage Classics [UK], March 8) Design by Suzanne Dean; illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi” width=”630″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 630w, 185w, 768w, 37w, 945w, 1260w, 31w, 1575w” sizes=”(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px”/> Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase (Vintage Classics [UK], March 8)
Design by Suzanne Dean; illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi
Anna Morrison

This design of this series is a celebration of Japanese illustration, reflecting the narrative in a colourful and playful way, and the obi wrap-around is inspired. Any Murakami fan would be ecstatic to receive this series.

Kishan Rajani

Lou Reed: The King of New York (FSG, October 3)
Design by No Ideas

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-222535″ alt=”Will Hermes, Lou Reed: The King of New York” width=”667″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 667w, 200w, 40w, 33w” sizes=”(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px”/> Will Hermes, Lou Reed: The King of New York (FSG, October 3)
Design by No Ideas

My favorite part of this half-jacket, pre-printed case combo is how “Lou Reed” peaks out from behind the jacket, like a crown on top of Lou Reed’s head.

Stephen Brayda

The case for simplicity.

Tyler Comrie

Claudia Dey, Daughter (FSG, September 12) Claudia Dey, Daughter (FSG, September 12)
Design by June Park

Having this much black and then this loud pop of color is such a bold choice. It feels so much like a movie poster.

Vivian Lopez Rowe

The simplicity, contrast, and overall vintage quality of type and design really resonates. It’s one of those simple and effective covers, where you say…why didn’t I think of that??? But I didn’t….June Park did, and it’s stunning!

Pete Garceau

Linda Huang

Not easy to make a typographic series design feel as fresh and as striking as this. Theres retro nod which I love.

Luke Bird

Wednesday’s Child; cover design by Na Kim (FSG, September 5)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-222509″ alt=”Yiyun Li,Wednesday’s Child” width=”668″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 668w, 196w, 768w, 39w, 1001w, 1335w, 33w, 1650w” sizes=”(max-width: 668px) 100vw, 668px”/> Yiyun Li,Wednesday’s Child (FSG, September 5)
Design by Na Kim

I love Na’s covers for Yiyun Lee. Everything feels so considered.

Grace Han

I love the bold interruption of the pregnant pear shape into that charming dog painting.

Lucy Kim

The End of August; cover art by Seahyun Lee, cover design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Riverhead, August 1)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Yu Miri, tr. Morgan Giles, The End of August; cover art by Seahyun Lee, cover design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Riverhead, August 1)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-225537″ alt=”Yu Miri, tr. Morgan Giles, The End of August; cover art by Seahyun Lee, cover design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Riverhead, August 1)” width=”658″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 658w, 197w, 39w, 33w” sizes=”(max-width: 658px) 100vw, 658px”/> Yu Miri, tr. Morgan Giles, The End of August (Riverhead, August 1)
Design by Lauren Peters-Collaer; art by Seahyun Lee

I love these colors together. It’s such a contemporary choice and the contrast to the traditional imagery in the painting adds so much depth.

Vivian Lopez Rowe

I love that red and pink combo. The combination of traditionalism and modernity is really striking.

Emily Mahon

Disruptions; cover illustration by Dylan C. Lathrop, cover design by Janet Hansen (Knopf, August 1)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-222504″ alt=”Steven Millhauser,Disruptions: Stories” width=”697″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 697w, 204w, 768w, 41w, 1046w, 1394w, 34w, 1743w” sizes=”(max-width: 697px) 100vw, 697px”/> Steven Millhauser,Disruptions (Knopf, August 1)
Design by Janet Hansen; illustration by Dylan C. Lathrop

What’s not to love about this cover? It’s engaging, striking, and uses eyes in a way that’s never been done before (which is no small feat when it comes to book covers).

Pete Garceau

I mean who couldn’t love all those teeny tiny eyes? She found the perfect piece of art for this!

Lucy Kim

The Orange (Faber & Faber [UK], November 9
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Wendy Cope, The Orange (Faber & Faber [UK], November 9
Design by Pete Adlington

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230829″ alt=”Wendy Cope, The Orange (Faber & Faber [UK], November 9
Design by Pete Adlington.” width=”650″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 650w, 190w, 768w, 38w, 32w, 952w” sizes=”(max-width: 650px) 100vw, 650px”/> Wendy Cope, The Orange (Faber & Faber [UK], November 9
Design by Pete Adlington“At lunchtime I bought a huge orange, the size of it made us all laugh”. The naivety and simplicity of this cover speaks so aptly to the beautiful prose of Wendy’s poem, I love it, I’m glad it exists.

Kishan Rajani

Somehow a perfect blend of nostalgia, wit and design balance. The clashing palette works so well.

Luke Bird

A Flat Place (Hamish Hamilton [UK], April 27)
Design by Josie Stanley Taylor” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Noreen Masud, A Flat Place (Hamish Hamilton [UK], April 27)
Design by Josie Stanley Taylor

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”wp-image-230961 size-large” alt=”Noreen Masud, A Flat Place (Hamish Hamilton [UK], April 27)
Design by Josie Stanley Taylor” width=”640″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 640w, 187w, 768w, 37w, 31w, 937w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px”/> Noreen Masud, A Flat Place (Hamish Hamilton [UK], April 27)
Design by Josie Stanley Taylor
Again its the clever use of space and colour that make this cover so appealing. An unusual colour palette.

