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Top 30 Book Covers of 2017

by Brooke
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Food & Drink + YA Fiction / December 14, 2017


Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!


The Dark Dark
by Samantha Hunt
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
by Cherise Wolas
Flatiron Books


A Selfie as Big as the Ritz
by Lara Williams
Flatiron Books


Goodbye, Vitamin
by Rachel Khong
Henry Holt & Co


by Amelia Gray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by Liska Jacobs
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by Jonathan Eig
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


by Lijia Zhang
Henry Holt & Co


The Seventh Function of Language
by Laurent Binet
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Impossible Fairy Tale
by Han Yujoo
Graywolf Press


Weave a Circle Round
by Kari Maaren


by Katherine Faw
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by Brittany Newell
Henry Holt & Co


Smith & Daugters: A Cookbook (That Happens To Be Vegan)
by Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse
Hardie Grant


by Robin Sloan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


This Is How It Always Is
by Laurie Frankel
Flatiron Books


Abandon Me
by Melissa Febos


Grief Cottage
by Gail Godwin


Swimmer Among the Stars
by Kanishk Tharoor
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Eat Only When You're Hungry
by Lindsay Hunter
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by Gunnhild Oyehaug
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by Stephanie Garber
Flatiron Books


by Hasan Ali Toptas


The Answers
by Catherine Lacey
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Grip of It
by Jac Jemc
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Clairvoyants
by Karen Brown
Henry Holt & Co


by Ned Bell and Valerie Howes
Figure 1


The Bedlam Stacks
by Natasha Pulley


by Julie Buntin
Henry Holt & Co


The Great Forgetting
by James Renner


Top 30 Book Covers of 2016

by Brooke
Fiction + Food & Drink + Kids + Politics + YA Fiction / December 20, 2016


Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!


Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Hurt People
by Cote Smith
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Beautiful Bureaucrat
by Helen Phillps


Cannibals in Love
by Mike Roberts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Ramshackle Ode
by Keith Leonard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


The Imperial Wife
by Irina Reyn
St. Martin's Press


The Good Lieutenant
by Whitney Terrell
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders


Vinegar Socks
by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer
Hardie Grant


The Other Me
by Saskia Sarginson
Flatiron Books


The Guineveres
by Sarah Domet
Flatiron Books


Future Sex
by Emily Witt
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


American Philosophy
by John Kaag
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


We Gon' Be Alright
by Jeff Chang


If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
Flatiron Books


Change Your Mind
by Rod Judkins
Hardie Grant


Green Kitchen Smoothies
by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Hardie Grant


by Annie Morris and Johnny Shimmin
Hardie Grant


Children of the New World
by Alexander Weinstein


The 100 Year Miracle
by Ashley Ream
Flatiron Books


The Lonely City
by Olivia Laing


Mr. Splitfoot
by Samantha Hunt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet
by H.P. Wood


Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co


The Night Parade
by Kathryn Tanquary


The Moravian Night
by Peter Handke
Krishna Winston


Cabo de Gata
by Eugen Ruge


The Lost Time Accidents
by John Wray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


With Malice
by Eileen Cook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


A Wife of Noble Character
by Yvonne Georgina Puig
Henry Holt & Co


Our Top 30 Book Covers of 2015

by Brooke
Fiction + Food & Drink + History + Kids / December 10, 2015


Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!


The Girl With the Nine Wigs
by Sophie van der Stap
St. Martin's Press

The Man Who Couldn't Stop
by David Adam
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


A Manual for Cleaning Women
by Lucia Berlin
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


All That Followed
by Gabriel Urza
Henry Holt & Co


The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Withces of America
by Alex Mar
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by Michael W. Clune
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by Nikolaus Wachsmann
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Home Is Burning
by Dan Marshall
Flatiron Books


Jesus' Son
by Denis Johnson


Art and Fashion
by E.P. Cutler and Julien Tomasello
Chronicle Books


by H. S. Cross
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Cancer Ward
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Way Things Were
by Aatish Taseer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Find Me
by Laura van den Berg
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac
by Sharma Shields
Henry Holt & Co


by Catherynne M. Valente


A Poet of the Invisible World
by Michael Golding


Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
by Kimberly Karalius
Feiwel and Friends


A Darker Shade of Magic
by V. E. Schwab


Furiously Happy
by Jenny Lawson
Flatiron Books


The Big Green Tent
by Polly Gannon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Unfortunates
by Sophie McManus
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


