I never understood the “Don’t judge a book by its cover”
sentiment. As a kid, I remember thinking to myself, I thought that’s what book covers were for? They’re the first
thing potential readers see when they’re browsing and they’re the subject of
many an *intellectual* Instagram shot. But most importantly, artists work hard
to make sure book covers reflect what’s inside of them.
As the NPR Books intern, my hands end up on a lot of brand
new titles, which also have brand new covers. So this summer, I’m going to be
tumbling about book cover art and artists in a series I’m calling #bookcovercrush.
First up: Luiza Sauma’s Flesh
and Bone and Water, which was designed by cover artist Lauren
The novel follows a wealthy Brazilian teenager
who finds himself drawn to the family
maid’s beautiful daughter after
travelling to the mouth of the Amazon.
Peters-Collaer says, “First, I explored mixing painted
patterns with natural elements of the Brazilian landscape to convey the
tropical setting and lush, layered feeling of the narrative.”
“At the same time, I was interested in incorporating an
obscured female visual to reference the woman who is a catalyst for the story,
and who is increasingly illuminated throughout the course of the text.”
“These two ideas came together in the final cover”:
Be sure to watch out for next installment of #bookcovercrush!
Images courtesy of
Lauren Peters-Collaer and Scribner
I’m FINALLY happy to announce that I had the treat of illustrating the brand new paperback editions of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching adventures. This job was truly an honour, and it’s the first time a female artist has illustrated a book by Terry Pratchett! Hurrah! The first book ‘The Wee Free Men’ will be released April 27th.
Can you believe that it’s April already? March flew by so fast. My goal for the month of April is to read some Jane Austen. Hopefully, I can finish some or at least start. Wish me luck. ig-c.booksandberries