<a href="”><img class="blogimg" src="http://www.michaeldietsch.com/images/misc/book_zero_image.jpg" alt=", by ” border=”0″ align=”right”>Vertical is a New York publisher specializing in English-language translations of Japanese fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. Popular designer Chip Kidd does Verticals covers and packaging, providing a visual style that matches Vertical’s fresh literary style. (Posman Books in Grand Central currently has up a lovely window display of Vertical’s titles, and the designs are really fetching.)
Among Vertical’s recent releases is Zero over Berlin, a WWII-era novel that explores Hitler’s lust for the Zero warplanes flown by Japanese pilots. Hitler wants a prototype, and the novel centers on two pilots who have to deliver a plane to Germany without being spotted by Allied air forces. The premise sounds intriguing, and as you can see, the cover is lovely.