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Let’s Talk About… Book Covers

It’s difficult to capture the essence of a book in a small rectangle and designers are required to marry artistic skill and marketing expertise in creating covers. This is a process that’s often emotional and opaque for writers; in this session, Pooja Desai and W.H. Chong will share everything that’s involved in creating some of this country’s most iconic covers and answer some of the questions about design that mystify many writers.


  • When: Tuesday 16 April, 6:30–8pm
  • Where: Online
  • With: Pooja Desai and W.H. Chong

About the Tutors

Photos of Pooja Desai and W.H. Chong
Photos of Pooja Desai and W.H. Chong.

Pooja Desai is the Art Director at Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing where she also publishes books into a ground-breaking list, Bright Light. Pooja is an award-winning designer and the recipient of the 2021 ABIA Rising Star award in recognition of her achievements within the publishing industry. A past secretary of ABDA, Pooja has also promoted book design through speaking events at Geelong Design Week, Editors Victoria, and the Independent Publishing Conference. She hates peas and loves collecting vases. 

W. H Chong is an artist and book designer. He is the design director at Text Publishing and an inductee in the Australian Book Designers Hall of Fame. His 2023 book Portraits comprises three hundred of his portraits of artists, writers and musicians

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