Jon Gray

The Daughter Ship (Pantheon, June 27)
Design by Jenny Carrow” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Boo Trundle, The Daughter Ship (Pantheon, June 27)
Design by Jenny Carrow

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”wp-image-230957 size-large” alt=”Boo Trundle, The Daughter Ship (Pantheon, June 27)
Design by Jenny Carrow ” width=”693″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 693w, 203w, 768w, 41w, 34w, 1015w” sizes=”(max-width: 693px) 100vw, 693px”/> Boo Trundle, The Daughter Ship (Pantheon, June 27)
Design by Jenny Carrow

The illustration and type feel spontaneous and fresh. I’m intrigued by these figures in a hot tub/boat. What are they scoping out?

Emily Mahon

Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare (Bloomsbury, August 29)
Design by Jaya Miceli” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Megan Kamalei, Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare (Bloomsbury, August 29)
Design by Jaya Miceli

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230933″ alt=”Megan Kamalei, Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare (Bloomsbury, August 29)
Design by Jaya Miceli” width=”678″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 678w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px”/> Megan Kamalei, Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare (Bloomsbury, August 29)
Design by Jaya Miceli

Lush and beautiful. It feels intriguing, raw and emotional. It really draws you in.

Yang Kim

They Called Us Exceptional (Crown, August 22)
Design by Arsh Raziuddin” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Pratchi Gupta, They Called Us Exceptional (Crown, August 22)
Design by Arsh Raziuddin

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230825″ alt=”Pratchi Gupta, They Called Us Exceptional (Crown, August 22)
Design by Arsh Raziuddin ” width=”674″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 674w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 987w” sizes=”(max-width: 674px) 100vw, 674px”/> Pratchi Gupta, They Called Us Exceptional (Crown, August 22)
Design by Arsh Raziuddin

This cover speaks to this subject matter so succinctly and emotivelyfrom the perfect placement of the bindi and the sharpness of the Kajal, it speaks to the idea of the ideal Indian woman and wider expectations of the model minority. It’s brilliant.

Kishan Rajani

Comedy Book (FSG, November 7)
Design by Thomas Colligan

A charming collection of fonts and shapes.

Tyler Comrie

Tropiclia (Atria, July 18)
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Harold Rogers, Tropiclia (Atria, July 18)
Design by Laywan Kwan

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-231030″ alt=”Harold Rogers, Tropiclia (Atria, July 18)
Design by Laywan Kwan ” width=”678″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 678w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 993w” sizes=”(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px”/> Harold Rogers, Tropiclia (Atria, July 18)
Design by Laywan Kwan

The artwork is gorgeous and the color and type work so beautifully together.

Lucy Kim

Same Bed Different Dreams; cover design by Will Staehle (Random House, November 7)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-215526″ alt=”ed park same bed different dreams” width=”678″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 678w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 1017w, 1356w, 33w, 1695w” sizes=”(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px”/> Ed Park, Same Bed Different Dreams (Random House, November 7)
Design by Will Staehle

Allison Saltzman

The Peacock and the Sparrow (Atria, May 30) Design by Claire Sullivan” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

I.S. Barry, The Peacock and the Sparrow (Atria, May 30) Design by Claire Sullivan

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230820″ alt=”I.S. Barry, The Peacock and the Sparrow (Atria, May 30) Design by Claire Sullivan” width=”679″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 679w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 994w” sizes=”(max-width: 679px) 100vw, 679px”/> I.S. Barry, The Peacock and the Sparrow (Atria, May 30)
Design by Claire Sullivan

Love me a good spy cover! Type, color, perspective, and figure placement are all spot on.

James Iacobelli

Iliana Regan, Fieldwork: A Foragers Memoir; cover design by Morgan Krehbiel (Agate, January 24)

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Iliana Regan, Fieldwork: A Foragers Memoir; cover design by Morgan Krehbiel (Agate, January 24)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-214187″ alt=”Iliana Regan, Fieldwork: A Foragers Memoir; cover design by Morgan Krehbiel (Agate, January 24)” width=”662″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 662w, 194w, 768w, 39w, 994w, 1325w, 32w, 1400w” sizes=”(max-width: 662px) 100vw, 662px”/> Iliana Regan, Fieldwork: A Foragers Memoir (Agate, January 24)
Design by Morgan Krehbiel

I just completely lose myself in the gills of this mushroom.

Mark Abrams

Lost Believers (Scribner, August 1)
Design by Emily Mahon” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Irina Zhorov, Lost Believers (Scribner, August 1)
Design by Emily Mahon

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230786″ alt=”Irina Zhorov, Lost Believers (Scribner, August 1)
Design by Emily Mahon” width=”667″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 667w, 195w, 768w, 39w, 1000w, 1334w, 33w, 1400w” sizes=”(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px”/> Irina Zhorov, Lost Believers (Scribner, August 1)
Design by Emily Mahon

I love the dimensional collaged overlay with the hand lettered type. Beautifully executed.

Jaya Miceli

Francisco (New Directions, March 7)
Design by Joan Wong” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Alison Mills Newman, Francisco (New Directions, March 7)
Design by Joan Wong

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230890″ alt=”Alison Mills Newman, Francisco (New Directions, March 7)
Design by Joan Wong” width=”664″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 664w, 195w, 768w, 39w, 32w, 778w” sizes=”(max-width: 664px) 100vw, 664px”/> Alison Mills Newman, Francisco (New Directions, March 7)
Design by Joan Wong

Anna Kochman

Eyeliner: A Cultural History; cover design by Lynn Buckley (Penguin Books, November 14)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Zahra Hankir,Eyeliner: A Cultural History; cover design by Lynn Buckley (Penguin Books, November 14)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230775″ alt=”Zahra Hankir,Eyeliner: A Cultural History; cover design by Lynn Buckley (Penguin Books, November 14)” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 1024w, 1365w, 33w, 1650w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Zahra Hankir,Eyeliner: A Cultural History (Penguin Books, November 14)
Design by Lynn Buckley

This could have easily fallen into a predictable trap, but Lynn took a completely unexpected approach and turned it into a work of art.

