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IN THE JUNE 16 WASHINGton City Paper (“Book Marks”), you wrote: “Publishing houses, unlike record companies, rarely dispense posters, T-shirts, or other items to promote their writers—after all, who wants a Dick Francis bumper sticker?”

I, for one, would like a bumper sticker promoting the diminutive British mystery author—if I owned a car. (Avis frowns on renters decorating its fleet.) Moreover, one mystery author—Polly Whitney—recently reported on the Internet that she’d seen a bookstore selling humorous bumper stickers for mystery fans, and Joan Hess wrote that she’d had some printed promoting her Maggody series.

Dupont Circle, via the Internet