The conference was last May—in commemoration of the book's 30th anniversary. Too bad I missed it! But The Daily Reveille writer Ryan Buxton captured a sense of the conference with some juicy and revealing quotes:
"'We are a visual culture,' Callaway said. 'You can't judge a book by its cover, but people often do because that's what draws you in.'
The panel spotted a common theme among the cover designs — the presence of hot dogs, which the book's protagonist sells in New Orleans' French Quarter. 'There is a fixation on the hot dog in the foreign editions,' Gleason said. "