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Robin Locke Monda

Robin Locke Monda - Designer

New York, United States

Former Senior Designer, Penguin USA. Literary fiction, non fiction, memoirs, bios, spirituality, poetry, women, ethnic, LGBTQ, history.

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I am a senior-level book cover designer who has worked with most of the top American book publishing houses over the years. I also work with independent authors, poets and artists who wish to publish their own books, catalogs, and monographs. Most of the covers shown here were done for the major publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster, Warner Books, Penguin, Random House and W.W. Norton. There are also several book covers by independently-published authors.

I enjoy working on Adult Trade books, both fiction and non-fiction. I've done covers for Fay Weldon, Joyce Carol Oates, Pauline Kael, Garry Wills, Leslie Marmon Silko, David B. Feinberg, Lillian Faderman, and Ishmael Reed.

My favorite book projects are literary novels, followed closely by journalistic works, historical fiction and nonfiction, autobiographies and biographies, poetry, LGBTQ topics and authors, Native American literature, African-American literature, and books with a Feminist or socially conscious bent. I’m equally engaged by books written for literary, academic and popular audiences.

My background as a fine artist and writer informs my design work. I especially love photography, art history, children's book illustrations, calligraphy and poetry.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
African American fiction Cultural & Ethnic Themes LGBTQ Literature Poetry Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Politics & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality

Certifications

  • Brooklyn College, BA in Fine Art
  • Hunter College, MFA in Integrated Media Arts
  • Noble Desktop

Awards

  • 1997 Audie Award for Package Design

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
January, 1996 – Present (almost 22 years)

I create cover designs for the serious author—you! Each project is as unique as the person who wrote the book. I know the level of competition you face as you cultivate and grow your audience. My designs bring positive attention to your project, whether it's displayed on line or in a brick-and-mortar book store. I look forward to working on a project for you!

Senior Designer

PenguinUSA
April, 1990 – December, 1995 (over 5 years)

I designed both hard cover jackets and paperback book covers in the Adult Trade art department at PenguinUSA. I designed covers for the Viking, Dutton, Penguin and Plume lists. My experience there included supervising independent contractors on book cover projects, including the hiring of other designers, as well as photographers, illustrators, and photo researchers. I often negotiated image fees and publication rights with either stock image houses, or directly with illustrators, artists, and photographers.

Portfolio (31 selected works)

Children of God

Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell's debut novel, The Sparrow, took us on a journey to a distant planet and into the center of the human soul. A critically acclaimed bestseller, The Sparrow was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of the Year, a finalist for the Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction Prize and the winner of the James M. Tiptree Memorial Award. Now, in Children of God, Russel... read more

Mary Doria Russell's debut novel, The Sparrow, took us on a journey to a distant planet and into the center of the human soul. A critically acclaimed bestseller, The Sparrow was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of the Year, a finalist for the Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction Prize and the winner of the James M. Tiptree Memorial Award. Now, in Children of God, Russel... read more

Why I Am a Catholic

Garry Wills

In this provocative work, which could not be timelier, Garry Wills, one of our country's most noted writers and historians, offers a powerful statement of his Catholic faith. Beginning with a reflection on his early experience of that faith as a child and later as a Jesuit seminarian, Wills reveals the importance of Catholicism in his own life. He goes on to challenge, in clear and forceful te... read more

In this provocative work, which could not be timelier, Garry Wills, one of our country's most noted writers and historians, offers a powerful statement of his Catholic faith. Beginning with a reflection on his early experience of that faith as a child and later as a Jesuit seminarian, Wills reveals the importance of Catholicism in his own life. He goes on to challenge, in clear and forceful te... read more

Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit

Leslie Marmon Silko

Bold and impassioned, sharp and defiant, Leslie Marmon Silko's essays evoke the spirit and voice of Native Americans. Whether she is exploring the vital importance literature and language play in Native American heritage, illuminating the inseparability of the land and the Native American people, enlivening the ways and wisdom of the old-time people, or exploding in outrage over the government... read more

Bold and impassioned, sharp and defiant, Leslie Marmon Silko's essays evoke the spirit and voice of Native Americans. Whether she is exploring the vital importance literature and language play in Native American heritage, illuminating the inseparability of the land and the Native American people, enlivening the ways and wisdom of the old-time people, or exploding in outrage over the government... read more

