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Shortlist for Saltire Society Scottish Book Cover Award 2019

20 November 2019

The Saltire Society has announced the shortlist for a brand-new award - the Scottish Book Cover Award - as part of the 2019 Saltire Literary Awards, widely regarded as Scotland's National Book Prizes. Six books, with covers created either by Scottish designers or an in-house designer for a Scottish publisher, have been shortlisted in this new award for creative design.

The six shortlisted book covers are:

  • Animals Eat Each Other  by Elle Nash (404 ink) and designed by Leah McDowell of elemdesign. 
  • Guardians of the Wild Unicorns by Lindsay Littleson, illustrated by Samantha Woo and published by Kelpies (an imprint of Floris Books). 
  • In Nearby Bushes by Kei Miller, published by Carcarnet Press and designed by Andrew Latimer.  
  • Self Heal by Samantha Walton, published by Boilerhouse Press and designed by Emily Benton Book Design.
  • The Disconnect by Keren David, published by Barrington Stoke and designed by Julie-Ann Murray and illustrated by Jen Collins. 
  • The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada (translated by Chris Andrews), published by Charco Press and designed by Pablo Font. 

Sarah Mason, Programme Director at the Saltire Society, said "The Scottish Book Cover Award celebrates the enormous talent Scotland has in book production and design. This Award and its shortlistees exemplify creativity and the relationship between the designer, the publisher and the author. From augmented reality and the dependence on mobile devices to lyrics on love, work and protest; the shortlisted works show how a book cover can start the conversation before the first page is turned."

The Saltire Literary Awards are supported by Creative Scotland. Alan Bett of Creative Scotland said: "Cover design helps form our first impressions of a book and communicates what's within its pages. They often influence which are picked off the shelf, bought and read, and which are not. It is great to see that the Saltire Literary Awards are recognising the art of the book cover; this essential part of the publishing process that results in the engaging and often beautiful designs that help books tell their story."

The winner of the Scottish Book Cover Award will be announced, together with all the Saltire Literary Awards, at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 30 November.  Tickets to the event cost £15 (buy on EventBrite).