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Literary Hub senior editor Emily Temple asked 20 book designers to name the best book covers of 2017, and out of the 64 covers listed, two are by African writers: Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses and the  US edition of Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay with Me. Both, remarkably, were chosen by the same designer: Allison Saltzman. Here is how she introduced them, alongside other covers that she chose.

I am so exhausted by this year’s political shit-show that I have nothing deep and eloquent to say on the state of cover design. These five covers are just so great looking that they make me smile, and they also tell you a lot about what kind of read lies within. That’s all I require.

What do you think?

Check out the full list HERE.

About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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