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Young designers to work on Sag Harbor paperback

6th April 2010

Young illustrators are being offered the opportunity to design a new cover for Colson Whitehead's Sag Harbor.

Publisher Vintage has launched a competition with the University of Arts London to find a design student to create the front cover of a new paperback version of the book.

Rebecca Carter, Whitehead's UK editor, explained that the judging panel - which includes the author - is looking for a design which puts across the theme of teenage angst, as well as hinting at the humour contained in the novel.

'Sag Harbor is a timeless novel about teenhood that belongs with classics such as J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye,' she added.

Ms Carter also claimed that it is time the author became popular in the UK, after achieving success in the US when president Barack Obama revealed he is a fan of Whitehead's 2001 novel John Henry Days.

Last month, Sag Harbor was named as one of the runners-up in the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, being pipped to the post by Sherman Alexie's short story collection War Dances.

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