Alison Forner

Nicole Caputo

Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear; designed by Keith Hayes, illustration by Rokas Aleliunas (Flatiron, February 21)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-215095″ alt=”” width=”674″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 674w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 674px) 100vw, 674px”/> Erica Berry, Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear (Flatiron, February 21)
Design by Keith Hayes; illustration by Rokas Aleliunas

I love how bold, evocative, and graphic this cover isa real standout in the nonfiction world.

Beth Steidle

The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Viking, May 18)
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Melissa Bank, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Viking, May 18)
Design by Annie Atkins

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230768″ alt=”Melissa Bank, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Viking, May 18)
Design by Annie Atkins ” width=”628″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 628w, 184w, 768w, 37w, 31w, 920w” sizes=”(max-width: 628px) 100vw, 628px”/> Melissa Bank, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Viking [UK], May 18)
Design by Annie AtkinsI was super excited to see that Annie Atkins had been commissioned by Saffron Stocker to bring her talents to book covers. Because if you know her work, you know that each of these patches were painstakingly designed and made in real life. Annies design process and philosophies are an inspiration in a time of quick Photoshop and AI generative art.

Lauren Harms

The Joy of Consent (Belknap Press, October 3)
Design by Jaya Miceli

Who knew a gradient could be so sexy?! Love how the type just barely touches the shape.

Jenny Carrow

Ponyboy (Footnote Press [UK], June 8)
Design by Luke Bird

Its possible I am especially vulnerable to the Melty Look.

Mark Abrams

The Skin and Its Girl (Ballantine, April 25)
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Sarah Cypher, The Skin and Its Girl (Ballantine, April 25)
Design and illustration by Holly Ovenden

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Design and illustration by Holly Ovenden ” width=”678″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 678w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 993w” sizes=”(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px”/> Sarah Cypher, The Skin and Its Girl (Ballantine, April 25)
Design and illustration by Holly Ovenden

The attitude of this designthe figure itself, yes, but also the scale and interaction with the gorgeous typographyis simply everything.

Morgan Krehbiel

Julia (Mariner Books, October 24)
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Sandra Newman, Julia (Mariner Books, October 24)
Design by Luke Bird

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Design by Luke Bird ” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Sandra Newman, Julia (Mariner Books, October 24)
Design by Luke Bird

I love a typographic cover and this one works so well. The way 1984 is almost peering over the title, as a looming presence is so impactful.

Kishan Rajani

This is Not Miami; cover design by Jamie Keenan (New Directions, April 4)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”wp-image-218907 size-large” alt=”Fernanda Melchor, tr. Sophie Hughes, This is Not Miami; cover design by Jamie Keenan (New Directions, April 4)” width=”688″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 688w, 202w, 768w, 40w, 1032w, 1376w, 34w, 1613w” sizes=”(max-width: 688px) 100vw, 688px”/> Fernanda Melchor, tr. Sophie Hughes, This is Not Miami (New Directions, April 4)
Design by Jamie Keenan

Jamie is always good at finding new ways of saying things. This captures streets at night and I love the use of colour.

Jon Gray

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (Bloomsbury, May 30)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Rita Chang-Eppig,Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (Bloomsbury, May 30)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-221037″ alt=”Rita Chang-Eppig,Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (Bloomsbury, May 30)” width=”658″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 658w, 197w, 39w, 33w” sizes=”(max-width: 658px) 100vw, 658px”/> Rita Chang-Eppig,Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (Bloomsbury, May 30)
Design by Mia Kwon and Patti Ratchford; illustration by Yuko Shimizu

The illustration is incredible! I love it when there are different levels of information in a design. This works on both a detailed micro level with the waves and the ship, and a macro level with the face.

Laywan Kwan

Spoken Word (Knopf, March 28)
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Joshua Bennett, Spoken Word (Knopf, March 28)

Design by Tom Etherington

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Design by Tom Etherington” width=”685″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 685w, 201w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 1004w” sizes=”(max-width: 685px) 100vw, 685px”/> Joshua Bennett, Spoken Word (Knopf, March 28)
Design by Tom Etherington

Great texture and craft.

Tyler Comrie

Natural Beauty (Dutton, April 4)
Design by Kristin Del Rosario” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Ling Ling Huang, Natural Beauty (Dutton, April 4)
Design by Kristin Del Rosario

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230705″ alt=”Ling Ling Huang, Natural Beauty (Dutton, April 4)
Design by Kristin Del Rosario ” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Ling Ling Huang, Natural Beauty (Dutton, April 4)
Design by Kristin Del Rosario

I think I remember my mouth uncontrollably popping open the first time I saw this oneit’s just so unique. And those pokes!

Zoe Norvell

Holly (Scribner, September 5)
Design by Will Staehle” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Stephen King, Holly (Scribner, September 5)
Design by Will Staehle

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Design by Will Staehle” width=”670″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 670w, 196w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 982w” sizes=”(max-width: 670px) 100vw, 670px”/> Stephen King, Holly (Scribner, September 5)
Design by Will Staehle

Understated creepiness, with glow in the dark spot gloss. What’s not to love!

