Re: RARA-AVIS: Gold Medal question

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 03 Aug 2002

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> The answer to this question is surely on some website, but I thought I'd
> and maybe Bill Crider or James Reasoner or another could tell us what they
> know:
> What's the history and current status of Gold Medal? It seemed to me that
> for a while there were Fawcett-Gold Medal books that weren't yellow and
> didn't have the medal on them. Seemed too that the publisher was in
> Greenwich, Connecticut, for a while. Is it now just a defunct brand of
> Bertlesmann or some such?
> Doug

Gold Medal existed as an imprint until the mid-Nineties, anyway. At that time it was used on Fawcett's Western line. A couple of years ago, Fawcett reissued a few of those titles (Ed Gorman's WOLF MOON and THE SHARPSHOOTER, and at least one of Marvin Albert's Westerns) and I think those were still Gold Medal books. Don't recall seeing any since then.

The second book that Livia and I wrote, a historical romance, was published by Gold Medal in 1983. When we signed the contract, Gold Medal was still owned by CBS Publications. By the time the book actually came out, Gold Medal was owned by Ballantine, which was in turned owned by Random House. The medal logo was long gone by then, but the book still said Fawcett Gold Medal (though in very small type).

I think the medal disappeared sometime in the Sixties, maybe the Seventies. GM started in New York, moved to Greenwich sometime in the Fifties, but the books that came out of Greenwich were still yellow and still had the medal. The medal vanished from the spine first and then later from the cover

Best, James

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