Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, New York, New York, 2003


Sometimes the perfect image for a book is right under your nose—or, in the case of Michelle Huneven’s inspired novel Jamesland, hanging on your wall.

Jamesland starts off with a compelling and hilarious scene in which a woman is awakened in the middle of the night by a deer that has somehow found its way into her dining room ; it may or may not be real. The deer imagery continues straight through to the end of the book and is central to the story. As I read the manuscript in my bedroom, I became increasingly aware of the deer painting that hangs on the wall across from my bed. When I reached the last page, I was convinced that, had I searched high and low, I’d have been hard pressed to find a piece of art more perfect for the jacket. Thankfully, the author agreed.

Juror Notes

“I have been so taken with this jacket for so long that I am only now getting past that to actually read the title. It is a wonderful appropriation of found art, manipulated just enough to tell the story without destroying the integrity of the original art. Take me to Jamesland, wherever that is.” Archie Ferguson

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2003
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book


Design firm
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
Art director
Carol Devine Carson
Jacket designer
Abby Weintraub
Production director
Andy Hughes
Production coordinator
Claire Bradley Ong
Michelle Huneven
Gary Fisketjon
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
Trim size
5.75 x 8.625”
Monotype Gotham, Palace Script
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Book type
Literature and nonfiction