Typographical Era’s Best Book Covers of 2013


We know that you should never judge a book by its cover, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a beautiful package.  And let’s be honest…sometimes well-designed and attractive cover art is what draws us to a book in the first place.  So we’d like to take a moment to celebrate some of our favorite book cover designs from 2013.  Enjoy!


Eleanor-and-ParkEleanor & Park

By Rainbow Rowell

Designed by Olga Grlic

Illustration by Harriet Russell

St Martin’s Griffin

Wise MenWise_Men

By Stuart Nadler

Designed by Matt Tanner

Typography by Dan Cassaro

Reagan Arthur Books

The_Widow_TreeThe Widow Tree

By Nicole Lundrigan

Designed by Carleton Wilson and Anna Comfort O’Keeffe

Illustration by Becca Stadtlander

Douglas & McIntyre

The-Night-GuestThe Night Guest

By Fiona McFarlane

Designed by Ariana Nehmad Ross

Faber & Faber

The_Teleportation_AccidentThe Teleportation Accident

By Ned Beauman

Designed by Scot Bendall, Richard Carey, and John Lyen


In_The_Night_Of_TimeIn The Night of Time

By Antonio Munoz Molia

Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman

Designed by Patrick Barry

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Two_or_Three_Years_LaterTwo or Three Years Later: Forty-Nine Digressions

By Ror Wolf

Translated from the German by Jennifer Marquart

Designed by N. J. Furl

Open Letter Books

The_Illicit_Happiness_Of_Other_PeopleThe Illicit Happiness of Other People

By Manu Joseph

Cover Design and Illustration by Jarrod Taylor

W. W. Norton & Company

A_Tale_For_The_Time_BeingA Tale for the Time Being

By Ruth Ozeki

Designed by Jim Tierney

Viking Adult

The_Night_Gwen_Stacy_DiedThe Night Gwen Stacy Died

By Sarah Bruni

Design and Illustration by Sarah Ferone

Mariner Books

The_FacadesThe Facades

By Eric Lundgren

Designed by Keith Hayes

Overlook Press

Some_DaySome Day

By Shemi Zarhin

Translated from the Hebrew by Yardenne Greenspan

Designed by Liana Finck

New Vessel Press


By Amy Sackville

Designed by Kanitta Meechubot



Fin_and_LadyFin & Lady

By Cathleen Schine

Designed by Charlotte Strick

Sarah Crichton Books


The-Hired-ManThe Hired Man

By Aminatta Forna

Designed by Holly Macdonald

Atlantic Monthly Press


I-Want-to-Show-You-MoreI Want to Show You More

By Jamie Quatro

Designed by Rachel Perry Welty

Grove Press


Flimsy_Little_Plastic_MiraclesFlimsy Little Plastic Miracles

By Ron Currie, Jr.

Designed by Gregg Kulick


Last-Summer-of-the-CamperdownsThe Last Summer of the Camperdowns

By Elizabeth Kelly

Designed by Jaya Miceli



The_DinnerThe Dinner

By Herman Koch

Translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

Designed by Christopher Brand



By Cesar Aira

Translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews

Cover design by Rodrigo Corral

New Directions

What were some of your favorite book covers of 2013?

About Karli Cude

Karli Cude, previous moderator of Hooked Bookworm, is an avid reader and former bookseller. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in English Literature in 2010 and completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences in 2013.