Author Shoots Down Jacket Design

Seeing this Conan O'Brien video reminded me of one of my favorite author encounters. I was at Villard Books at the time and we were publishing the first volume in Hunter's "Letters" series. The designs wound up being fairly straightforward as Hunter wanted a severe departure from the rowdier look of his fiction packaging and to play it straight with the photos he had in mind. I would also design the covers for the next several books in the series once David Rosenthal, the Villard publisher at the time, and Hunter had moved over to Simon and Schuster. Books, and jackets, get it around 2:00.