Best Book Covers of the Year

From the minimal to the delightfully overwhelming, the New York Times’ selection of the year’s best book covers is a feast for the eyes. Some favorites include the bright and busy cover for “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett, which was designed by Rachel Willey; the upside-down and very apt “But What If We’re Wrong?” by Chuck Klosterman, designed by Paul Sahre; and our favorite, the …

What We See When We Read

An interview with book cover artist Peter Mendelsund on how we uniquely visualize the written word

From nothing but an assembling of letters on a page—strung together into words and sentences—readers craft fragmented visions. This visualization can be powerful enough to illicit the strongest emotions and reactions, experiences in other worlds, deep love for characters. Reading is unlike any other experience, and whether or not we are aware, we see things when we read. Peter Mendelsund, one of the most acclaimed …