The Healing

The Healing

Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 1998

Description

Since Beacon Press is a publisher known for non-fiction, illustration was the best way to signal the transition to fiction. I chose Leigh Wells because her samples showed a down-home, magic otherness with collage, line drawing, oil, and watercolor that matched the book. She sent in three ideas. Though the editor originally preferred another sketch, she agreed to the turtle lady, loved it, and heroically defended it to the author. The turtle lady achieved national recognition and thank God we didn’t have to conform to some trite idea of what African American books have to look like.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1998
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Beacon Press
Art director
Sara Eisenman
Designer/illustrator
Leigh Wels
Typeface
Hand drawn by Leigh Wells
Printer
Coral Graphics
Paper
100# Coated One Side
Publisher
Beacon Press
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