Friday, June 28, 2013

More on "The Desert Places"

I am fortunate enough to have two books coming out this autumn, a fully illustrated version of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness coming in November from my fine publisher Tin House Books, and a unique hybrid text, The Desert Places, written by Amber Sparks and Robert Kloss with 16 full color illustrations and a cover by me, coming in October from Curbside Splendor. I'll post the cover below and here is a press release with more info about the book. Take a look.


  1. As a still-enthusiastic Kish collector, I simply HAD to pre-order both of your forthcoming books. Lovely to see a BIG artist credit on the cover of any illustrated book. Best wishes for the autumn book season!

  2. Thank you for the pre-orders, and I truly mean that. It's been challenging for me to adjust to the idea that these books are part of a market, and I've been told that pre-orders are absolutely crucial to the success of a book and, more importantly, a publisher. I really love Tin House, and am proud to be a part of their line-up, so even when it is a little uncomfortable for me to promote the work it is the least I can do for them.

    The cover for "The Desert Places" was a big surprise to me, and I have the designer Alban Fischer to thank for that. I was an almost off-handed addition to this project, thanks to Robert Kloss and Amber Sparks suggesting me to the editor, but Alban seemed to really get how much these illustrations had become a part of the work. He designed a gorgeous book, small and lethal, like a bullet. It's going to be a very interesting autumn.


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