TBT: Intro to LRK

This Throwback Thursday brought to you by Bantam Books.  Bantam (now a division of Penguin Random House, aka the Randy Penguin) showed me the love from the very beginning, with the mass market paperback for A Grave Talent forming one third of a summer special in 1995, along with Mary Willis Walker and John Straley. They did T-shirts, bookmarks, a dump (one of those tall display units for bookstores), and a whole packet of things for bookstores.  But best of all was the illustration they commissioned from Edward Gorey:

Relax reads

Ah, good days.



  1. Love the illustration. Good days, indeed; so many good bookstores then. The Russell series could make a splendid Masterpiece series.

  2. Merrily Taylor says:

    It seems that publishers did more for their authors in those days!

  3. While I totally love that illustration, I can’t see that it really…fits A Grave Talent. My brain immediately went to A Letter of Mary.

  4. Ah Edward Gorey, he was such an interesting artist. I flew all the way to massechusets to go to his house (now a museum) The Unstrung Harp, is a hiarious bit of truth about the writing world.

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