Family friends in Edinburgh introduced me to Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles,” and while browsing through the book (on paper, for a change), I came across her concluding text on the book’s font, “A note on the type”: “The text of this book is set in Baskerville, and is named after John Baskerville of [...]
Madeline Miller, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) for her novel The Song of Achilles, will be releasing an e-book original short story on Aug. 13 with HarperCollins titled Galatea, priced at $2.99.
Greek myths have a universal appeal: we half-remember them, and want to hear them again (though it can't have hurt to have a classicist on the Orange prize judging panel). The past few years have been rich in new riffs on Homer, not least Zachary Mason's daring, experimental Lost Books of the Odyssey, Dan Simmons's science-fiction epics, in which the Iliad is replayed on 30th-century Mars, and Alice Oswald's pared-down poem Memorial, which counts the human cost of the Trojan war through the stories of those who fell.
In her polished debut novel The Song of Achilles,
Even as more readers switch to the convenience of e-books, publishers are giving old-fashioned print books a makeover. Publishers are putting more thought into books' aesthetics. Many new releases have design elements usually reserved for special occasions deckle edges, colored endpapers, high-quality paper and exquisite jackets that push the creative boundaries of bookmaking. If e-books are about ease and expedience, the publishers reason, then print books need to be about physical beauty and the pleasures of owning, not just reading. When people do beautiful books, theyre noticed more, said Robert S. Miller, the publisher of Workman Publishing. Its like