October 17th, 2013
Here’s some exciting news to pass along for everyone who loves to read books. Chip Kidd was recently interviewed by Julie Lasky over at the Home & Garden Section of the New York Times! The article’s main focus is all about his new book, which just came out, titled, “GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design” (Workman Publishing). This is Chip Kidd’s book designed especially for kids (age 10 and up) which has the goal of teaching “Graphic Design” to a younger audience. It also covers the principles of form, content, color, type and even a bit of history.
It’s a great article and we want to invite you to read it by clicking HERE!
NEW YORK TIMES Book Review – David Rakoff’s “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish” (Doubleday)
July 25th, 2013
We’re really proud to announce that a few days ago, in the BOOKS OF THE TIMES section of the New York Times, a Journalist named Janet Maslin wrote a very excellent book review for David Rakoff’s latest novel titled, “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish” (Doubleday, Cover designed by Chip Kidd).
Now, this book has been getting reviewed quite a bit (Yeah!) but the thing that is interesting about this one is that the main focus is on the “writing style” of the book, what Janet Maslin called, “poetic tempo”. You see, this whole novel was written in verse, sort of like a poem. She explains the whole process very well and in a unique way. So, please give it a quick read, just CLICK HERE!
Quick Side Note:
While visiting the NYT website to read the review, please take notice of the VIDEO they embedded on the left side of their site, it’s really good!
July 5th, 2013
Over at THE NEW YORK TIMES online edition, in their “Books” section, they recently published a very special Book Review for David Rakoff’s last book to be published, "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish" (Doubleday, a Division of Random House). The thing that made it special was that the Reporter, Joel Lovell, went the extra-mile and not only wrote a very touching story about this new book, but he also shared a lot about the late Author as well and even included a ton of extra visual material.
If you visit their site, CLICK HERE, then you’ll see what we’re talking about. There’s a video of David Rakoff reading an excerpt from the book titled, “Mindy’s Toast”. There are also a ton of great reference photos showcasing both the design of the book (Designed by Chip Kidd) and some random photos of David and his friends. It’s all very well done and kind of touching as well.
Then, they even included a few audio clips from the audiobook. I mean, WOW! Like I said, they went the extra-mile on this and we could not be more thankful or proud. It’s a great tribute to him as both an Author and person. The book is wonderful, it’s almost like a gift from David and we really miss him. But it’s a wonderful thing that his insight and humor will live on. This book will be made available on July 16th, 2013.
Here’s a quick post to share some awesome news for Batman Fans and DC Comics, Chip Kidd, & Dave Taylor. The Graphic Novel, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN has made the New York Times Bestseller List… again! Yes! This time it makes the list as a Trade Paperback Edition. It came in on the list at #8, WOO HOO! Let’s hope it just keeps climbing, ha!
Here are some Amazon links for both of the Hardcover and Paperback versions:
May 5th, 2013
WOW! We’re really excited to report that Chip Kidd designed the main graphic for the cover to today’s New York Times BOOK REVIEW. The image, shown up above, is obviously a parody on the famous British World War Two “Keep Calm and Carry On” Poster, but it also does a very good job of conveying the basic message of the main book review they are featuring on the cover. It’s the latest Triller Novel from John Le Carr titled, A DELICATE TRUTH.
The book will be released by Viking on May 7th (Yes, that’s in 2 days, ha!). As an important side note we should mention that Chip Kidd did not design the cover for the actual book.
So, please be sure to read today’s New York Times BOOK REVIEW by OLEN STEINHAUER, just CLICK HERE!
April 20th, 2013
Over at the NEW YORK TIMES Style Section they recently posted an extremely interesting “interactive” article showcasing some of the various book covers created over the years for THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Of course the main one is the rare First Edition, in blue, with the stylistic set of eyes & mouth floating over the Boardwalk. This book jacket was originally designed by Francis Coradal-Cugat and it’s not only beautiful, but it’s also a complete icon of book design.
Well, the fun part of their article is that they report about a book collector, and F. Scott Fitzgerald biographer, named Matthew J. Bruccoli who recently donated his HUGE collection of GREAT GATSBY books. What’s great is that it showcases nearly 83 years of book design. Sadly, he died in 2008. But his collection, which is considered to be one of the most complete in the world, lives on at the University of South Carolina.
When asked why he didn’t sell his collection (it’s worth millions) and why donate it, Bruccoli replied, “You don’t buy books as an investment, you buy them because it gives you pleasure to read them, to touch them . . . to see them on shelves.”
As an example of some of the book covers/jackets featured at their site we have posted a few pics down below, but if you CLICK HERE you can enjoy even more eye candy!
February 22nd, 2013
All of us here are really proud of the Book Author, Karen Russell, for receiving a totally wonderful and well thought-out book review for her latest work titled, VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE (Knopf), at the New York Times Sunday Book Review! Her work is both entertaining & hilarious! This new book is a collection of stories and check out what one of the things the NY Times Reporter, Joy Williams, had to say about them, “Her work has a velocity and trajectory that is little less than dazzling and a tough, enveloping, exhilarating voice that cannot be equaled. Sometimes not even by Karen Russell herself.”
To read the Review, please CLICK HERE!
January 30th, 2013
OH MY GOD!! Today, over at the NYR Blog, Architecture critic Martin Filler wrote a lot of very kind words at the New York Review of Books for Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor's BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN!! Now, for the few people who have not read this new Batman Graphic Novel (DC Comics) the basic plot revolves heavily around the idea of “Architectural issues”. So, Martin Filler was the perfect person to write this article, ha!
The wonderful thing, Mr. Filler wrote a very thought-provoking piece and it’s a great article. In fact, this review seems to be one of the main reviews that really “got the book”. The title of his article is “Batman vs. Koolhaas” and we’re asking all our readers to please check it out and while you’re there please feel free to leave a comment. Also, please be sure to share this link inside your online social activity. Yes, we’re talking to our facebook and Twitter Friends here, ha ha!
Thank You Martin Filler for your excellent review.
December 5th, 2012
WOW! We have some incredible news to share. Chris Ware’s New Graphic Novel, BUILDING STORIES, has made the list of “THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2012″ at the New York Times Book Review!! Basically, every year the Editors at the NYT Book Review pick five Fiction and five Non-Fiction Books to include in their TOP TEN List. This year they included Chris Ware’s latest work published by Pantheon Books. We can not even begin to explain how super-excited and totally honored we are to be in such company. To see the complete list, with excellent information & reviews, please CLICK HERE. Also, We want to express a deeply heart-felt THANK YOU to the New York Times for this wonderful honor.
This week in The New York Times Book Review, Douglas Wolk reviews Chris Ware's "Building Stories” published by Pantheon. I mean, the book made the cover, WOW! The graphic novel, which follows the residents of one building in Chicago, comes in the form of 14 different elements in a large box: a hard-bound volume or two, pamphlets and leaflets, a huge tabloid and more.
Then, Reporter John Williams at The New York Times BOOKS PODCAST interviews Chris Ware and there is a lot of interesting twists and turns. We can’t embed it here but if you visit this LINK then you can listen to the podcast. Please do, it’s really great!