Giller Power Panel: Judging a Book by its Cover

January 13, 2023

Giller Power Panel: Judging a Book by its Cover

Last week we announced the 2023 Giller Book Club schedule. Today, we are thrilled to share that the Giller Power Panels will be reprised. These special events will take place monthly from January – June 2023.

The first power panel of 2023 is entitled Judging a Book by its Cover and will feature the artists behind the covers of the 2022 shortlisted books. The conversation will be moderated by Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Giller Foundation.

The panel will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, January 31, at 7 p.m. ET. Details and registration can be found on our website.

The Giller Power Panels pull together creatives with a moderator each month to discuss the intersection of literature and a wide range of topics including the most pressing issues of our time.

About the panelists:

Kimberly Glyder

Kimberly Glyder’s studio specializes in book design, illustration and lettering. Her work has been featured in the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers show, the Type Director’s Club Annual Exhibition, Print magazine, American Illustration, the American University Presses Book Jacket and Journal Show, and the New York Book Show. Kimberly is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jennifer Griffiths

Jennifer Griffiths is a senior book designer at Penguin Random House Canada. When not designing she enjoys sewing, film photography and spending time in nature. She lives with her son and husband in Vancouver, BC.⁠

Lisa Jager is an experienced art director and designer at Penguin Random House. She takes pride in providing clever cover design for many authors of fiction, non-fiction, lifestyle and young adult books. Most recently, Lisa designed Stray Dogs by Rawi Hage and his 2019 Giller-nominated Beirut Hellfire Society. Lisa lives and breathes the use of type and imagery in a creative way and when not doing that, she is nurturing her family or playing hockey.

Ingrid Paulson

Ingrid Paulson started out as an in-house book designer and then art director, and in 2003 she branched out with her own studio specializing in fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated art book design for a range of trade publishers and cultural institutions. She has received awards from both the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers and the Alcuin Society, and her work has been cited in numerous books and periodicals. She lives in Toronto.

Crystal Sikma

Crystal Sikma is the managing editor at Coach House Books, where she is responsible for turning manuscripts into the books you can hold in your hands or read on a screen. Her job involves editorial, production, and the design of covers and interior layouts. Previously, she worked at Bellevue Literary Press and Writers House Literary Agency in New York. Alongside author Matthew James Weigel, she received first prize in the poetry category of the 2020/21 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design. She was the acquiring editor for Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu, which was shortlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Please continue to visit our website for information on upcoming Giller Power Panels.