I keep an eye out during the year for cool covers and flash-as book production. Here are my five 2019 standout moments in New Zealand publishing:
Absolute winner - The Absolute Book
This is my favourite cover of the year. Natural, bucolic, beautiful - it has resonated with me from the moment I saw this tweet from Victoria University Press. This stunner of a cover is the artwork Lost (2014) by Australian artist Catherine Nelson
Catherine Nelson is an Australian artist, living in Belgium and the Netherlands, who uses digital technology as her paintbrush creating landscape ‘paintings’ and animations.
And that typeface is *chef's kiss*.
The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox. Published by Victoria University Press.
We are delighted to announce THE ABSOLUTE BOOK by Elizabeth Knox will be published in September. Epic fantasy, intimate in tone. It's a stunning read w a stunning cover by Catherine Nelson. @ElizabethKnoxNZ https://t.co/LUZUcZcDAe pic.twitter.com/2AHhUppSKj
— Victoria Uni Press (@VUPBooks) May 23, 2019
"All of this is for you": Ruby Jones
After the Mosque Attacks in Christchurch on 15 March, Wellington-based artist and writer Ruby Jones shared her illustration featuring two women embracing, with the words ‘This is your home and you should have been safe here.’ Next stop - illustrating the cover of Time magazine. Now she has a book published by Penguin Random House All of this is for you: A little book of kindness. What's extra special about Ruby's book is the pasteup campaign that the people of Ōtautahi have been enjoying around town. Way to take a book to the people. Way to take kindness to the streets. Brava Ruby and Penguin Random House.
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Have you spotted @rubyalicerose artworks around the city? There is even a special books one by Tūranga. Here are some we have spotted around Christchurch. Ruby's book 'all of this is for you' is in libraries and bookshops (published by @penguinbooksnz). #christchurchnz #rubyjones #allofthisisforyou #penguinbooksnz, opens a new window
'Funny as' covers x 4
Funny as: The story of New Zealand comedy by Paul Horan and Philip Matthews was a great companion piece to the broad-ranging tv series. It certainly wasn't a retread, and went on its own deep dive into NZ comedy. I love that there are extended interviews on NZ on screen. I love that the book has 4 - count 'em - cover options. Nicely played, Auckland University Press.
This Lady's not for turning
When have book covers (and magazine and newspaper covers) been a field of combat? Michelle Duff's book Jacinda Ardern: The Story behind an extraordinary leader published by Allen & Unwin certainly got the trollerati's knickers in a twist. It's #TurnArdern versus ...
And coming out next year, this fab looking picture book by David Hill.
Here we are
We are here: An Atlas of Aotearoa by Chris McDowall and Tim Denee, published by Massey University Press. It's an important book, offering a new way of looking at New Zealand - geographically, culturally, and economically. This is one to buy, to keep, and to revisit repeatedly.
More book cover pleasures of 2019
POETRY IN MOTION
Poetry books are often well produced, with fab covers galore.
You can rely on New Zealand book covers for a dramatic typeface and smart deployment of words.
SARAH LAING SLAYS, AS ALWAYS
Whether she's designing covers for her own books, or for others, a Sarah Laing cover is distinctively gorgeous.
SHOUTOUT TO DESIGNER KEELY O'SHANNESSY
Craven by Jane Arthur and lots more brilliant covers.Keely designed the cover of
Check some out in her Instagam post ...
I am completely thrilled and a little overwhelmed to have these 4 covers shortlisted in the PANZ book design awards this year. https://t.co/tZTO7b6y5H Thanks so much to the judges and to my incredible clients @VUPBooks @AUPBooks @FergusVUP @katrina_duncan3 @PANZ_BDAwards pic.twitter.com/CQ7J9wxebX
— keely O'Shannessy (@kostheory) June 11, 2019
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Book design of the year winner? https://t.co/OEkgtL2lAD
— Helen Lehndorf (@helen_lehndorf) May 21, 2019
Browse more covers of New Zealand books published in 2019.
More best book covers
Best book covers of previous years
- Best book covers of 2018 - My pick of New Zealand's finest
- Best book covers of 2017 - My pick of New Zealand's finest
- Best book covers of 2016 – My pick of New Zealand’s finest
- Best book covers of 2015 - My pick of New Zealand's finest
- Best book covers of 2014 – My pick of New Zealand’s finest
- Best book covers of 2013 – My pick of New Zealand’s finest
- The colourful book covers of 2012
- Best book covers of 2012 - New Zealand's finest
For more on local book covers and design, see the PANZ Book Design Awards.