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FABER AND FABER- 90 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN COVER DESIGN Tony Faber Wednesday 08 January 2020

FABER AND FABER- 90 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN COVER DESIGN

Faber and Faber is the last of the great publishing houses to remain independent. As the grandson of its founder, Toby Faber grew up steeped in its books. He was managing director for four years and remains on the board. This lecture traces its history through its illustrations, covers and designs. It will feature artists from Rex Whistler and Barnett Freedman to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst and design concepts from the typographical excellence pioneered by Berthold Wolpe to the various ‘grids’ used by the agency Pentagram.

Slides will range from book covers and photos of key individuals to illustrations of the concepts behind the designs. The talk will also be peppered with personal insight and anecdote, whether it is Lord of the Flies being rescued off the slush pile, or the decision made while he was Managing Director to turn down Life of Pi.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 Toby Faber has written two works of narrative history, Stradivarius and Fabergé's Eggs, published by Macmillan in the UK and Random House in the US, and given lectures associated with these two subjects at venues including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Library of Congress and the Huntington Library, as well as a number of literary festivals. His career began with Natural Sciences at Cambridge and has been through investment banking, management consulting and five years as managing director of the publishing company founded by his grandfather, Faber and Faber, where he remains on the board. He is also non-executive Chairman of its sister company, Faber Music and a director of Liverpool University Press and the Copyright Licensing Agency.