Art Of Ages: Cetus Finalis Cover Reveal!

Hello dear reader,

Reminder: Cetus Finalis, on sale NOW!
Book signing is on October 2nd (Sunday, 3-6PM), at Finnegan’s Wake (937 Cole St, 94117)

This week, we’re going visual, in a big way.  A cover is a very important opportunity to enhance the art of a book. As toothsome as the volume of words within may be, a beautiful image gracing a book’s cover can make it moreso.

sylph-woodenOver the numerous times that I have rewritten Cetus Finalis, my goddess wife Lucie has shown indispensable love and support. When I wrote my NaNoWriMo draft of Cetus Finalis, Lucie gave me a wooden toy of a smiling whale, with little wheels. It could roll across my desk, or rest in vigil atop printed drafts.

Sometimes when we are working on our parallel projects in the home, our fields of inspiration overlap. Lucie’s preferred medium is hand crafted art, sometimes painting, but just as likely to be manifest in felting, fermenting, or block printing. During an earlier draft of Cetus Finalis, Lucie was working with her linoleum block print gear. I came home one day to learn she was inspired to create this diving image of Sylph, the book’s young protagonist. She bound together a blank journal and printed Sylph on the cover, so I’d have something to write in.

Too cool; I’m a lucky man. Love, folks! In your face!

Time went by, as a year or two can do, and the book was ready to rock, ready for the people. I asked her if I could make it the book’s official cover. She was delighted, and did a fresh print just for the occasion. Wanna see it? Here it goes!

Image by Lucie Hall (Linoleuim block print)

Of course, each linoleum block imprint is unique, and the book printer will only mass produce one image for this cover. But we have laid plans for a limited collector’s edition of unique, hand printed covers, to better reflect the nature of the medium. What’s more, Lucie did not only make this one image, she did two. After we began to speak about using her image for the book’s market cover, she started thinking more about Sylph, and wanted another look at her. And, as you can see below, the back cover has its own close grace. Without further ado:

Image by Lucie Hall (Linolieum block print)

Nice Caboose.

I love it! I love it! I love it! What gorgeous prints; what inspiration! Thank you, Lucie Hall! I know you’re out there, beautiful!

And also a red hot thank you goes out to the team at Lara J Designs, particularly Lara, Steven, and Megg, for making this book a joy to look at. Thank you so much! You rock the houseboat!

Look at this art we’ve made! Wait until you read it. I’m so proud to get wrapped up in this cover!

And now, just because you’ve got to see the whole layout [centerfold hubba hubba]:

Image by Lucie Hall (Linolieum block print)

Show your friends!

Party Note: Cetus Finalis, on sale NOW!
Book signing is on October 2nd (Sunday, 3-6PM), at Finnegan’s Wake (937 Cole St, 94117)

So tell me, which one’s your favorite, front or back?
See you next week, where we’ll enhance your whale vocabulary. Thank you for reading. Reading rules!

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About Suhail Rafidi

Suhail Rafidi is a novelist and educator whose works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. You can find him on Twitter, too, @shelldive.
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