Name: Hayward Wilkirson
Position: Book Designer
Home state: Kentucky
Alma mater(s), area(s) of study: International Center of Photography, New York, Documentary Photography; University of Kentucky, Economics; Transylvania University, Political Science
Tell us a little bit about your position at the press.
This is a semi-new position at the press. We have had a full-time designer on staff before, but it has been years. Basically, my job is to design the covers for all of the books that we publish. Pressure, much!?
What’s one of your favorite UPK titles and why?
I think it will be Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown, as long as the powers that be go with my favorite of the three cover concepts that I just submitted. Just kidding.
If someone was visiting Kentucky for the first time and you were their tour guide, where would you take them? Any specific restaurants, landmarks, etc.?
What’s your favorite word?
Nice cover. Oh wait, that’s two words.
Do you have a favorite font? If so, what is it?
Do you have a favorite child?
Did you always know you wanted to work in publishing? When you were a kid, did you want to do something different as an adult?
I’ve been interested in art and design for many years, but when I was a kid I wanted to be an astronomer.
If you could bring any fictional character to life, who would you choose?
Why ruin the illusion?
What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
My mom is 98, so we try to get large-print books for her, which I sometimes pick up and read. The last book I read was one of her large-print Patricia Cornwell novels, and no, I would not recommend it.
Any hidden talents?
Hiding my talents.
If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?