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A few favourite CanLit covers

Entertainment Weekly recently compiled a list of the 25 most memorable book covers from the past 25 years. Their list is slightly skewed toward ubiquitous mega-designer Chip Kidd, who scores six entries. The lone Canadian reference is Fred Marcellino’s 1986 cover for Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

We thought we’d play along by starting a list of our own favourite CanLit covers.

Below, you’ll find five picks from the bookshelf of Q&Q art director Gary Campbell. These bold, daring, and memorable covers grabbed him straight away, regardless of the title or the author’s name.

The Bookseller
Matt Cohen
(Knopf Canada)
Designed by Gordon Robertson, 1993
Miss Wyoming
Douglas Coupland
(Random House Canada)
Designed by John Gall, 1999
This All Happened
Michael Winter
(House of Anansi Press)
Designed by Bill Douglas, 2001
Not Wanted On The Voyage
Timothy Findley
(Penguin Books Canada)
Designed by Soapbox Design Communications, 2006
The Boys In The Trees
Mary Swan
(Henry Holt)
Designed by Lisa Fyfe, 2008