Local author, artist and illustrator Emma Fick designed the official poster for the inaugural New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University. The poster can be purchased online or at the event in LBC’s Peterson Hall.
the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University unveiled its official 2022 poster for the inaugural event, which features artwork by Emma Fick, a talented local Covington author, artist and illustrator who now lives and works in New Orleans.
Fick’s illustrations for the inaugural poster took two weeks. It depicts a green city center tram with each passenger reading a book. The Tulane campus looms in the background, and tall magnolias with large blooms cross the top over which the festival banner is draped. The immediate border surrounding the room features book covers by some participating authors.
The outer edge of each side is made up of inner elements of the print itself. For example, Fick pulled the green from the deepest part of the green magnolia leaves, and the reddish-brown color on the right side comes from the tram door.
“My goal was to design a visually iconic New Orleans poster that readers could take home and put on their walls.”
– Emma Fick, creator of the official poster for the 2022 book festival
“My goal was to design a visually iconic New Orleans poster that book patrons could take home and put on their walls,” Fick said. “I had a lot of fun hiding the information on the tram and with the book covers. I love when a poster looks like an Easter egg hunt and you keep finding different little things”
The book festival will take place March 10-12 on the uptown campus of Tulane University. The event is free and open to the public. Posters will be available for purchase in Peterson Hall, located inside the Lavin-Bernick for University Life, during the three-day festival.
Book lovers can “bring the magic of New Orleans – and reading – to their walls” by purchasing the poster. It is available for presale by click here. A limited amount of hand-signed posters by Fick are available for $60, while unsigned posters are $30.
“In New Orleans, every major festival must have a memorable commemorative poster. Emma is a wonderful artist, and we are so grateful to her for designing a great first poster for our book festival. The room is very visual and filled with so many vibrant colors with a real flavor of New Orleans and Tulane. Emma exceeded our expectations and set the bar very high for official posters for our future festivals,” said Cheryl Landrieu, Festival Co-Chair.
Fick taught English in Serbia on a Fulbright scholarship and began chronicling his culture in a series of watercolor illustrations called “Snippets”. The illustrations caught on, and with a grant from the United States Embassy, Fick returned to Serbia to pursue painting full time.
After publishing his first book of illustrations, Extracts from Serbiain 2015, she returned to New Orleans and began working on Excerpts from New Orleans, published in 2017. Her current work, entirely watercolor and ink on paper, explores cultural, biological and floral hybrids and the endless permutations they allow. His third book, Border Crossings: A Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railwaypublished by Harper Design, is available for pre-order now via Amazon and will be released in April.
All Book Festival events will take place on Tulane’s Uptown Campus, including Dixon Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex, and Berger Family Lawn .