We are very excited to announce that our cover for Intan Paramaditha’s Apple and Knife has been shortlisted in the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards!
The awards celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia, so we’re stoked they shortlisted Apple and Knife in the Alamy Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover category. It stands alongside a stunning a range of cover art, which you can check out on the full list.
Creating covers for our Brow Books titles has been a really fun business, and making one for the short story collection Apple and Knife was no exception. We even shared a bit about the gooey process behind the final cover here last year.
Credit goes to the cover’s creative directors and designers Brett Weekes and Rosetta Lake Mills, photographer Percy Caceres and hand model Annur Yusuf.
And, of course, Apple and Knife would not exist at all without Intan Paramaditha and the hard work of editor Elizabeth Bryer and translator Stephen J Epstein. Congratulations everyone.
This is the first time a Brow Books title has been shortlisted for a cover art award. What a year we’ve had so far!
Thank you all for reading (or for at least staring at our covers). We can’t wait to make many more jazzy, goopy, bright, slimy covers for you all.
Winners for the Australian Book Design Awards will be announced on 31st May. In the meantime, you can read more about Apple and Knife here.
INSPIRED BY HORROR FICTION, MYTHS AND FAIRY TALES, APPLE AND KNIFE IS AN UNSETTLING RIDE THAT SWERVES INTO THE SUPERNATURAL TO EXPLORE THE DANGERS AND POWER OF OCCUPYING A FEMALE BODY IN TODAY’S WORLD.
These short fictions set in the Indonesian everyday—in corporate boardrooms, in shanty towns, on dangdut stages—reveal a soupy otherworld stewing just beneath the surface. Sometimes wacky and always engrossing, this is subversive feminist horror at its best, where men and women alike are arbiters of fear, and where revenge is sometimes sweetest when delivered from the grave.
Mara finds herself brainstorming an ad campaign for Free Maxi Pads, with a little help from the menstruation-eating hag of her childhood. Jamal falls in love with the rich and powerful Bambang, but it is the era of the smiling general and, if he’s not careful, he may find himself recruited to Bambang’s brutal cause. Solihin would give anything to make dangdut singer Salimah his wife – anything at all.
In the globally-connected and fast-developing Indonesia of Apple and Knife, taboos, inversions, sex and death all come together in a heady, intoxicating mix full of pointed critiques and bloody mutilations. Women carve a place for themselves in this world, finding ways to subvert norms or enacting brutalities on themselves and each other.
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