James Iacobelli

Mister Mister (Pantheon, October 3)
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Guy Gunaratne, Mister Mister (Pantheon, October 3)
Design by Jack Smyth

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230787″ alt=”Guy Gunaratne, Mister Mister (Pantheon, October 3)
Design by Jack Smyth” width=”666″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 666w, 195w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 975w” sizes=”(max-width: 666px) 100vw, 666px”/> Guy Gunaratne, Mister Mister (Pantheon, October 3)
Design by Jack Smyth

I love the energy and punk rock feel of the type and illustration.

Jaya Miceli

Central Places (Ballantine, January 31)
Design by Cassie Gonzales

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-212698″ alt=”Delia Cai, Central Places” width=”679″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 679w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 994w” sizes=”(max-width: 679px) 100vw, 679px”/> Delia Cai, Central Places (Ballantine, January 31)
Design by Cassie Gonzales

So much warmth and spirit.

Anna Kochman

The MANIAC (Penguin Press, October 3)
Design by Bennett Miller / DALL-E 2

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-216933″ alt=”benjamin labatut the maniac” width=”678″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 678w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 1017w, 1356w, 33w, 1696w” sizes=”(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px”/> Benjamn Labatut, The MANIAC (Penguin Press, October 3)
Design by Bennett Miller / DALL-E 2

Haunting. Of note, from the back flap: “the image on this jacket was created by Bennett Miller, using OpenAl’s DALL-E 2 software. He arrived at the final product by making extensive edits on variations of an image generated using the following prompt: ‘a vintage photograph of huge plumes of smoke coming from an enormous UFO crashed in the desert.’”

Mark Abrams

I Have Some Questions For You (Viking, February 21)
Design by Elizabeth Yaffe

Creative way to turn type into imagery.

Yeon Kim

A History of Burning (Grand Central Publishing, May 2)
Design by Albert Tang; illustration by Simone Noronha

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Design by Albert Tang; illustration by Simone Noronha

There is something wonderfully magnetic and lush in this illustration. It feels both classic and contemporary. And I love the unconventional framing typography. Looks fantastic in person and on screen.

Lauren Harms

Silver Nitrate (Del Rey, July 18)
Design by Regina Flath

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-220401″ alt=”Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Silver Nitrate” width=”674″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 674w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 1010w, 1347w, 33w, 1684w” sizes=”(max-width: 674px) 100vw, 674px”/> Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Silver Nitrate (Del Rey, July 18)
Design by Regina Flath

Super commercial and super good! I love the details like the sloping title and the screen on the image.

Jamie Keenan

Night Watch (Knopf, September 19)
Designed by Kelly Blair

I love the pairing of this historical illustration with modern hand lettering.

Laywan Kwan

Mark Abrams

Classic Ghost Stories (Vintage Classics, March 1)
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Classic Ghost Stories (Vintage Classics, March 1)
Design by Andrew Davis

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Design by Andrew Davis” width=”667″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 667w, 195w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 977w” sizes=”(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px”/>Classic Ghost Stories (Vintage Classics, March 1)
Design by Andrew Davis

The level of detail that Andrew puts into his covers, blows me away. The way the beautifully illustrated crow fills the cover and the red ribbon that flows through it all, is just perfect.

Pete Garceau

The Vegan; cover design by Cecilia R. Zhang (FSG, July 11)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-222964″ alt=”” width=”667″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 667w, 196w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px”/> Andrew Lipstein,The Vegan (FSG, July 11)
Design by Cecilia R. Zhang

I love the humor of the illustration contrasting the title and the simplicity of the composition. It looks vintage yet contemporary, and the neon green is so fun.

Jaya Nicely

Fire Rush (Viking, April 18)
Design by Jodi Hunt

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230831″ alt=”” width=”638″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 638w, 187w, 768w, 37w, 31w, 935w” sizes=”(max-width: 638px) 100vw, 638px”/> Jacqueline Crooks,Fire Rush (Jonathan Cape [UK], March 2)
Design by Jodi Hunt
This cover is energetic and eye-catching. The integration of 80s inspired typography and image has been executed beautifully and I can’t help but to be drawn to this cover.

Kishan Rajani

Walking Practice (HarperVia, March 14)
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Dolki Min, tr. Victoria Caudle, Walking Practice (HarperVia, March 14)
Cover art by Dolki Min

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230771″ alt=”Dolki Min, tr. Victoria Caudle, Walking Practice (HarperVia, March 14)
Cover art by Dolki Min ” width=”678″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 678w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 993w” sizes=”(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px”/> Dolki Min, tr. Victoria Caudle, Walking Practice (HarperVia, March 14)
Cover art by Dolki Min

Theres so many layers to this cover. I love that the art and text come together, making this a unique cover. No idea whats going on, but Im intrigued.

Yeon Kim

Hestia Strikes a Match (FSG, April 18)
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Christine Grillo, Hestia Strikes a Match (FSG, April 18)
Design by Na Kim

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230720″ alt=”Christine Grillo, Hestia Strikes a Match (FSG, April 18)
Design by Na Kim ” width=”668″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 668w, 196w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 978w” sizes=”(max-width: 668px) 100vw, 668px”/> Christine Grillo, Hestia Strikes a Match (FSG, April 18)
Design by Na Kim

Ive been obsessed with this cover since the moment I saw it.

