The best book cover designs of 2015 (according to the New York Times)

Posted on by Guy Cookson

“Voices in the Night” by Steven Millhauser Designed by Janet Hansen Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

“Voices in the Night” by Steven Millhauser Designed by Janet Hansen Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Ever since album covers were demoted from an LP sized canvas in shop windows across the country, to a tiny square in the corner of our mobile phone screens, it could be argued that the book cover has picked up the slack in terms of highly visible design on the things we buy for entertainment (notwithstanding the resurgence in vinyl and, conversely, the popularity of the Kindle).

So it’s exciting to see which book cover designs Matt Dorfman, art director at The New York Times Book Review, has chosen this year. Dorfman says of his selection: “Each one poses a question I want an answer for.”

“The Musical Brain” by César Aira Designed by Rodrigo Corral and Zak Tebbal Publisher: New Directions

“The Musical Brain” by César Aira
Designed by Rodrigo Corral and Zak Tebbal
Publisher: New Directions

“The Librarian” by Mikhail Elizarov Designed by David Pearson Publisher: Pushkin Press

“The Librarian” by Mikhail Elizarov
Designed by David Pearson
Publisher: Pushkin Press

“Imperium” by Christian Kracht Designed by Adalis Martinez Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“Imperium” by Christian Kracht
Designed by Adalis Martinez
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“Witches of America” by Alex Mar Designed by Rachel Willey Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“Witches of America” by Alex Mar
Designed by Rachel Willey
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“The Liar’s Club” (20th Anniversary Edition) by Mary Karr Designed by Paul Buckley Illustration by Brian Rea Publisher: Penguin Classics

“The Liar’s Club” (20th Anniversary Edition) by Mary Karr
Designed by Paul Buckley
Illustration by Brian Rea
Publisher: Penguin Classics

“Trans: A Memoir” by Juliet Jacques Illustration and lettering by Joanna Walsh Publisher: Verso

“Trans: A Memoir” by Juliet Jacques
Illustration and lettering by Joanna Walsh
Publisher: Verso

“Everything That Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor Designed by Charlotte Strick Illustration by June Glasson Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“Everything That Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor
Designed by Charlotte Strick
Illustration by June Glasson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“Making Nice” by Matt Sumell Designed by Gray318 Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

“Making Nice” by Matt Sumell
Designed by Gray318
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

“KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps” by Nikolaus Wachsmann Designed by Alex Merto Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps” by Nikolaus Wachsmann
Designed by Alex Merto
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“Satin Island” by Tom McCarthy Designed by Peter Mendelsund Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

“Satin Island” by Tom McCarthy
Designed by Peter Mendelsund
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

“The Complete Stories” by Clarice Lispector Designed by Paul Sahre Publisher: New Directions

“The Complete Stories” by Clarice Lispector
Designed by Paul Sahre
Publisher: New Directions

 

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