Talking Covers with Jonathan Lethem

When: Back to Calendar » March 2, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

The award-winning author Jonathan Lethem will join Sean Manning, editor of the blog Talking Covers, for a discussion of his published book covers and also the cover of his forthcoming novel, Dissident Gardens.

Talking Covers is a blog that invites the parties involved in a book cover’s creation—the author, the designer, the artist—to give commentary and discuss the design process. For the blog, comments are submitted and posted digitally; this is the first time it has been adapted to a live event.  This presentation of Talking Covers will interweave a live discussion between Manning and Lethem with video interviews with book cover designers who worked on select covers by the author.

Video interviews will feature commentary by notable designers John Gall (paperback: The Fortress of Solitude),  Miriam Rosenbloom (UK paperback: Chronic City), Marc Cozza and Rebecca Cohen (hardcover: The Fortress of Solitude, Men and Cartoons, The Disappointment Artist), Steve Cooley (hardcover: Gun, with Occasional Music; Amnesia Moon), and Amy King (hardcover: Motherless Brooklyn).

About the Contributors:

Sean Manning is the author of the memoir The Things That Need Doing and has written for The Village Voice,, Deadspin, The Daily Beast, BlackBook, and The Awl, among other publications. Find Sean at

Jonathan Lethem is the author of numerous essays and short stories, as well as many novels, such as Gun, with Occasional Music, Amnesia Moon, Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, Men and Cartoons, The Disappointment Artist, and the not-yet-published Dissident Gardens.  He has won a National Book Critics Circle Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.  He currently teaches at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

John Gall is the Creative Director for Abrams Books. Prior to that he spent fifteen years as art director for Vintage and Anchor books, designing covers for the likes of Haruki Murakami, Vladimir Nabokov and hundreds of others. He is a former AIGA board member and also teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

Miriam Rosenbloom has been working as a book cover designer for last decade. After two years at Penguin in Melbourne, she moved to London in 2005, where she worked as a senior designer at Faber & Faber. Her design work has been featured in print and online publications around the world. She returned to Australia in 2011 and currently works as Art Director at Scribe.

Marc Cozza began his career in New York, working as an art director and designer in the music industry. He eventually founded his own design firm and did award-winning work for Sony Music, The J. Peterman Company, Miramax Films and Random House. After a stint Nike as an art director in their apparel division, Marc became a creative director at Sandstrom Design, where he created identities and packaging for Coca-Cola, Seeds of Change, Cranium and a company that sold steer manure.

Rebecca Cohen studied painting in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy before returning to her native New York to earn an MFA at Hunter College. Her love of fashion and design led her to graphic design jobs in the fashion industry, first branding menswear at Polo Ralph Lauren, then in Nike’s Brand Design department. She concentrated on the NikeWomen business and was instrumental in art directing the look and feel of their retail and branding initiatives. She is also an illustrator whose work has graced a number of packages, from books to boardgames.

Marc and Rebecca (hardcover: The Fortress of Solitude, Men and Cartoons, The Disappointment Artist) have since co-founded the branding and design agency CO Projects. Together, they have created memorable work for Brooks Running, Sartori Cheese, SNL: The Game, Keen Footwear, Ann Sacks Tile, Boyd’s Coffee and Xbox. Throughout their careers, they have been fortunate to design book covers for such authors as Jonathan Lethem, Bill Bryson, Matthew Klam, Peter Straub and Haven Kimmel among others.

Steve Cooley (hardcover: Gun, with Occasional Music and Amnesia Moon) operates Cooley Design Lab, a one-person studio in South Portland, Maine. He is the former Creative Director for Perseus Publishing and Da Capo Press, two imprints of the Perseus Books Group. Prior to that he was founding Art Director for Houghton Mifflin’s adult trade paperback imprint, Mariner Books.

Amy King (hardcover: Motherless Brooklyn) is executive director, art and design, at Rodale Books. She was formerly creative director at Bloomsbury USA.