Tuesday, October 4, 2011

When You Reach Me: Czech Style

This morning I found this great surprise in my (e)mailbox: the Czech cover for When You Reach me (Argo). I find it beguiling and beautiful. If you look closely, you will see that it's made to appear drawn on loose-leaf paper, complete with smudges. And look at my name - Steadova! with an accent! (My last name is Welsh, but I am Russian and Hungarian on my mom's side, so I love this mash-up.)


There's also a series of amazing illustrations inside the book, by the artist Nikkarin. I think this makes the Argo edition my first-ever illustrated novel, something I have dreamed about.

Meanwhile, I'm happy to say that some day I WILL have another novel published by Wendy Lamb Books (next fall, we hope). We are just now hashing out a lot of fun stuff like final edits, the title, and the cover. As lots of you probably know, a book's cover is designed by an art director (in our case, the wonderful Kate Gartner at Random House), not the editor or the author. I haven't yet seen sketches for the new book, but this infusion of art from Argo has me very excited.


BOB BOYLE said...

Wow! What a great surprise!

It's nice how the illustrations are so detailed yet still impressionistic in a sense. They leave enough room for the reader to apply their own vision of the characters and locations.


Tara Lazar said...

Awesome! I want a copy of this version!

James Kennedy said...

Good Lord. The illustrations and design are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

that is great! the illustrations are wonderful and detailed! i love when you reach me. i just did a book report on it.it was called why is this book a newbery? loved the book. i want this copy.

Nikkarin said...

im very glad that you like these pictures. Its a great book and working on it was really fun.


Jan Vaněk jr. said...

Tara Lazar, Anonymous etc.: You can order the book online on a leading Czech eshop connected with the publisher, though apparently the fools have no interface in English, only a how-to page.