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Adichie’s book covers have essentially been transformed into fashion accessories, and we are not complaining.

In Adichie’s world of bestselling novels and literary stardom, book covers are everything. You know you’re a literary celebrity when your book covers are routinely redesigned. But literary royalty is when your books are given themed designs that have been curated by a world-renowned cover artist. In the last two years, Adichie has had two themed redesigns.

Given Adichie’s star power, her publishers naturally always seek out the best designers for her books. From Abby Weintraub who did the original cover of Americanah to Joan Wong’s pastel-colored series re-design [read here if you missed it], Adichie has always had some of the world’s best cover designers create that signature cosmopolitan vibe we’ve come to associate with her work.

The most recent redesign is the work of Jo Walker—a well-known name in the book design world. She drapes Adichie’s four bestselling books in wax print or Ankara, as the fabric is known in Nigeria. Walker clearly nailed the design. No doubt about that.

The use of wax print obviously makes the cover designs chic and elegant. Given that Ankara print is a signature element of contemporary African fashion, it’s hard not to fantasize about what other ways we could make use of these books—a statement clutch, perhaps? Yeah, literary fashionistas in Adichie’s fandom, your dream has finally come true. 

One more reason to love these books that have become iconic in the global literary landscape. Scroll down to see all four designs.

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One Response to “Adichie’s Fans, Rejoice! |Her New Book Covers Are Wax Print Masterpieces” Subscribe

  1. Ijeoma 2016/07/29 at 5:31 pm #

    Totally stylish,and something the urban intellectual African millenial living in any of the cosmopolitan African cities can add their library to make it colorful and their reading lifestyle very fashionable.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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