Last night at the Jiro Dreams of Sushi premiere party, Grub Street spoke to April Bloomfield about her controversial cover choice for A Girl and Her Pig. We asked if she read all the comments, to which she responded, "Yes ... it's good to have conversation." She also copped to wanting another cover at first, but explained why the provocative image ultimately defines her.
"I wanted an illustration on the front and I got this fantastic illustrator that did the drawings in my book," she tells Grub. "That was going to be on the cover but ... I think we all agreed that maybe a photograph was better." And why this particularly vivid shot? "I think it's very dramatic, it's very eye-catching ... It's a fun cover." Fun is one word for it. "It's quite feminine which is nice, but strong ... it's a book about a pig not a pork chop, so if I wrote a book about a pork chop I'd probably be holding a pork chop."