The Holocaust on Trial

D. D. Guttenplan

The account of a trial in which the very meaning of the Holocaust was put on the stand. D. D. Guttenplan's The Holocaust on Trial is a bristling courtroom drama where the meaning of history is questioned. The plaintiff is British author David Irving, one of the world's preeminent military historians whose works are considered essential World War II scholarship and whose biographies of leading ... read more

The account of a trial in which the very meaning of the Holocaust was put on the stand. D. D. Guttenplan's The Holocaust on Trial is a bristling courtroom drama where the meaning of history is questioned. The plaintiff is British author David Irving, one of the world's preeminent military historians whose works are considered essential World War II scholarship and whose biographies of leading ... read more

What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us

Danielle Crittenden

Talk to women under forty today, and you will hear that in spite of the fact that they have achieved goals previous generations of women could only dream of, they nonetheless feel more confused and insecure than ever. What has gone wrong? What can be done to set it right?These are the questions Danielle Crittenden answers in What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us. She examines the foremost issues in ... read more

Talk to women under forty today, and you will hear that in spite of the fact that they have achieved goals previous generations of women could only dream of, they nonetheless feel more confused and insecure than ever. What has gone wrong? What can be done to set it right?These are the questions Danielle Crittenden answers in What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us. She examines the foremost issues in ... read more

Out For Good

Dudley Clendinen, Adam Nagourney

With a New Preface Written in 2016 by Adam NagourneyThis is the definitive account of the last great struggle for equal rights in the twentieth century. From the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969, at the Stonewall riots in New York, through 1988, when the gay rights movement was eclipsed by the more urgent demands of AIDS activists, this is the remarkable and until now untold sto... read more

With a New Preface Written in 2016 by Adam NagourneyThis is the definitive account of the last great struggle for equal rights in the twentieth century. From the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969, at the Stonewall riots in New York, through 1988, when the gay rights movement was eclipsed by the more urgent demands of AIDS activists, this is the remarkable and until now untold sto... read more

Vignettes: Chapters From a Life

Vivian Cherry

VIGNETTES is a collection of chapters from the life of Vivian Cherry who integrates two art forms - memoir and photography. Ms. Cherry is a quintessential New Yorker born of immigrant parents. At the age of 5 she started dancing school. Then in the late 1930’s as a young classically trained dancer, wanting independence, wandered off to Coney Island, a Brooklyn neighborhood that was truly the p... read more

VIGNETTES is a collection of chapters from the life of Vivian Cherry who integrates two art forms - memoir and photography. Ms. Cherry is a quintessential New Yorker born of immigrant parents. At the age of 5 she started dancing school. Then in the late 1930’s as a young classically trained dancer, wanting independence, wandered off to Coney Island, a Brooklyn neighborhood that was truly the p... read more

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

William Strickland, Malcolm X Documentary Prod.

draws on hundreds of sources to explore Malcolm X's multi-faceted character through rare photographs, personal memories, and an historical text. TV tie-in. 35,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.

draws on hundreds of sources to explore Malcolm X's multi-faceted character through rare photographs, personal memories, and an historical text. TV tie-in. 35,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.

Black Resistance/White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America by Mary Frances Berry (1994-02-28)

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Will You Always Love Me?: And Other Stories

Joyce Carol Oates

As one woman continues to feel the rage over the murder of her sister two years ago, another becomes her son's accomplice in a devious plot, in a powerful collection of short stories. Reprint. NYT.

As one woman continues to feel the rage over the murder of her sister two years ago, another becomes her son's accomplice in a devious plot, in a powerful collection of short stories. Reprint. NYT.

Winterkill: A Novel

Craig Lesley

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award From the two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award: a deeply moving and evocative novel of fathers and sons. Danny Kachiah is a Native American fighting not to become a casualty. His father, Red Shirt, is dead; his wife, Loxie, has left him, and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging. But when Lox... read more

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award From the two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award: a deeply moving and evocative novel of fathers and sons. Danny Kachiah is a Native American fighting not to become a casualty. His father, Red Shirt, is dead; his wife, Loxie, has left him, and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging. But when Lox... read more

Stonewall

Martin Bauml Duberman

"As scholars we should read Stonewall, and as teachers we should assign it. All of us will be challenged to build on it."—Michael Sherry, Northwestern Univ. "Both a fascinating account of the birth of gay liberation and a replay of the turbulent, society-changing 60s."—San Francisco Chronicle.