One Thing Stolen
by Beth Kephart
Chronicle Books


The Big Trip
Lonely Planet


The Wake
by Paul Kingsnorth
Graywolf Press


Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co


One Thousand Things Worth Knowing
by Paul Muldoon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


by David W. Miles, illustrated by Natalie Hoopes


Tesla: a Portrait with Masks
Vladimir Pistalo
Graywolf Press


Making Local Architecture: Brian MacKay-Lyons Book Launch Tonight

by Dan
Architecture + News / January 15, 2015

Join Canadian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture at 7:00PM this evening for the launch of his new book Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community. Brian will be joined by architects Tom Fisher and Richard Kroeker for a panel discussion moderated by Christine Macy. A reception and book signing will follow. 

Making Local Architecture
Thursday, January 16
7:00PM (books for sale from 6:30PM)

Dalhousie University School of Architecture
5410 Spring Garden Road
Auditorium HA 19

The Secret Garden and the Joy of Colouring Books

by Chelsea
Art & Photography + Craft / February 21, 2014

There's something magical about Johanna Basford's Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book. The intricate black and white illustrations are gorgeous on their own, but the real beauty is in how everyone who colours in the pages will create something uniquely theirs. When I found out that my very crafty friend Stefanie received a copy for Christmas, I couldn't wait to see her progress through the pages.

Did you use colouring books as a kid? What's it like to come back to it now?

Yes! I was kind of a fanatic. My mom used to come home with stacks of them, mainly Barbie themed. I used to have coloring competitions with my next door neighbour, and I was pretty competitive about it. 

There was a definite sense of nostalgia coming back to a coloring book as an adult, but it's a obviously a little bit different. The pages are so well illustrated that I feel like I'm a part of creating something so beautiful, way beyond my own artistic capabilities. 

What kinds of drawing materials have you used (pencils, pens)? Which do you like best?

So far I've just used pencil crayons. I have a mismatched collection from several years ago, but they do the trick! My husband also gave me a small set of erasable pencil crayons that have been fun to use. One thing I haven't tried yet is coloured pens or markers. I think ink would work really well for some of the illustrations. 

What's your favourite part about filling in the pages?

I feel as though I am making these garden scenes really come to life. They are already so incredibly beautiful as black and white illustrations, but with a bit of colour, they turn into these lively scenes. There's also this scavenger hunt surprise factor to the book - I always end up finding little creatures within the lines of the trees and leaves. 

Do you have a colouring method, or is it random?

I don't have a specific colouring pattern, but I do like to have a plan of action before I start each page. I'll plan out all the colours I want to use before I get going. The illustrations are so detailed, sometimes beginning a page can be overwhelming. There are some really detailed pages I'll probably never touch. Working from the top to the bottom, or the bottom to top is also really fun. 

What do you get out of the experience, other than a pretty picture?

It's a nice way to relax and an easy way to feel creative without getting into a big project.

Petit Collage is coming to Raincoast!

by Danielle
Design & Typography + Environment + Gift & Stationery + Home & Garden / July 18, 2013


July 18, 2013

is now the exclusive Canadian distributor for Petit Collage, a leading lifestyle brand for modern families, based in San Francisco. Petit Collage encompasses over 200 eco-friendly products ranging from toys and games to wall décor and mobiles.

Petit Collage’s founder, Lorena Siminovich, is a noted designer, illustrator, author, and entrepreneur, who has been featured in Dwell magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Petit Collage products are sold in over 500 stores worldwide including Barneys NY, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn Kids, and select Canadian boutique baby stores.

“Lorena’s design sense is hugely appealing to Raincoast, and her commitment to quality, sustainability, and fair trading practices truly resonates. Petit Collage both complements our existing client base and provides us with ample opportunity to stretch ourselves in a changing
retail market,” says Paddy Laidley, Executive Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for Raincoast. “Petit Collage is a perfect fit for Canada and Raincoast is highly motivated to expand their presence here.”

"We are very excited to partner with Raincoast Books,” says Siminovich. “We have long admired the quality of their lines and the breadth of their coverage in Canada. With their amazing sales force, we look forward to being introduced to new stores we weren't able to reach ourselves, while providing our existing customers a much faster turnaround and better customer service."

Raincoast will showcase the Fall 13 Petit Collage collection at the Toronto Gift Show August 11- 14, 2013.

