RESUME (my career as a coffee table book)
My name is Andy Reynolds. I am an experienced book publicist and graphic designer who came to publishing after a career in the music business where I’d been a music writer, retail manager, music trade editor, album designer, and label manager, DJ and music publicist.
As a book publicist, I work primarily with visual, nonfiction, and socially conscious titles. I’ve represented books on food, drink, pop culture, photography, art and LGBT issues.
As a graphic designer I have fallen in love with book cover design. The blame for which falls squarely on the shoulders of the brilliant designer Peter Mendelsund thanks to his stunning cover for Ben Marcus’ The Flame Alphabet. Five book covers of my own are included here. (View my graphic design portfolio at www.andyreynolds.nyc.)
I live in New York City’s East Village, maintain a curated vinyl record collection of questionable taste—but brilliant cover art, occasionally DJ around town, make a mean matzo ball soup, and spend my lunch hour at the gym. I long ago jettisoned my TV to spend more time reading contemporary and classic literature, biographies, science fiction, and obscure style magazines and to pursue the eternally futile goal of one day catching up on my New Yorker subscription.
Favorites include, in no particular order: authors Edmund White, Iain M. Banks, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Patti Smith, Gore Vidal, David Sedaris, Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker; musicians Cesaria Evora, João Gilberto, Dave Brubeck, Derrick May, Grace Jones, Mutant Disco; artists Robert Motherwell, Dale Chihuly, Mark Rothko, Massimo Vignelli, Rick Owens; and New York locations Stuyvesant Square, B&H Dairy, Central Park, The Odeon, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Union Square Farmers Market and, believe it or not, the subway.