Michael Cavna Writer\/artist for Comic Riffs, covering visual storytelling, cartoon art\/illustration, comedy\/satire and animation. July 11 at 1:33 PM The National Book Festival has just presented a radical shift in its poster design. Artist-typographer Marian Bantjes, a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, has created the official 2019 National Book Festival. (Library of Congress) For nearly two decades, the Library of Congress has heralded its annual summer celebration of literature and reading with an established look \u2014 a representational illustration often warmly depicting animals, children and Mother Nature, interspersed with nods to Washington\u2019s monuments and metaphors for mental travel. And for such a high-profile assignment, the festival has turned to noted illustrators such as Peter de S\u00e8ve, Rafael L\u00f3pez and Yuko Shimizu, as well as the visual whimsy of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. On Thursday morning, though, the festival released a distinctly different official poster for next month\u2019s event, an image rippling with typographical design as compelling verbs \u2014 \u201cenchant,\u201d \u201cdespair,\u201d \u201camaze\u201d \u2014 sprout from the pages of an open book. The poster is by Canadian artist Marian Bantjes, a leading figure in typographical design. A veteran member of the prominent organization Alliance Graphique Internationale, she often explores, in her own words, \u201cthe marriage of word and image,\u201d typically from a foundation of distinct structure. \u201cI\u2019m what I call a visual designer, as opposed to a conceptual designer,\u201d Bantjes tells The Washington Post. \u201cMy priority is to make something that is beautiful, visually arresting and hopefully intriguing.\u201d As for this year\u2019s poster, she says there is no literal \u201cmeaning.\u201d Instead, she says, \u201cthe entire poster is built around the structure of a book, and filled with bookish details.\u201d \u201cInspiration comes from the ether,\u201d she says, \u201cfrom whim, from what I like or am into at the time.\u201d The left side of the illustration \u2014 the \u201cstart\u201d of the spine-cracked book \u2014 features words correlated with beginnings, just as the right side employs words that signal conclusion, with the nine \u201cpages\u201d of words in between reflecting an arc of creative journeying. \u201cGiven the breadth and depth of the library\u2019s significant holdings featuring typography,\u201d said David Mandel, the library\u2019s director of the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation, \u201cwe felt engaging a designer known for her creative and thoughtful explorations of type and lettering was an exciting direction for the National Book Festival poster.\u201d Bantjes\u2019s work, featured in scores of publications, is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian\u2019s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. The 19th-annual National Book Festival will be held Aug.\u00a031 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and among the more than 100 authors appearing will be Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, chef Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s, scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., Barbara Kingsolver and graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier. The Washington Post is a charter sponsor.