Cassie Gonzales

Beth Steidle

A Dictator Calls (Counterpoint, September 19)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Ismail Kadare, tr. John Hodgson, A Dictator Calls (Counterpoint, September 19)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230834″ alt=”Ismail Kadare, tr. John Hodgson, A Dictator Calls (Counterpoint, September 19) ” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Ismail Kadare, tr. John Hodgson, A Dictator Calls (Counterpoint, September 19)
Design by Farjana Yasmin

Allison Saltzman

Women Are The Fiercest Creatures (Libby Books, March 7)
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Andrea Dunlop, Women Are The Fiercest Creatures (Libby Books, March 7)
Design by Olga Grlic

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230822″ alt=”Andrea Dunlop, Women Are The Fiercest Creatures (Libby Books, March 7)
Design by Olga Grlic” width=”679″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 679w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 994w” sizes=”(max-width: 679px) 100vw, 679px”/> Andrea Dunlop, Women Are The Fiercest Creatures (Zibby Books, March 7)
Design by Olga Grlic

Amazing combination of title and art.

James Iacobelli

Excavations; cover design by TK TK (One World, July 11)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Hannah Michell, Excavations; cover design by TK TK (One World, July 11)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-223874″ alt=”Hannah Michell, Excavations; cover design by TK TK (One World, July 11)” width=”667″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 667w, 200w, 40w, 33w” sizes=”(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px”/> Hannah Michell, Excavations (One World, July 11)
Design by Arsh Raziuddin

When I look at this my eyes just yoyo backwards and forwards between the title and young kids and Its a great use of empty space.

Jamie Keenan

What Napoleon Could Not Do (Riverhead, February 7) Design by Lauren Peters-Collaer; art by Amoako Boafo

Lauren’s hand lettering pairs so beautifully with Amoako Boafo’s art.

Grace Han

Open Throat (MCD, June 6)
Design by Rodrigo Corral

Captivating Rorschach-esque art with hidden elements begs to be picked up.

Yeon Kim

The Loneliness Files; cover design by Beth Steidle (Tin House, October 3)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-228055″ alt=”Athena Dixon’s book of essays, The Loneliness Files” width=”663″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 663w, 194w, 768w, 39w, 994w, 1325w, 32w, 1650w” sizes=”(max-width: 663px) 100vw, 663px”/> Athena Dixon,The Loneliness Files (Tin House, October 3)
Design by Beth Steidle

This cover perfectly captures the paradox of urban loneliness. Also, the attention to craft on this cover is remarkablethe imperfect rectangles and the slightly off-center circles all come together to give it that midcentury modern flavouran homage to a time when the Align-Window didnt exist.

Cecilia Zhang

After Sappho (Galley Beggar Press [UK], July 13)
Design by Holly Ovenden
Such a dexterous balance of movement, color, and type. The spilling hinted at is clever and sensuous. Ive been transfixed by this cover since I first saw it.

Alban Fischer

Bridge (Mullholland, August 8)
Design by Kirin Diemont

This edition takes a conventional sci-fi-thriller look and throws it out the window. Love those colors!

Zoe Norvell

Pure Colour, design by Na Kim (FSG, February 13)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-191369″ alt=”” width=”672″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 672w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 672px) 100vw, 672px”/> Sheila Heti, Pure Colour (FSG, February 13)
Design by Na Kim

What Na Kim did with this cover was take one of the most direct cover designs possible while still leaving room for ambiguity with a giant Ellsworth Kelly blob.

Erik Carter

Hell Bent (Flatiron, January 10)
Design by Keith Hayes; art by Sasha Vinogradova

Love how the artunsettling and beautiful at the same timegets to shine here. Seamless type integration, pearl finish, and sculpture emboss make this a really striking package.

Jamie Stafford-Hill

The Glutton (Granta Books [UK], September 21)
Design by Jo Walker” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

A.K. Blakemore, The Glutton (Granta Books [UK], September 21)
Design by Jo Walker

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230732″ alt=”A.K. Blakemore, The Glutton (Granta Books [UK], September 21)
Design by Jo Walker ” width=”662″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 662w, 194w, 768w, 39w, 32w, 969w” sizes=”(max-width: 662px) 100vw, 662px”/> A.K. Blakemore, The Glutton (Granta Books [UK], September 21)
Design by Jo WalkerLove Jo Walker’s design for The Glutton. It’s so fun.

Anna Morrison

The Rainbow (Vintage, November 7)
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Yasunari Kawabata, The Rainbow (Vintage, November 7)
Design by John Gall

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230889″ alt=”Yasunari Kawabata, The Rainbow (Vintage, November 7)
Design by John Gall” width=”659″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 659w, 193w, 768w, 39w, 32w, 966w” sizes=”(max-width: 659px) 100vw, 659px”/> Yasunari Kawabata, The Rainbow (Vintage, November 7)
Design by John Gall

Trippy. What was this guy smokin’ when he made this?

Tyler Comrie

The Kingdom of Surfaces (Graywolf Press, August 1)
Design by Kapo Ng; art by Ah Xian

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-224496″ alt=”” width=”797″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 797w, 233w, 768w, 47w, 39w, 820w” sizes=”(max-width: 797px) 100vw, 797px”/> Sally Wen Mao, The Kingdom of Surfaces (Graywolf Press, August 1)
Design by Kapo Ng; art by Ah Xian

I first saw this cover on display in my local bookstore, and literally stopped mid-conversation to run across the room for a closer look. Something about the restraint in the design is just so exciting.

Morgan Krehbiel

Bad Cree (Doubleday, January 10)
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Jessica Johns, Bad Cree (Doubleday, January 10)
Design by Emily Mahon

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230769″ alt=”Jessica Johns, Bad Cree (Doubleday, January 10)
Design by Emily Mahon ” width=”664″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 664w, 194w, 768w, 39w, 32w, 972w” sizes=”(max-width: 664px) 100vw, 664px”/> Jessica Johns, Bad Cree (Doubleday, January 10)
Design by Emily Mahon

What a pairing of type and image! The typography is really fantastic and lends sophistication. Love the simplicity.