"As scholars we should read Stonewall, and as teachers we should assign it. All of us will be challenged to build on it."—Michael Sherry, Northwestern Univ. "Both a fascinating account of the birth of gay liberation and a replay of the turbulent, society-changing 60s."—San Francisco Chronicle.

Dreamers of the Day

Mary Doria Russell

“I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling, even to me. Nevertheless, I am sure of this much: My little story has become your history. You won’t really understand your times until you understand mine.”So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin, the charmingly diffident narrator of Mary Doria Russell’s compelling new novel, Dreamers of the Day. And what... read more

“I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling, even to me. Nevertheless, I am sure of this much: My little story has become your history. You won’t really understand your times until you understand mine.”So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin, the charmingly diffident narrator of Mary Doria Russell’s compelling new novel, Dreamers of the Day. And what... read more

A Thread of Grace

Mary Doria Russell

Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be s... read more

Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be s... read more

Rising Tide

John M. Barry

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thous... read more

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thous... read more

Ghost Dancing

Anna Linzer

A linked collection of Native American-themed stories, set in the Pacific Northwest and Oklahoma, by a gifted new authorStory by graceful story, Ghost Dancing reveals the evolving worlds of Jimmy One Rock, his wife Mary, and their family as they struggle together on a decaying reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Alternating between Washington state and Jimmy's childhood on an Oklahoma reserv... read more

A linked collection of Native American-themed stories, set in the Pacific Northwest and Oklahoma, by a gifted new authorStory by graceful story, Ghost Dancing reveals the evolving worlds of Jimmy One Rock, his wife Mary, and their family as they struggle together on a decaying reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Alternating between Washington state and Jimmy's childhood on an Oklahoma reserv... read more

The Erotic Edge

Lonnie Barbach

In this long-awaited, graphically intense exploration of seduction, romance, and erotic fantasy, no taboos are put on shared pleasure or the imagination of desire. Lonnie Barbach, a highly regarded professional in the field of sexuality and relationships, has collected 22 erotic and arousing stories written by both men and women. In her commentaries, Barbach examines the strong connection betw... read more

In this long-awaited, graphically intense exploration of seduction, romance, and erotic fantasy, no taboos are put on shared pleasure or the imagination of desire. Lonnie Barbach, a highly regarded professional in the field of sexuality and relationships, has collected 22 erotic and arousing stories written by both men and women. In her commentaries, Barbach examines the strong connection betw... read more

Naked in the Promised Land

Lillian Faderman

Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman was the only child of an uneducated and unmarried immigrant Jewish woman. Her mother, whose family perished in the Holocaust, was racked by guilt at having come to America and left them behind; she suffered recurrent psychotic episodes. Her only escape from the brutal labor of her sweatshop job was her fiercely loved daughter, Lilly, whose poignant dream througho... read more

Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman was the only child of an uneducated and unmarried immigrant Jewish woman. Her mother, whose family perished in the Holocaust, was racked by guilt at having come to America and left them behind; she suffered recurrent psychotic episodes. Her only escape from the brutal labor of her sweatshop job was her fiercely loved daughter, Lilly, whose poignant dream througho... read more

Queer and Loathing

David B. Feinberg

“The ultimate gadlfly of the epidemic . . . here’s one book that truly deserves a place in a time capsule.”—Armistead Maupin "This is as close to the truth as I can get," writes David Feinberg in what he calls his "personal Portrait of the Artist as a Young Diseased Jew Fag Pariah"—a collection of autobiographical essays, gonzo journalism, and demented Feinbergian lists about AIDS activism and... read more

“The ultimate gadlfly of the epidemic . . . here’s one book that truly deserves a place in a time capsule.”—Armistead Maupin "This is as close to the truth as I can get," writes David Feinberg in what he calls his "personal Portrait of the Artist as a Young Diseased Jew Fag Pariah"—a collection of autobiographical essays, gonzo journalism, and demented Feinbergian lists about AIDS activism and... read more

