A Box of Matches

A Box of Matches

Vintage Books, New York, New York, 2003


In the framing device of the book, the author starts with a box of matches. Each morning, he lights a fire in his fireplace with one of the matches, eats an apple and then ruminates about his domestic life, along with tangential minutiae that only Nicholson Baker can come up with. The book ends when the box of matches runs out.

Juror Notes

“When elements are handled well, it is okay to make a matchbook out of a book called A Box of Matches. This makes it seem like the perfect solution.” Archie Ferguson

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2003
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover


Design firm
Vintage Books
Art director
John Gall
Jacket designer
John Gall
Nicholson Baker
Vintage Books
Trim size
5 3/16 x 8”
Quantity printed
Clarendon, OptiSportScript, Sackers
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Book type
General trade