Lauren Harms

The Guest Lecture; cover design by Kelly Winton (Black Cat, January 24)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-212696″ alt=”Martin Riker, The Guest Lecture” width=”690″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 690w, 202w, 768w, 40w, 1035w, 1379w, 34w, 1671w” sizes=”(max-width: 690px) 100vw, 690px”/> Martin Riker,The Guest Lecture (Black Cat, January 24)
Design by Kelly Winton

The layered views offer a glimpse into a confused world, while the serene color palette and structured type balance out the chaos.

Kimberly Glyder

Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again; cover design by TK TK (Tiny Reparations Press, October 17)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Reggie Watts,Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again; cover design by TK TK (Tiny Reparations Press, October 17)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-228839″ alt=”Reggie Watts,Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again; cover design by TK TK (Tiny Reparations Press, October 17)” width=”679″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 679w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 994w” sizes=”(max-width: 679px) 100vw, 679px”/> Reggie Watts,Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again (Tiny Reparations Press, October 17)
Design by Ben Denzer

This cover is bonkers and brilliant!

Jenny Carrow

Come Closer (Soho Press, September 26)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Sara Gran, Come Closer (Soho Press, September 26)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230823″ alt=”Sara Gran, Come Closer (Soho Press, September 26) ” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Sara Gran, Come Closer (Soho Press, September 26)
Design by Caroline Johnson

LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this cover!!

James Iacobelli

This is Salvaged; cover design by TK TK (W.W. Norton, September 26)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-222531″ alt=”Vauhini Vara,This is Salvaged: Stories” width=”664″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 664w, 199w, 40w, 33w” sizes=”(max-width: 664px) 100vw, 664px”/> Vauhini Vara,This is Salvaged (W.W. Norton, September 26)
Design by Keith Hayes

A clean and heartbreaking design. I like how the windswept flower appears to force the type further and further apart.

Beth Steidle

The Bee Sting (FSG, August 15)
Design by Na Kim

Perfect, as always.

Lauren Peters-Collaer

Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind; cover design by Alicia Tatone (Astra House, October 17)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Molly McGhee,Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind; cover design by Alicia Tatone (Astra House, October 17)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-228837″ alt=”Molly McGhee,Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind; cover design by Alicia Tatone (Astra House, October 17)” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Molly McGhee,Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind (Astra House, October 17)
Design by Alicia Tatone

I love how this one asks you to look closer.

Anna Kochman

Fever House (Random House, August 15)
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Keith Rosson, Fever House (Random House, August 15)
Design by Ella Laytham

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230721″ alt=”Keith Rosson, Fever House (Random House, August 15)
Design by Ella Laytham ” width=”674″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 674w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 1011w, 33w, 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 674px) 100vw, 674px”/> Keith Rosson, Fever House (Random House, August 15)
Design by Ella Laytham

A perfectly balanced cover that only gets better the closer you look at the textures and details.

Cassie Gonzales

Pig (Scribner, September 19)
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Sam Sax, Pig (Scribner, September 19)
Design by Matt Dorfman

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230733″ alt=”Sam Sax, Pig (Scribner, September 19)
Design by Matt Dorfman ” width=”673″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 673w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 1010w, 1347w, 33w, 1394w” sizes=”(max-width: 673px) 100vw, 673px”/> Sam Sax, Pig (Scribner, September 19)
Design by Matt Dorfman

The negative space, the colors, the Paul Rand-esque illustrationMatt can do no wrong.

Alicia Tatone

The Creative Act (Penguin Press, January 17)
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Rick Rubin, The Creative Act (Penguin Press, January 17)
Design by Rick Rubin + Pentagram)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230696″ alt=”Rick Rubin, The Creative Act (Penguin Press, January 17)
Design by Rick Rubin + Pentagram)” width=”697″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 697w, 204w, 768w, 41w, 34w, 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 697px) 100vw, 697px”/> Rick Rubin, The Creative Act (Penguin Press, January 17)
Design by Rick Rubin + Pentagram

Simple, daring, and brave enough to take risks (no quotes, sticker barcode) like Rubin himself.

Stephen Brayda

Hope (Viking, July 11)
Design by Tyler Comrie” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Andrew Ridker,Hope (Viking, July 11)
Design by Tyler Comrie

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230971″ alt=”Andrew Ridker,Hope (Viking, July 11)
Design by Tyler Comrie” width=”678″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 678w, 199w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 919w” sizes=”(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px”/> Andrew Ridker,Hope (Viking, July 11)
Design by Tyler Comrie

An excellent photograph that pairs perfectly with the title. Humorous and sentimental.

Kelly Winton

Counterweight (Pantheon, July 11)
Design by Tal Goretsky” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Djuna, tr. Anton Hur, Counterweight (Pantheon, July 11)
Design by Tal Goretsky

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230789″ alt=”Djuna, tr. Anton Hur, Counterweight (Pantheon, July 11)
Design by Tal Goretsky ” width=”683″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 683w, 200w, 768w, 40w, 33w, 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px”/> Djuna, tr. Anton Hur, Counterweight (Pantheon, July 11)
Design by Tal Goretsky

Love the colors and surreal quality of this cover. That eyeball!

Jaya Miceli

Roe: The History of a National Obsession (Yale University Press, January 24)
Design by Alex Camlin” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Mary Ziegler, Roe: The History of a National Obsession (Yale University Press, January 24)
Design by Alex Camlin

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-230777″ alt=”Mary Ziegler, Roe: The History of a National Obsession (Yale University Press, January 24)
Design by Alex Camlin” width=”647″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 647w, 194w, 39w, 32w” sizes=”(max-width: 647px) 100vw, 647px”/> Mary Ziegler, Roe: The History of a National Obsession (Yale University Press, January 24)
Design by Alex Camlin

It’s so incredibly hard to create something fresh and unexpected for books like these. I love how this captures the raw energy of one of the most important issues of our time. It feels urgent and unbridled.

