Aug 14, 2012
On this week's episode: Book spine poetry, book jackets, cover coincidences, and a magical book called Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.
We've been fascinated by the current fad in the internet book world: book spine poetry. Try it: use book titles from your library to create poetry. We'd love to see your entries. To share with Books on the Nightstand listeners, just upload your works of art to the BOTNS Book Spine Poetry Yogile Album. You can also email or MMS your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the album to see other entries. I can't wait to see what you come up.
So many readers (including us) are fascinated by book jackets and cover trends that we hope you don't mind that we talk about them yet again. Recently, NPR's Weekend Edition spoke to famed book designer Chip Kidd in a piece called "In the E-Book World, Are Book Covers a Dying Art?" Michael and I talk about how covers are changing in the advent of the internet. We also talk about a recent cover trend: jackets with handwritten-type fonts, like the new JK Rowling novel that will be published this fall. The Atlantic looks at this trend in its article "Book Cover Clones." Lastly, we look at why some very different books are published with the same image on the cover. Caustic Cover Critic has a round-up of some examples.
Michael and I are both over the moon about Matthew Dicks' Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. Matthew has been a long-time fan of Books on the Nightstand, and we've been fans of his, but even if we didn't know Matthew, we'd be talking about this new book. It's the story of Budo, who is the imaginary friend of an eight year old boy named Max. When Max is in trouble, Budo must do whatever he can to try and save him. This is a novel that is highly original, charming, funny, and a bit dark. It is an adult novel, but I think it will also have great appeal to teens. Matthew will be one of our authors at Booktopia:Santa Cruz in October, so some of you will have a chance to meet him. Also, a note for our UK listeners: Matthew Dicks writes under the name Matthew Green in the UK.