Bókakápa | Book cover for Rakel Helmsdal

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♦ Bókakápa: Samstarfskona mín í Færeyjum, Skrímsla-Rakel Helmsdal, er að senda frá sér nýja bók fyrir ungmenni á öllum aldri. Ég fékk það skemmtilega verkefni að gera kápu á bókina. Sagan segir frá stúlkunni Argantael og er að mörgu leyti bæði átaka- og áhrifamikil. Bókin heitir á frummálinu: „Hon, sum róði eftir ælaboganum eða „Hún, sem réri eftir regnboganum“. Rakel mun fagna útgáfunni á miðvikudaginn, 19. mars, í Gamla Bókhandil í Torshavn. Hér má lesa um bókina og viðtal við Rakel í Sandoyar Portalurin. 

Til hamingju með nýju bókina, Rakel!

♦ Book cover: My friend and co-author Rakel Helmsdal has a new book coming out. I had the honor to do the cover design. This is a young-adult fiction, a dramatic story of the girl Argantael, her troubles and emotional turmoil. The title in Faroese is: “Hon, sum róði eftir ælaboganum or: “She, who rowed towards the rainbow”.

See more: Rakel’s homepage and the publisher Bókadeildinand an interview with Rakel in Sandoyar Portalurin.

Congratulations on the new book, Rakel!

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Tímamótabækur í afmælisriti | Book design and printing

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♦ Grafísk hönnun. Mér áskotnaðist eintak af afmælisriti Odda sem gefið var út á síðasta ári í tilefni af 70 ára afmæli prentsmiðjunnar. Saga fyrirtæksins er rakin með því að velja og kynna eitt bókverk frá hverju ári, en auk þess eru í bókinni kaflar um grafíska hönnun, framfarir í prentun, starfrænu byltinguna o.fl. Árið 1999 er það Sagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason sem markar tímamótin. Þar segir m.a. frá því þegar drifið var í endurprentun í Odda í desember, en fyrst upplagið var prentað erlendis. Í textanum segir svo: „Áslaug Jónsdóttir teiknaði myndirnar í ævintýri Andra Snæs og á sinn þátt í velgengni verksins. Kápumynd hennar af hnettinum bláa og sólinni sem brosir við börnunum er einkar vel heppnuð.“ (Sótt fram í 70 ár Oddi 1943-2013, bls. 85).
Oddi70coverÞað er skemmtilegt að glugga í ritið, lesa 70 ára hönnunarsögu af bókakápum og rifja upp áhugaverða kafla í sögu grafískrar hönnunar á Íslandi í greinum eftir Guðmund Odd Magnússon og fleiri. Bókin er hönnuð af Halldóri Þorsteinssyni.

♦ Graphic design. Iceland’s largest printing company, Oddi, celebrated 70 years in business last year. An anniversary book was published, focusing on graphic design and book printing. For every year a successful book is represented as a milestone in the history of the company. The Story of the Blue Planet  by Andri Snær Magnason was chosen for the year 1999. The very first edition was printed abroad but Oddi did the reprinting already in December because of good sales and the nomination to the Icelandic Literary Prize, which Andri Snær Magnason later received for the book.
A review of the illustrations and the cover goes as follows: “Áslaug Jónsdóttir illustrated Magnason’s fable and contributed to the success of the book. The cover with the blue planet and the sun smiling towards the children is excellently carried out.”

This anniversary book of Oddi Printing gives an interesting overview of graphic design and book design in Iceland for 70 years. Texts by Goddur, Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon et al. Book design by Halldór Þorsteinsson.

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Þrjár kápur | Three covers

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BókaútgáfaSagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason heldur áfram að gera víðreist. Nú er hvað úr hverju von á bresku útgáfunni hjá Pushkin Press í London. Ég fékk eintakið mitt með póstinum í síðustu viku (til hægri). Bandaríska útgáfan (til vinstri) kom út í lok síðasta árs hjá  Seven Stories Press og hefur fengið fína dóma og viðurkenningar. Báðar þessar útgáfur eru í öðru broti en íslenska frumútgáfan og dökki geimurinn á kápunni fékk að fjúka. Kápu- og bókarhönnun var í höndum erlendu útgefendanna.

 Bókadómur. School Library Journal birti á dögunum bókadóm um Söguna af bláa hnettinum og hann má lesa hér fyrir neðan. Þar segir m.a.: „Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.“

Book release. The UK-version of The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason is soon to be released by Pushkin Press in London. I got my copy in the mail last week. The US-version (left) was published several months ago by Seven Stories Press and has received excellent reviews and honors. The two English versions have the original illustrations, but differ quite a bit from the original edition in layout. Cover and book design was made by the publishing houses.

♦ Book review. School Library Journal has published a review on The Story of the Blue Planet, stating: “Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.”

“Those who enjoyed Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (Dutton, 2010) may find Magnason’s cautionary ecological tale a perfect compliment. Like Gidwitz, Magnason does not shy away from graphic descriptions of danger and death. That being said, as in all good fables, he begins with once upon a time and readers learn of an innocuous-looking blue planet floating in space. It is inhabited solely by children, who live an idyllic, although somewhat savage life (they hunt for food, even clubbing seals). They are happy and this is most fully realized once a year when the butterflies of the Blue Mountains follow the sun across the sky, a beautiful and breathtaking sight. But as in all good tales and life itself, things are never static. Enter the villain, Mr. Goodday, who lands on the planet and is discovered by the protagonists, Brimir and Hulda. Mr. Goodday, over the course of a very short time, corrupts the children by giving them the power to fly and by introducing them to, among other things, the concept of sefishness. In the process the planet is corrupted as well, affecting the entire ecosystem. After a number of harrowing events, Mr. Goodday is outsmarted by Hulda, who offers to fulfill his greatest wish in return for restoring the children and planet to their former states. Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.” — Mary Beth Rassulo, Ridgefield Library, CT