Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

Wild Things
By Dave Eggers
McSweeney's $14.95

Monday, August 30, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

McSweeney's 35

It's McSweeney's Week according to me! This week will feature some of the great covers put out by the ultra-hip McSweeney's. This will serve as blurb for the week since I don't feel like repeating myself. The covers from McSweeney's are creative and artsy and they really stand out on the shelf. You know a McSweeney's book just by looking at it and I think that really says something about the design, I don't think there are any other publishers you could say that about.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

Johannes Cabal the Detective
By Jonathan L. Howard
Doubleday $25.95

I don't know much about this book but I stare at it every time I walk by it. There's a zeppelin, a red lightning bolt, a mysterious man with a top hat, and a giant red question mark, very intriguing. A blurb on the front flap reads, " Steampunk meets the classic Sherlockian mystery in this rip-roaring adventure in the sky, where anything could happen . . . and does.", oh yes, very intriguing indeed!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

Super Sad True Love Story
By Gary Shteyngart
Random House $26.00

Today's selection also happens to be the Best Weller's selection for August-September meaning we're offering it for 20% off during those months! Reminiscent of a Twister mat, I really like the circles and the repetition of words. But let's face it, I can't sell this book as well as this video can:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

Imperial Bedrooms
By Bret Easton Ellis
Knopf $24.95

I've in a way already warned you to the fact that I'm drawn to simple, iconic, imagery in a newsprint color scheme, so this cover should be no surprise. And who designed it? That's right, Chip Kidd. Man, that guy is too good, it's just not fair.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
By David Mitchell
Random House $26.00

Though this most likely wasn't done by hand, a computer is probably the culprit now-a-days, I love the hand-made feel of this design. Collage elements along with the typeface looking stamped and slightly not quite aligned properly, the colors pop and catch your eye. This is a fantastic cover.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

By Shuichi Yoshida
Pantheon $25.95

This cover was designed by my favorite cover designer, Chip Kidd. What you can't tell from this scan of the cover is that the skeleton gun (which is a fantastic image) is raised on the front cover. Needless to say, I want to be Chip Kidd when I grow up, he, in my opinion, is the best book cover designer out there today.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
By Stieg Larsson
Knopf $27.95

I love the sparing use of red on this silver, black, white, and gray palette, it's as if the red dots are drops of blood. As with the previous Book Cover of the Day, The Geometry of Pasta, simplicity is the key to this design and the key to why it catches my eye (not just because of its use of my favorite color combination).

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Book Cover of the Day

The Geometry of Pasta
By Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kenedy
Quirk Books $24.95

The elegance of this book is stunning. The design of the cover continues throughout the book making it the most beautiful cookbook I've seen. Each shape of pasta has a short history and a recipe all illustrated with these black iconic images.

Go ahead–judge a book by its cover.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Best Wellers Selection for August and September

Told with grand, drunken glee, wild comic strokes straight to the solar plexus, leaving the reader clutching the best and worst parts of childhood, Gary Shteyngart gives us Lenny Abramov; he gives us Eunice Park; he gives us a United States on the brink of foreclosure. The stage is set for an epic romance. Volleying narratives between Lenny’s diary and Eunice’s Global Teens Account (think Instantaneously Instant Messages with techie ornamentation). We learn about Lenny’s fears of dying young, or dying–period–with the opening sentence: “Today I have made a major decision: I am never going to die.” We learn of the open book character, Lenny, his super true love for Eunice, which may or may not be reciprocated. The book is an ode to family, familial obligation, and siblings. It is a lament on the current “values,” an audible scream that if you hold the book just right, you’ll be able to hear.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Way of Kings Pre-ordering Almost Over!

Sam Weller's Bookstore is still taking orders for signed and numbered copies of Brandon Sanderson's newest novel and the first book in a new series, The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive! We're offering it for $22.39 - 20% off the cover price of $27.99. We are shipping via United States Postal Service priority mail. Brandon will be coming to sign the books early, so that we can ship them to arrive on or shortly after the release date of August 31st. That means we can only take orders for signed and numbered copies until 6:00 PM MDT, on Friday, August 20th. Payment must be made with a credit card or PayPal when you order.

Call us at 1-800-333-7269 or (801)328-2586 or e-mail us at books@samwellers.com to order.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chelsea Handler In Store Appearance - Canceled!

August 4, 2010

Dear Sam Weller’s Bookstore customers and Chelsea Handler fans,

We regret to inform you that Chelsea Handler has canceled her appearance at Sam Weller’s Bookstore scheduled for August 6th at 5:00 PM. She will still be appearing at Abravanel Hall, and Sam Weller’s Bookstore will still be handling her book signing after her show.

Fear not! Books are still available for sale right now, but instead of coming to the store for the signing, you will now pick them up at Abravanel Hall to be signed there. Those who do not have tickets for the show will be given wristbands that get you in for the after-show signing at approximately 10:00 PM. If you are unable to come to the later signing, we will have Ms. Handler sign the books for you, and you may either pick them up at the store or have them shipped to you. If you have not already reserved your copy call 801-328-2586 to reserve now.

We regret to be the bearers of bad news.