October’s 10 Best Book Covers ‹ Literary Hub


Another month of books, another month of book covers. It may be all the orange and black that assaults my vision when I go out, but this month I responded to simplicity and elegance and, as always, humor. I can never have too many. Here are my favorite October book covers.

HD, HERmione; cover design by Rodrigo Corral and Thomas Colligan (New Directions, October 4)

It would be beautiful even without the subtle dimensionality, which elevates it even further.

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Hiroko Oyamada, Weasels in the Attic; cover design by Janet Hansen (New Directions, October 4)

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All of Hansen’s covers for Oyamada’s books have been quirky, bold, and colorful; this one also has the added value of being funny.

Ryan Lee Wong, Which Side Are You On Ryan Lee Wong, which side are you on; cover design by Gregg Kulick (Catapult, October 4)

A clever and compelling—and fun—take the sign-style cover.

it comes from the closet Joe Vallèse (ed.), It comes from the closet; cover design by Bráulio Amado (Feminist Press, October 4)

Very funny and visually striking to boot.

nerd_maya phillips Maya Phillips, Nerd; cover design by James Iacobelli (Atria, October 11)

I love this version of the all-type cover, which invites you to recognize (or guess) all the typographical references, which in turn invites you right into the book.

Peter Brooks, Seduced by History: The Use and Abuse of Storytelling Peter Brooks, Captivated by history; cover by Katy Homans, cover image: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Paolo and Francesca1814 (NYRB, October 18)

I like the simple style of the new NYRB series; that this one uses sassy (and dramatic!) painting makes it even better.

Robin McLean, make 'em young, treat 'em tough, don't tell 'em shit Robin McLean, Make ’em young, treat ’em tough, don’t tell ’em nothing; cover by Anna Morrison (And Other Stories, October 18)

The pterodactyl running away with the E! Go on.

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Jeanna Kadlec, Heretic; cover design by Robin Bilardello (Harper, October 25)

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Another simple yet effective cover, which creates a lot of mystery in all that foggy in-between space.


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