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Covers of the Year

Q&Q editors on four of this year’s top cover designs

Queen Solomon

Tamara Faith Berger

Coach House Books

Designed by Ingrid Paulson The inspired partnership between novelist Tamara Faith Berger – one of the most boundary-pushing writers currently published by an established Canadian house – and fearless designer Ingrid Paulson continues to result in provocative and subversive book covers. For Queen Solomon, Paulson depicts a highly phallic X-acto blade piercing a red sheet (think blood, fire, etc.), producing a shadow that suspiciously resembles a woman’s breast. The bisecting blade also intimates the novel’s charged political aspects. If that’s not enough, flip the book over and notice the subtly vaginal slit that adorns the bottom third of the back cover. –Steven W. Beattie

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