Gathered by Mandi Casolo

Chicago designer Jenny Volvoski reads a book and re-creates its cover art with challenging color and type limitations. While a theme of green, black, and white unifies the covers into a series, “Cover to Cover,” each cover is imagined in the individual likeness of its story.

After hemming and hawing and biting your nails and proclaiming to be a closet writer, you may at last resign to submission. But where to start? Among the overwhelming number of options to submit your work, Becky Tuch shows you how to pick the right venue for your writing.

Three years ago, blogger John Bertram sponsored a contest for new Lolita covers. This past summer the submissions were collected and published in an anthology, Lolita: Story of a Cover Girl. The book addresses the novel’s sexual complexity and its historical portrayal in Lolita cover art. These provocative designs do not shy away from the darkness that pervades the story.

From l. to r. cover designs by John Fulbrook III, Barbara deWilde and Ellen Lupton


Books can be incredible works of art. Take Jonathon Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes for instance. While it may induce headaches to actually read, it certainly breaks the mold of the traditional novel.

French artist Eric Fonteneau’s life-size installation art, “La Bibliotheque”, showcases charcoal and graphite rubbings of European and North American libraries. The eerie exhibit points to the fading and reclusive nature of physical books.