Please welcome Laura Williams, our Art Assistant and Promotional Materials Goddess! Laura gets to do design work on jackets, blads, press kits, and anything else we can dream up. In a job that necessitates constant creativity at a house that puts out so many beautiful books (if we don’t say so ourselves!), we were curious — what are your all-time favorite Algonquin jackets? We asked; Laura answered. Read on for the three designs that really get her mojo going…
Mudbound (by Hillary Jordan) is one of my new favorites. I think the designer (Lisa Fyfe) did an amazing job portraying the spirit of the book. The bird is so poetic.
I am also very fond of Wicked Plants (by Amy Stewart). I think the jacket conjures up all kinds of things ranging from old seed packet designs to the Farmer’s Almanac, and it does so in a wickedly irreverent way. The whole book design is really great, and the illustrations are just amazing. *Stay tuned next week for an appropriately Halloween-y excerpt and illustrations from Wicked Plants–PLUS a giveaway of the book itself!
I am also fond of The Last Girls (by Lee Smith). It is a very simple, yet powerful cover. I remember when I first saw it in a bookstore and it just leapt off the shelf.
What are some of your favorite jackets of all time?