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Have you ever judged a book by its cover?

Don’t feel bad; you’re supposed to. But how are design choices made, and who holds the power to make them? In Book Dream’s first double-guest episode, Eve and Julie discuss and challenge conventions of book design with Ellen Lupton, graphic designer, writer, and educator, and Reif Larsen, author of “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.”

The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet

“The novel is a cabinet of wonders, an odyssey of self-discovery, a family romance, a symphony of topography, geology and American history. The book hardly seems able to stay between its covers, bulging as it is with so many astonishments, so many crossings of fictional lines.”


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Reif Larsen

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, by Reif Larsen

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (audio book), by Reif Larsen

The Guardian First Book Award

James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

I Am Radar, by Reif Larsen

Ellen Lupton

Graphic Design MFA Program, Maryland Institute College of Art

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC

AIGA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement

Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ulysses, by James Joyce

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, by Julie Sternberg

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

Jenny Tobias, Illustrator

Ben Gibson, Illustrator

Anne Schwartz, Schwartz and Wade, Reif Larsen’s Publisher

Roald Dahl

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women 2019 film, by Greta Gerwig

Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

Book Dreams Podcast


Lit Hub Radio

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