The Story Behind Jonathan Franzen’s New Backlist Book Cover Redesigns

March 17, 2022

Alex Merto, Charlotte Strick, and Jonathan Franzen on a New Look for Old Books

Last year not only marked the twentieth publication anniversary of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, it also saw the release of his first novel in seven years, Crossroads. So it was only fitting that Picador would embark on a redesign of the author’s backlist.

We spoke with Alex Merto, the art director of Picador/FSG, as well as Charlotte Strick and Claire Williams Martinez—collectively, the design studio Strick&Williams—who designed the covers, and Jonathan Franzen himself, about creating a “branded look,” text versus art, and more.


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