Graphic Design Students Win 6th Annual Banned Books Cover Design Competition


A juried selection of graphic design students’ cover designs for books once banned from the public is on display in the Mary Couts Burnett Library from September 24 to 30, which happens to be Banned Books Week.

Ten entries were selected for display, from submissions by TCU graphic design students. The competition was adjudicated by Shelda Dean, Marketing & Communications, TCU Libraries.

Winners of the 6th Annual Banned Books Cover Design Competition.


  • First place was awarded to Justine Rendl (blue ribbon) for Go Tell it on The Mountain by James Baldwin.
  • Second place went to Emily Hathaway (red ribbon) for Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow.
  • Third place went to Britta Wichary (yellow ribbon) for Ulysses by James Joyce.

Winning book jacket designs.


The book jackets designs were created as an assignment in ARGD 20333 Typography II. Students are presented with a list of books that at one point or another in history were banned from the public. Other titles represented in the exhibition include: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis; Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein; Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson; Deliverance by James Dickey; Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark; and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.

Banned Books Week is a national, annual event celebrating our freedom to read. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, scholars, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.