The cover of Kumakana has no title on the front.
The cover features an abstracted illustration of the opening in a giant tingle tree in the Kumakana forest. The image extends and wraps around the book, and the title appears only on the spine.
One of the main characteristics of Kumakana is its mystery and the designers felt that this mystery should be established as soon as possible. One way of doing this, according to designer Judith Price, is to leave the title details off the cover and let the image establish the mood of the work.
The tingle tree is the central symbolic figure of Kumakana. It acts as sentinel and portal, as a symbol of safety and strength, of community and comfort. It is one of the world’s largest and most remarkable trees, yet is largely unknown beyond its habitat, the area known as The Valley of the Giants. In terms of size and character, it rivals the Californian redwood and the Victorian mountain ash. It’s only right that it should represent the book on its own.
About the book
Kumakana: A Gronups Tale
Casebound hardback edition, printed on quality creme stock
390 pages, 216mm x 140mm (8.5 in x 5.5 in) with a 25mm (1 in) spine
Australian retail price $49.95.
Launch February 2017.
Pre-launch sales at Crotchet Quaver
Kumakana will be launched in Febrary 2017 by Crotchet Quaver