Friday, August 15, 2008

Evan Gaffney: Treason by the Book

Absolutely beautiful cover, an AIGA 50 books/50 covers winner. The triple typeface combination coupled with the Chinese characters is awesome. Here's the synopsis from PW:
"In 1728, Emperor Yongzheng of China received a message from a distant subordinate advising that treason, in the form of a letter denouncing his regime, was abroad in the land. This new book by Yale scholar Spence (The Death of Woman Wang; The Search for Modern China; etc.) traces the intricate and surprising consequences of that disclosure."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Debra Morton Hoyt: Porno

The sequel to Trainspotting - this time with the gang trying to direct and produce a local porn flic. Photo by Chris Fraser-Smith.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Megan Wilson: Appointment in Samarra

From the writer of Butterfield 8, comes this classic novel published in 1934. It concerns a circle of wealthy party animals and one man's "rapid descent toward self-destruction". I think the type here is absolutely incredible and harkens back to those glamorous social clubs you see in black and white movies.