Matt Tanner For the Win

Our art director, Matt Tanner, won an award from Design Observer’s 50 Books/50 Covers contest for his work here at Fiction Advocate.


Among this year’s winners you may recognize, for example, Chip Kidd’s design for the new Haruki Murakami book at Random House. And right beside it, Matt Tanner’s design for an e-book by Michael Moats from Fiction Advocate. This is insane! It’s like Burundi showing up at the Olympics and walking away with gold.

We paid Matt $30 and a bottle of gin for this design. It looks like his fee just went up.

To see more of Matt’s award-winning design work, check out everything we’ve ever published, our logos and colophon, the header at the top of this page, the Critical Hit Awards, and Matt’s online portfolio.

Speaking of accolades for “The Real Holden Caulfield,” there’s been a good deal of praise for what’s inside the cover, too. The New Yorker, Readers Digest, Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, The Awl, The Rumpus, and Berfrois have lauded Michael Moats’s essay, which offers an insightful and comprehensive look at one of the most enduring characters in American literature.

Get your hands on the triumphant e-book here.

– Fiction Advocate


Filed under book design, Holden Caulfield, J. D. Salinger

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