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Book Covers of Note January 2016 | The Casual Optimist

Oof. Hello, January. This is all rather soon isn’t it? But here we are, a new month, and another selection of new book covers (with…Continue readingBook Covers of Note January 2016

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Book Covers of Note January 2016 | The Casual Optimist

Oof. Hello, January. This is all rather soon isn’t it? But here we are, a new month, and another selection of new book covers (with…Continue readingBook Covers of Note January 2016

Air's Appearance  design by David Drummond

Air's Appearance design by David Drummond

Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World

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Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World

This Close by Jessica Francis (Graywolf Press)

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This Close by Jessica Francis (Graywolf Press)

Rodrigo Corral and Adalis Martinez

Book Covers of Note October 2015 | The Casual Optimist

A little bit later than scheduled, here is my October selection of book covers. There are three from Verso, and two by James Paul Jones, but…Continue readingBook Covers of Note October 2015

Not Forgetting The Whale design by Edward Bettison

Edward Bettison

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Rise of the Novel design by James Paul Jones

Book Covers of Note October 2015 | The Casual Optimist

A little bit later than scheduled, here is my October selection of book covers. There are three from Verso, and two by James Paul Jones, but…Continue readingBook Covers of Note October 2015

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (US Edition) cover design by Jarrod Taylor

Go Set A Watchman | The Casual Optimist

This post was updated April 4, 2015 with additional illustrations and commentary. Earlier this week, the US and UK covers for the new Harper Lee novel,…Continue readingGo Set A Watchman

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights -- designer TBC

Books, Design and Culture

Book covers, design inspiration, comics, literature, publishing, and pop culture: The Casual Optimist is a blog by Dan Wagstaff.

Amnesia by Peter Carey; design by Alex Kirby

Book Covers of Note November 2014 | The Casual Optimist

This is the last of the monthly cover round-ups for 2014, and I have a lot to cram in before I start on my big…Continue readingBook Covers of Note November 2014

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen; design by Nathan Burton (Pushkin Press / September 2014)

Book Covers of Note November 2014 | The Casual Optimist

This is the last of the monthly cover round-ups for 2014, and I have a lot to cram in before I start on my big…Continue readingBook Covers of Note November 2014

An unused hand-drawn version of Biz Stone’s (Twitter Co-Founder) new book—Christopher Silas Neal

Chris Silas Neal

An unused hand-drawn version of Biz Stone’s (Twitter Co-Founder) new book—before switching to a photograph and different style lettering.