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Gigi Lau

Art Director

Tundra Book Group, Penguin Random House

Gigi is an art director with over 16 years of publishing and design experience. For the past 10 years she was Art Director at Harlequin Trade Publishing, a division of HarperCollins Canada. Books that she designed and art directed have hit The New York Times bestseller list and been recognized with national and international awards. Starting in September she will be the Art Director at Tundra Book Group, Penguin Random House Canada. She is excited to focus on kids books, committed to seeking out diverse talent and very passionate about visual storytelling.

Gigi is an active member of the R.G.D. — the Association of Registered Graphic Designers, Canada’s largest professional association for graphic design professionals — since 2009 and part of the Certification Portfolio Evaluation committee. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids, loves to indoor rock climb and picked up cycling over the pandemic as a mental health escape.

Session

Let’s judge a book by its cover: A panel about book cover design

September 15, 2022

A long, long time ago, we can still remember … when the Canadian Book Professionals’ Association (CanBPA) held raucous events at pubs celebrating the hits and misses of the year in book covers! We thought, why not bring the band back together? Join the best and brightest cover designers working today, Gigi Lau (superb cover designer for Harlequin Trade and now Art Director for Tundra Book Group (PRH)), Natalie Olsen (freelancer extraordinaire and co-founder of Hingston & Olsen Publishing, makers of the Short Story Advent Calendar), Ingrid Paulson (indie press champion and proprietress of Gladstone Press), and Jazmin Welch (in-house Production Manager at Arsenal Pulp Press and director of her own fleck creative studio), plus panel moderator Steven Beattie of That Shakespearean Rag, as they debate what makes good design shine, revisit their best-of lists, and consider the covers that could have been. Spicing up the panel will be lifelong bookseller Nathan Maharaj, lending his take as a scholar and gentleman on CanBPA panels of yore.

Now with 100% less open bar and 100% more Zoom! Gather round your desk, brighten your screen, and raise a glass of your choice to the accomplishments of the designers of the covers you know and love!

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