Living With The Gods

Living with the Gods

It’s rainy season in Guatemala where Joe Coca and I have been traveling about the last several days. It’s rained as we’ve wound our way up steep mountain roads; it’s drizzled as we’ve slipped down into lush forests where bromeliads sprout like magical creatures from dangling vines and giant pine trees stand like lookouts; we’ve […]

A Winning Tradition

Winning Tradition

Exactly one year ago, after learning that two Thrums Books publications had won Benjamin Franklin Book Awards given by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), I wrote, “It’s an honor, and fun, to have the fancy gold and silver stickers and the nifty crystal trophies. But it is the richness of our connection to the artisans whose stories we […]

A Little Bit of Maya Magic

Alfonso Huerta, the amazingly talented illustrator of our most recent book, Maya Gods & Monsters, shares a behind-the-scenes view of how the book–and the gods–came to be. Maya Magic About five years ago, I was vacationing on a beautiful lagoon in the southern part of the Yucatan with Carol Karasik, the author of Maya Gods & Monsters, […]

Maya Gods & Monsters: A Mysterious Thread

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AUTHOR CAROL KARASIK IS OUR GUEST BLOGGER THIS WEEK, GIVING SPECIAL INSIGHT INTO HER NEW BOOK: Myths and Tales and Textiles Thrums Books has a glorious reputation for publishing beautiful books on textiles from ancient cultures throughout the world. In a striking departure, they decided to bring out Maya Gods and Monsters: Supernatural Stories from the […]

Meet the Author: Carol Karasik

Carolus karasikii This is an unusual species with only one known member. Carolus karasikii, commonly known as Carol Karasik, can be found in the jungles of eastern Chiapas, the cobbled streets of San Cristóbal, the deserts of the American southwest, the rural villages of Southeast Asia, or the libraries of Washington, D.C. Her plumage is […]

Old Year, New Year, and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

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Old Year 2016 was a wonderful year for Thrums Books. Two of our books won Gold (Maya Threads) and Silver (Traditional Weavers of Guatemala) medals in the Multicultural category of the Benjamin Franklin Awards given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. We attended the always informative and inspiring Weave a Real Peace conference in Santa Fe in […]

When Our Ship Comes In

I’ve been reading Barkskins, a new novel by Annie Proulx. It’s set in 17th century French Canada and the British colonies, and it is horrifying and yet completely engaging. I’m struck, as I read, by the way travel by ship defined life in those times. If you wanted to send a message from Quebec to […]

Pure Win

Last week we learned  that Thrums Books won a prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Award  given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Two awards, in fact. Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas by Walter F. Morris and Carol Karasik, with photography by Janet Schwartz, won the Gold award in the Multicultural category. Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their […]

Mayans, Textiles, and Chip Morris

Chip Morris at work, writing in the jungle.

Chip Morris has lived in the Chiapas Highlands for most of the past forty years. The climate is cool to cold (except when it’s somewhat hot), the altitude a bit of a challenge at 8000 ft. This is his home. He has learned the Tzotzil language, he’s known in the villages as a friend and […]

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