Saturday, June 20, 2009
Below is the cover of Nabokov's The Original of Laura according to Amazon.
I don't know who designed this but I can't imagine the stress they had to deal with the get this right. I think it works! I love the fading letters; we don't need to see the full name and title because we know exactly what it is and arguably have been waiting for this book for 30+ years. But what about those readers who don't know Nabokov? While I adore this cover, I can't imagine it does much for someone who is not familiar with the author or the work. What do you think?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I had two of my busiest weeks this year, both at home and at the bookstore. Not only did I just move apartments, but two weekends ago was Book Expo
I think we’re in good shape If Seattle’s Chin Music Press (www.chinmusicpress.com) is any indication of the future of independent publishing. At this point they’ve got a small list of books but from where I stand they’re doing everything right.
And not only are these books incredible to own, they’re all great reads as well. Riding the crest of the US Japanese literature wave, Chin Music provides us with a modest and intelligent look at the arts and culture coming out of
Chin Music is certainly a publisher to keep an eye on. If you’re a fan of the Japanese lit that’s coming into the US but tired of publishers and their wacky, surreal attempts at finding another Haruki Murakami, Chin Music is the place for you.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Below are the Japanese covers for each volume.
UPDATE: Just found this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQLb15PN4Jg