Alison Forner

Indiom (Faber & Faber [UK], September 7)
Design by Kishan Rajani

Im always mesmerized by Rajanis use of color. Here, everything just snaps with such precision and verve. And the texture lends a real warmth.

Alban Fischer

The Steppenwolf (W.W. Norton, January 3)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230709″ alt=”” width=”664″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 664w, 194w, 768w, 39w, 32w, 906w” sizes=”(max-width: 664px) 100vw, 664px”/> Herman Hesse, tr. Kurt Beals, The Steppenwolf (W.W. Norton, January 3)
Design by Jaya Miceli

Something about the unsettled energy of the illustration and type just grabs me. Plus, its a wolf in a suit.

Jamie Stafford-Hill

Hangman (FSG, August 8)
Design by Alex Merto; art by Belkis Ayn

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-224702″ alt=”hangman” width=”667″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 667w, 196w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px”/> Maya Binyam, Hangman (FSG, August 8)
Design by Alex Merto; art by Belkis Ayn

AMAZING art by Belkis Ayn.

Anna Morrison

You, Bleeding Childhood (And Other Stories, August 8)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230919″ alt=”Michele Mari, tr. Brian Robert Moore, You, Bleeding Childhood (And Other Stories, August 8)” width=”667″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 667w, 195w, 768w, 39w, 1001w, 1334w, 33w, 1668w” sizes=”(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px”/> Michele Mari, tr. Brian Robert Moore, You, Bleeding Childhood (And Other Stories, August 8)
Design by Holly Ovenden

Such an imaginative take on a wunderkammer. I love how the illustrated elements are falling playfully against the structured type.

Grace Han

Bathhouse and Other Tanka(New Directions, November 7) Design by Oliver Munday” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Tatsuhiko Ishii, tr. Hiroaki Sato, Bathhouse and Other Tanka(New Directions, November 7)
Design by Oliver Munday

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-230521″ alt=”Tatsuhiko Ishii, tr. Hiroaki Sato, Bathhouse and Other Tanka(New Directions, November 7) Design by Oliver Munday” width=”627″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 627w, 188w, 38w, 31w” sizes=”(max-width: 627px) 100vw, 627px”/> Tatsuhiko Ishii, tr. Hiroaki Sato, Bathhouse and Other Tanka(New Directions, November 7)
Design by Oliver Munday

Love the contrast between the zoomed-in intimate photograph and small-scale digital type.

Janet Hansen

Our Share of Night (Hogarth Press, September 12)
Design by Donna Cheng

The yellow of the nails and typography pops off this jacket in person.

Zoe Norvell

Beijing Sprawl (Two Lines Press, June 13)
Design by Andrew Walters” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Zechen Xu, tr. Eric Abrahamsen and Jeremy Tiang, Beijing Sprawl (Two Lines Press, June 13)
Design by Andrew Walters

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230792″ alt=”Zechen Xu, tr. Eric Abrahamsen and Jeremy Tiang, Beijing Sprawl (Two Lines Press, June 13)
Design by Andrew Walters ” width=”649″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 649w, 190w, 768w, 38w, 32w, 950w” sizes=”(max-width: 649px) 100vw, 649px”/> Zechen Xu, tr. Eric Abrahamsen and Jeremy Tiang, Beijing Sprawl (Two Lines Press, June 13)
Design by Andrew Walters

I mean, yeah.

Mark Abrams

Tekebash & Saba (Interlink Books, April 4)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Saba Alemayoh, Tekebash & Saba (Interlink Books, April 4)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-230729″ alt=”Saba Alemayoh, Tekebash & Saba (Interlink Books, April 4) ” width=”804″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 804w, 241w, 768w, 48w, 40w” sizes=”(max-width: 804px) 100vw, 804px”/> Saba Alemayoh, Tekebash & Saba (Interlink Books, April 4)

The textures and patterns lend such a rich and warm sense of place to this cookbook. Cookbook industry, please take notes.

Morgan Krehbiel

Inheritance (St. Martin’s Press, November 21)
Design by Ervin Serrano” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Nora Roberts, Inheritance (St. Martin’s Press, November 21)
Design by Ervin Serrano

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230824″ alt=”Nora Roberts, Inheritance (St. Martin’s Press, November 21)
Design by Ervin Serrano ” width=”674″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 674w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 33w, 987w” sizes=”(max-width: 674px) 100vw, 674px”/> Nora Roberts, Inheritance (St. Martin’s Press, November 21)
Design by Ervin Serrano

Shouting out a category normally not on people’s radar. Love the mood and composition here, not to mention the swash on the N!

James Iacobelli

Wild Geese; cover design by Dana Li (Feminist Press, September 12)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Soula Emmanuel,Wild Geese; cover design by Dana Li (Feminist Press, September 12)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-full wp-image-227355″ alt=”Soula Emmanuel,Wild Geese; cover design by Dana Li (Feminist Press, September 12)” width=”625″ height=”1000″ srcset=” 625w, 188w, 38w, 31w” sizes=”(max-width: 625px) 100vw, 625px”/> Soula Emmanuel,Wild Geese (Feminist Press, September 12)
Design by Dana Li

The hole punches are such an efficient way of adding a sense of fleeting moments, memories and partially processed feelings to a cover that is essentially just a very simple typeface and an image.

