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What makes a good book cover? Bold colors, hand lettering mark 2021's best

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, January 3, 2022 - 12:24pm
Updated: Monday, January 3, 2022 - 12:44pm

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Outlawed by Anna North and Mona by Pola Oloixarac
Bloomsbury Publishing, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The novels “Outlawed” by Anna North and “Mona” by Pola Oloixarac. These two books tied for first on Literary Hub’s 2021 list.

The old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” doesn't apply for 2021's trends in book cover design.

Literary Hub recently released their list of the “101 Best Book Covers of 2021.”

To learn about what's behind the trends, The Show spoke with Brad Jones, a graphic designer with Studio 5 Eleven in Scottsdale.

Jones designs book covers himself, so the conversation began with how he approaches the design of a book cover.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Alfred A. Knopf
The cover of “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner, one of the top 20 books on Literary Hub’s list.

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