The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver

Claire Martin

Finally! Answers to your most urgent questions in an easy-to-use format! Based on questions posed by thousands of real mothers, this A-to-Z guide has a practical, realistic view of how nursing fits into a modern woman's life. First-time mothers and breastfeeding veterans will find answers to more than 300 questions -- from the most common to the most particular. How to know the effect of what ... read more

Finally! Answers to your most urgent questions in an easy-to-use format! Based on questions posed by thousands of real mothers, this A-to-Z guide has a practical, realistic view of how nursing fits into a modern woman's life. First-time mothers and breastfeeding veterans will find answers to more than 300 questions -- from the most common to the most particular. How to know the effect of what ... read more

Life's Greatest Lessons

Hal Urban

With more than a quarter million copies sold, award-winning teacher Hal Urban outlines twenty lessons that answer timeless questions about how to make the most of your life.Life’s Greatest Lessons is a wise, wonderful book. In it, Hal Urban, a parent and an award-winning teacher, presents twenty principles that are as deeply rooted in common sense as they are in compassion. The topics, gathere... read more

With more than a quarter million copies sold, award-winning teacher Hal Urban outlines twenty lessons that answer timeless questions about how to make the most of your life.Life’s Greatest Lessons is a wise, wonderful book. In it, Hal Urban, a parent and an award-winning teacher, presents twenty principles that are as deeply rooted in common sense as they are in compassion. The topics, gathere... read more

In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 (Valley of the Shadow Project)

Edward L. Ayers

Many histories of the American Civil War tell of the triumph of the dynamic, free-labour North over the traditional, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom principles built on the nation's foundations. Edward L. Ayers tells a different story of the war on an intimate scale. He charts the descent into war in the Great Valleyt spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia. Connected by strong ties of e... read more

Many histories of the American Civil War tell of the triumph of the dynamic, free-labour North over the traditional, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom principles built on the nation's foundations. Edward L. Ayers tells a different story of the war on an intimate scale. He charts the descent into war in the Great Valleyt spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia. Connected by strong ties of e... read more

The Book of Esther

Edith Chevat

The Book of Esther,which takes its title from the Biblical book by the same name, explores the life of Esther Auerbach. Divorced, children grown, she decides she needs to send for her FBI file before she can move on. As she reads about her life as seen through the eyes of strangers, she remembers her life as she knew it. As she wonders if she was a good mother, a devoted wife and a loyal frien... read more

The Book of Esther,which takes its title from the Biblical book by the same name, explores the life of Esther Auerbach. Divorced, children grown, she decides she needs to send for her FBI file before she can move on. As she reads about her life as seen through the eyes of strangers, she remembers her life as she knew it. As she wonders if she was a good mother, a devoted wife and a loyal frien... read more

Bitter Grounds: A Novel

Sandra Benitez

Winner of the 1998 American Book AwardSpanning the years between 1932 and 1977, this beautifully told epic is set in the heart of El Salvador, where coffee plantations are the center of life for rich and poor alike. Following three generations of the Prieto Clan and the wealthy family they work for, this is the story of mothers and daughters who live, love, and die for their passions.

Winner of the 1998 American Book AwardSpanning the years between 1932 and 1977, this beautifully told epic is set in the heart of El Salvador, where coffee plantations are the center of life for rich and poor alike. Following three generations of the Prieto Clan and the wealthy family they work for, this is the story of mothers and daughters who live, love, and die for their passions.

Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian and Bisexual Literature from the 17th Century to the Present

This is a literary anthology with each piece set in an historical and literary context that seeks to redefine four centuries of lesbian writing. From the verse of Sappho in 600BC to Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness" published in 1928, there is little women's writing that is recognised as "lesbian". A review of the shifting concept of "lesbian literature" is offered, followed by example... read more

This is a literary anthology with each piece set in an historical and literary context that seeks to redefine four centuries of lesbian writing. From the verse of Sappho in 600BC to Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness" published in 1928, there is little women's writing that is recognised as "lesbian". A review of the shifting concept of "lesbian literature" is offered, followed by example... read more

The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories

In this wide-ranging anthology, 32 women from Britain, continental Europe and the Americas express the depth and complexity of lesbian literature. Including stories about coming-out and cross-dressing, as well as vampire tales, science fiction, parody, and romance, this collection "casts the world in a different light."--The New Republic.

