Book Design

Dorothy Sauber, a college professor and close friend, faced a startling terminal diagnosis in December 2005. She processed this death sentence by writing 16 essays that illustrate her journey.

Her sons and several friends published Cancer Essays—Not the Book I Was Planning to Write. Being the friend with the designer skills, I formatted the 112 interior pages and designed the cover of this perfect bound book. Four literary-skilled friends edited and organized the essays. I photographed Dorothy (cover image) at a weekend retreat with our women’s group in May 2006. I believe this image portrays her straightforward journey into this last segment of her life .

Over 500 books have been donated to libraries at hospitals, clinics, and hospices around the country. Dorothy was “in search of good cancer reads” after her diagnosis, and we created “a good cancer read” with this collection of her work. Cancer Essays is for sale via the internet, and copies are available for distribution to medical facilities and hospices. Please visit for more information.