Auster, Hustvedt (and me) in Elsinore

This month Per Kofod celebrated his 25th anniversary as an independent publisher in Elsinore, Denmark. Just down the block from Hamlet’s castle at Kulturværftet (an old ship yard transformed into a cultural center). The event was highlighted by the presence of Brooklyn writers Siri Hustvedt and Paul Auster.

During Auster and Hustvedt’s performance together they both read from the other’s new novel.
They revealed that they had never done that before, neither in public or in private. I made a couple of rough little videos of these literary firsts. They can be seen here and here.

I was happy to participate in the festival with a New York photo exhibition (see a few of the pictures here) and a talk about my book jackets (see samples here) I also made a couple of display cases of my work. It was fun to show some of the actual source material I use for my covers.

This corner of the exhibition shows my fascination with Gingko leaves, which I have used several times in my design work.

And here I show the cigar box I used as inspiration for Siri Hustvedt’s “A Plea for Eros” jacket. Also the clockwork that (in great magnification) became the cover for Jan Stage’s “Witness to History”.

Visiting book stores in Copenhagen, it was great to see Hustvedt’s and Auster’s books (with my covers) strongly represented.
I had not planned this, but it was good to see how nicely the jackets were color coordinated.

No spring trip to Copenhagen without a visit to Tivoli Gardens. On top of the food, drinks and rides there are plenty of colors and patterns to inspire the designer in us all…


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