For more information please visit: www.petitcollage.com


About Petit Collage
Started in 2006, Petit Collage is all about good design. Artist and founder Lorena Siminovich approaches all she does including authoring and illustrating over 20 children’s books with this philosophy. With her team of designers, she creates modern wall décor and home accessories influenced by midcentury design. The studio, located in an artistic hub of San Francisco, is an incubator of new ideas, art, and illustration where creating great design and pushing the envelope on new formats is the norm. Playfulness imbues every format Petit Collage touches from mobiles and mirrors to dolls, decals and more. Striving to handcraft their goods in a sustainable way using the best-quality, most forest-friendly materials available is equally important.

Happy Birthday Saul Bass!

by Dan
Design & Typography / May 08, 2013

Saul Bass

I've talked about my love of Saul Bass here on the Raincoast blog before (more than once!), and so I was overjoyed to see today's Google Doodle which marks the legendary designer's 93rd birthday:  


The animated 'doodle' is based on Bass' film title credits, film posters and corporate logos. Bass passed away in 1996, but if you would like to see more of his work be sure to check out Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design, written by his daughter Jennifer Bass with design historian Pat Kirkham. Published in 2011, it was the first book to be published on Bass, one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, and it has more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before. It really is the definitive study of Bass's work.

Saul Bass

My Favourite Books of 2012, Alisha Whitley

by Alisha
December 12, 2012

Typography Sketchbooks 
Edited by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico

I have come to the realization that I am a full-fledged typography nerd. Seriously. My laptop’s font book is excessively large... and filled with typefaces that serve absolutely no purpose in an everyday context, but are just so pretty. This book has been one of my go-to ‘I feel like being creative on this lazy Sunday, but can’t actually illustrate fonts, so I’m going to admire them instead’ pieces since I received it as a birthday present this year (that lucky giver was subject to a great deal of squealing and jumping up and down – I seriously need to control myself when given made-for-me gifts). Safe to say, this is the perfect gift for anyone who creates typefaces, or simply adores them. 

Alisha Whitley, Marketing Coordinator 

Coast Modern Screening in Toronto and Vancouver

by Dan
June 11, 2012

I first wrote about Coast Modern way (way, way) back in July 2010. Now, FINALLY, the documentary about the west coast's unique modernist architecture is about to get some serious screen-time in Canada. Running from July 6th-12th, Coast Modern will be screening both at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto AND at Vancity in Vancouver for the week.

Entirely coincidently, Gibbs Smith will be publishing West Coast Modern by Zahid Sardar (with photographs by Matthew Millman) in September this year. The book showcases modern homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the west, including work by renowned architects and interior designers like Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton. 

Design Research

As happens we already have books on amazing work of contemporary architects Tom Kundig (two in fact) and Marmol Radziner, but if the retro mid-century modern style is more your thing, you might also want to get some design ideas from Atomic Ranch and Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors by Michelle Gringeri-Brown, or read  Design Research by Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange, which charts the history of the store that became synonymous with modern interior design in America.

...Then again, you might also want to look at It's Lonely in the Modern World just to remind yourself that people in glass houses aren't necessarily happy... wink

Job Posting: Marketing Manager at Raincoast Books

by Dan
Job Posting / March 19, 2012


Raincoast Books, based in Richmond, B.C., is seeking a marketing manager to start in April.  

Raincoast is the Canadian distributor for 25 English language publishers and we emphasize the role of new technology in our sales and marketing work. We are looking for a creative and organized professional with a wide range of marketing experience who has excellent communication and technical skills.  

Our marketing manager works with our graphic designer to develop channel marketing materials, and plans marketing campaigns in conjunction with our VP of Marketing, publicists, and senior sales people. The marketing manager also plays a key role in the development and maintenance of our proprietary digital catalogue application.

There will be some national and international travel involved and the possibility of managing staff.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • superior writing and copyediting skills
  • project management and scheduling experience
  • a basic proficiency in HTML
  • a minimum of three years of relevant media, marketing, publishing or senior book retailing experience

The following technical skills will be an asset:

  • inDesign and Photoshop experience
  • a familiarity with FTP clients
  • a familiarity with Filemaker Pro 11
  • an understanding of how  scripting languages  can improve workflow and create shortcuts

Candidates should send their résumé and cover letter by March 26 to:

Jamie Broadhurst
VP of Marketing
Raincoast Books

jamie [at] raincoast.com

We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls or agencies, please.

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