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What is a Cheese Monkey, you ask? For one, it's the titular concoction of graphic artist-turned-novelist Chip Kidd. Kidd, who has broken ground in the look of books, designing jackets for Alfred A. Knopf since 1986, turns his attention to words with The Cheese Monkeys, a funny first novel about the author's education in graphic design and life. Kidd attended Penn State from 1982-86, majoring in graphic design and says he's been wanting to write a book about it ever since. "I've been in publishing for 16 years. Anyone with an iota of ambition to do something besides the jackets will be bolstered by being forced to read contemporary fiction all day long." In addition to continuing his graphics work for Knopf, Kidd is currently working on another novel and short fiction and a second art book, Mythology, devoted to the work of comics artist Alex Ross.
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