Last November, we hosted the loveliest team of women from Penguin Random House at our offices here in the West Village. We were beyond flattered to hear that our new friends from PRH were giant fans. The feeling is mutual (I mean, who doesn't love book publishers?! People who help make and market books are not only some of the smartest people on earth, they are kind and fun and really doing us all a huge service). Sidenote: It truly blows my mind how many incredible people we've gotten to connect with since the start of our little company – something I never expected to happen and something that has been deeply fulfilling!
Anyway, we meet and basically go over who they work with to start brainstorming ways we could collaborate. Many exciting ideas later, and near the end of our meeting, they mention "Oh yeah, we have Margaret Atwood's new book – the follow up to The Handmaid's Tale coming out next fall." Full stop. I am an H-U-G-E Atwood fan. And, as a giant fangirl of both the book and the TV adaptation, I wasn't going to be able to let this sit. "Well omg, it would be an absolute dream to come up with a way to work with you on that!" I said enthusiastically. "Ya, no duh!" They were probably thinking. They played it cool and suggested we let them know if we came up with any exciting ideas.
The Making of The Testaments
Thanks to the patience of our embroidery team, led by Anahi (pictured below), we finally figured out a system (each hole was pre-poked by hand before the actual stitching happened) to get these book jackets perfect and ready to be bound! In the end, five embroiderers, Anahi, Shevawn, Catherine, DeeDee, and Nina worked diligently to create each of these one-of-a-kind covers.
Anahi hard at work (L), a stack of book jackets ready to be bound (R)
Meeting Mrs. Atwood
Margaret Atwood signing books while we watch (L), the collection, shot and styled by MA herself (R)
Kate and I loading the signed books up to take back to our offices. Everyone said we look silly and not to include this photo but we were so happy I'll never forget this moment and so I'm overriding the fools!
Books signed and ready to send to you!
A special copy for us to keep! She can draw too!