In this wide-ranging anthology, 32 women from Britain, continental Europe and the Americas express the depth and complexity of lesbian literature. Including stories about coming-out and cross-dressing, as well as vampire tales, science fiction, parody, and romance, this collection "casts the world in a different light."--The New Republic.

The Sky Fisherman: A Novel

Craig Lesley

The lives of young Culver, his twice-married mother, and his charismatic uncle Jake have been always overshadowed by the death of Culver's father in a fishing accident. When a suspicious fire destroys the town mill and three murders occur, Culver is engulfed by the dangers he finds lurking in the place he'd come to call home. Love, death, coming of age, and Native American spiritual beliefs fl... read more

The lives of young Culver, his twice-married mother, and his charismatic uncle Jake have been always overshadowed by the death of Culver's father in a fishing accident. When a suspicious fire destroys the town mill and three murders occur, Culver is engulfed by the dangers he finds lurking in the place he'd come to call home. Love, death, coming of age, and Native American spiritual beliefs fl... read more

Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story

Patricia Bosworth

"A memorable and moving book about a man -- indeed, a family -- of Fritzgeraldian proportions -- a distinguished and gripping American saga". -- Todd Gitlin, Chicago TribuneThrough the prism of her father's life as a lawyer and well-known political activist, Patricia Bosworth sheds light on an important era in modern American history -- from the heady, hope-filled days of Roosevelt's New Deal ... read more

"A memorable and moving book about a man -- indeed, a family -- of Fritzgeraldian proportions -- a distinguished and gripping American saga". -- Todd Gitlin, Chicago TribuneThrough the prism of her father's life as a lawyer and well-known political activist, Patricia Bosworth sheds light on an important era in modern American history -- from the heady, hope-filled days of Roosevelt's New Deal ... read more

The Warrior's Honor: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience

Michael Ignatieff

Since the early 1990s, Michael Ignatieff has traveled the world's war zones, from Bosnia to the West Bank, from Afghanistan to central Africa. The Warrior's Honor is a report and a reflection on what he has seen in the places where ethnic war has become a way of life. Ignatieff charts the rise of the new moral interventionists--the relief workers, reporters, delegates, and diplomats who believ... read more

Since the early 1990s, Michael Ignatieff has traveled the world's war zones, from Bosnia to the West Bank, from Afghanistan to central Africa. The Warrior's Honor is a report and a reflection on what he has seen in the places where ethnic war has become a way of life. Ignatieff charts the rise of the new moral interventionists--the relief workers, reporters, delegates, and diplomats who believ... read more

The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing

An anthology of short stories and essays explores themes of love between men, homosexual identity, and family and friend relationships by such writers as Thomas Mann, Tony Duvert, Plato, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Kafka. 20,000 first printing.

An anthology of short stories and essays explores themes of love between men, homosexual identity, and family and friend relationships by such writers as Thomas Mann, Tony Duvert, Plato, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Kafka. 20,000 first printing.

The 10 Commandments of Common Sense: Wisdom from the Scriptures for People of All Beliefs

Hal Urban

The author of Life's Greatest Lessons presents ten principles of practical wisdom to live by, drawn from readings of both the Old and New Testaments for people of all beliefs. Readers love Hal Urban's books for their common sense, their wisdom, and their inspirational affirmation of timeless values. With The 10 Commandments of Common Sense, he continues to build on his central theme -- that th... read more

The author of Life's Greatest Lessons presents ten principles of practical wisdom to live by, drawn from readings of both the Old and New Testaments for people of all beliefs. Readers love Hal Urban's books for their common sense, their wisdom, and their inspirational affirmation of timeless values. With The 10 Commandments of Common Sense, he continues to build on his central theme -- that th... read more

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Neil Hamblin

Robin was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was the consummate professional--always pleasant, never condescending, never arrogant, and always concerned about the product that she and I built together. She was creative--she delivered more than the required number of designs simply because she was on a roll and didn't want to see any ideas lost; and any one of them could have been used on ...

, December 2017

Robin Locke Monda
Reply from Robin Locke Monda

Neil was a pleasure to work with. I could not have asked for a more responsive, open and intelligent client! I would recommend Neil to any independent contractor. Excellent communicator, pleasant personality, apprehends problems and assists in finding solutions. What more could one ask for?

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