COVER STORY: Book Recovery Lives!

Virginia Center for the Book is pleased to announce…the entries for our contest and exhibition, Cover Story.

You remember the challenge, right? Re-cover (or even rebind) a book, any book, around an existing text block. Oh yeah, with $400 in potential prizes.

Well it’s time for the “blind judging” stage of the contest, and we’ve seen works converting paperback books into hardcovers, reinterpreting boring hardcovers, and creating handmade slip cases or clamshell boxes for fine books. Now the judging goes on to determine who’ll get the grand prize. Our criteria are:

  • creativity of concept
  • suitability of design and materials to text
  • excellence in craft

We thank our nine contestants for their applications, but the contest entry point is now closed. And how might you find one of these treasures? Submitted books will be auctioned at the 2018 Raucous Auction to support the Center’s educational mission…minus the grand prize winner, which will be collected by UVa Special Collections.

Here’s a preview of the field:

Binder #1: Booth Tarkington’s SEVENTEEN

Binder #2: Griscom, Rand and Johnston’s COMPLETE BOOK OF BEER DRINKING GAMES

Binder #3: L. Frank Baum’s THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

Binder #4: Lewis Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Binder #5: Vincent M. Holt’s WHY NOT EAT INSECTS?

Binder #6: Cornelius Eady’s YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER

Binder #7: Robert Francis’s THE ORB WEAVER

Binder #8: Martin Heidegger’s POETRY, LANGUAGE, THOUGHT

Binder #9: James Sullivan’s JEANS: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN ICON