Remember the book about Frida Kahlo that Lisa Congdon and I collaborated on the cover for? Well, The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo was finally released for sale on Tuesday! Woo-hoo! I know this is a little bit goofy because I never do giveaways on my blog (I kind of feel like I’m masquerading as a “real blogger” right now), but I got an extra sample copy the other day and I figure giving it away is more fun than just sticking it on a shelf in my office.
I’m so happy with how the printed books turned out! No matter how many covers I’ve designed over the years, it never stops being exciting to see the finished product in three (tangible!) dimensions. I haven’t actually read the book yet because it hadn’t been translated into English yet when the project was given to me, but I’m looking forward to bringing it along with me to London next week for airplane reading.
From the book description:
When several notebooks were recently discovered among Frida Kahlo’s belongings at her home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican novelist F. G. Haghenbeck was inspired to write this beautifully wrought fictional account of her life. Haghenbeck imagines that, after Frida nearly died when a streetcar’s iron handrail pierced her abdomen during a traffic accident, she received one of the notebooks as a gift from her lover Tina Modotti. Frida called the notebook “The Hierba Santa Book” (The Sacred Herbs Book) and filled it with memories, ideas, and recipes.
Haghenbeck takes readers on a magical ride through Frida’s passionate life: her long and tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, the development of her art, her complex personality, her hunger for experience, and her ardent feminism. This stunning narrative also details her remarkable relationships with Georgia O’Keeffe, Leon Trotsky, Nelson Rockefeller, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Henry Miller, and Salvador Dalí. Combining rich, luscious prose with recipes from “The Hierba Santa Book,” Haghenbeck tells the extraordinary story of a woman whose life was as stunning a creation as her art.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Leave a comment here for one entry.
2. “Like” both Door Sixteen AND Lisa Congdon on Facebook for an extra entry. Make sure you let me know that you liked us both in the comments here so your entry counts. (It’s OK if you already liked us before, of course!)
This contest is now CLOSED. I’ll draw a winner at random when I return from London in a few days!
(Shipping is included for US residents. International entries are welcome, but the winner will be responsible for any shipping costs.)
Entries will be accepted until Friday, October 5th at 10PM EST. I’ll draw a winner at random and announce the winner when I return from London the following week!