Vivian Lopez Rowe

Cassie Gonzales

Rap Capital: an Atlanta Story (Simon & Schuster, October 10)” data-image-description=”” data-image-caption=”

Joe Coscarelli, Rap Capital: an Atlanta Story (Simon & Schuster, October 10)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”size-large wp-image-230778″ alt=”Joe Coscarelli, Rap Capital: an Atlanta Story (Simon & Schuster, October 10) ” width=”672″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 672w, 197w, 768w, 39w, 1009w, 1345w, 33w, 1400w” sizes=”(max-width: 672px) 100vw, 672px”/> Joe Coscarelli, Rap Capital: an Atlanta Story (Simon & Schuster, October 10)
Design by Chips

mic drop

June Park

Zero-Sum (Fourth Estate [UK], July 20)
Design by Julian Humphries
So simple and yet so arresting. It infuses the familiarness and distance of the image with a degree of uncanniness and allure. Im a little jealous, actually.

Alban Fischer

Emma Donoghue, Learned by Heart; cover design by tk tk (Little, Brown, August 29)

” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” class=”wp-image-220407 size-large” alt=”Emma Donoghue,Learned by Heart” width=”660″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 660w, 193w, 768w, 39w, 991w, 1321w, 32w, 1651w” sizes=”(max-width: 660px) 100vw, 660px”/> Emma Donoghue, Learned by Heart (Little, Brown, August 29)
Design by Lucy Kim

There is so much texture in this cover! The concentric circles bring my eye right to the center. I also find it refreshing to see a historical fiction cover that doesn’t rely on setting or fashion.

Laywan Kwan

The Guest (Random House, May 16)
Design by Oliver Munday

Feels both vintage and entirely modern. Always appreciate Oliver Mundays designs.

Kelly Winton

Chrysalis (Granta Books [UK], May 4)
Design by Jack Smyth

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Design by Jack Smyth ” width=”636″ height=”1024″ srcset=” 636w, 186w, 768w, 37w, 31w, 932w” sizes=”(max-width: 636px) 100vw, 636px”/> Anna Metcalfe, Chrysalis (Granta Books [UK], May 4)
Design by Jack Smyth
There is something so loose and appealing about the lines in the illustration.

Tom Etherington

Dr. No (Influx Press [UK], March 16)
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Percival Everett, Dr. No (Influx Press [UK], March 16)
Design by Jamie Keenan

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Design by Jamie Keenan
Its just so strange and fun and intriguing, definitely makes me want to know more about the book.

Jamie Stafford-Hill

How to Say Babylon (37 Ink, October 3)
Design by Rex Bonomelli

The lettering and graphic illustration create the perfect tension for this memoir about the authors strict Rastafarian upbringing.

Kimberly Glyder

The Drinker of Horizons (FSG, March 14)
Design by June Park

It’s amazing how the ship in the far distance pulls you right in.

Zoe Norvell

We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I (Other Press, March 28)

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Main image courtesy of the author; background image Private Collection (credit symbol) Look and Learn/Bridgeman Images

The layering of elements is so beautifully executed here. The push-and-pull between foreground and background ask some questions while drawing me into me, the ultimate bar for a memoir cover.

Morgan Krehbiel

Absolution (FSG, October 31)
Design by Alex Merto

This one must be seen in person. The special effects are stunning.

Jenny Carrow

The Book of Do (Do Book Co, August 8)
Design by Tom Etherington; illustrations by James Victore

So elegant and also playful. Such a sweet and tender design.

Kelly Winton

The Upstairs Delicatessen (FSG, October 24)
Design by June Park

Parks type work is always so cozy and considered. And that big field of oversaturated red! The muchness this cover achieves with such economy is nothing short of wizardry.

Alban Fischer

Age of Vice (Riverhead Books, January 3)
Design by Gregg Kulick

A jolt of energy.

Kimberly Glyder

Flux; cover design by Beste Miray Doan (Melville House, March 21)

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Design by Beste Miray Doan

Love this. Excellent contrasts with that bright yellow, huge sharp black type, organic/digital liquid splash. Still fresh and eye catching every time I see it. (Also, gotta appreciate a four letter word on two lines.)

Jamie Stafford-Hill

Tar Hollow Trans (University Press of Kentucky, June 20)
Design by Jaya Miceli

So impactful. I love how emotive the painterliness is here.

Lauren Peters-Collaer

Vengeance is Mine (Quercus Publishing [UK], October 26)
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Marie Ndiaye, Vengeance is Mine (Quercus Publishing [UK], October 26)
Design by Jack Smyth

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Design by Jack Smyth
The interplay of weird shadowy shapes and the type got me.

Mark Abrams

The Upcycled Self (One World, November 14)
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Tariq Trotter, The Upcycled Self (One World, November 14)
Design by Greg Mollica; collage by Najeebah Al-Ghadban

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Design by Greg Mollica; collage by Najeebah Al-Ghadban

This cover speaks to how prolific Black Thought is, and the depth of his music and his story. The modern and fresh collage is spot-on.

Emily Mahon

Sun House (Little, Brown, August 8)
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David James Duncan, Sun House (Little, Brown, August 8)
Design by Lucy Kim

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Design by Lucy Kim

A big deal book with a big look cover. What sets this jacket apart for me is that while there are big graphic elements, there are also really fine details. Simple and striking.

Lauren Harms

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Tom Comitta, The Nature Book; cover design by Tree Abraham (Coffee House Press, March 14)

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Design by Tree Abraham

One thing about me? I simply love a collage. And the weirder the better.

Morgan Krehbiel

Emily Temple

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