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 […]

Weaving Through Chiapas

First, let me tell you a little bit about Na Bolom, House of the Jaguar. This combination museum, study center, and guest quarters, housed in a converted monastery in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, has a decided late-nineteenth-century feel. The faded photographs of Indians of the Lacandón rainforest, the shadowy book-lined library, the personal […]

How do you say “poor thing” in Spanish?

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth

I’ve traveled a lot in Latin American countries. Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico—all countries where Spanish is the common language. And yet I’ve never learned Spanish. Oh, enough to ask where is this and do you have that and how are you and so forth—but I can’t really follow a conversation or respond intelligently. I’ve made […]

Twenty shopping days until . . .

Just a year ago today, Thrums Books released Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu. It was such a pleasure working with the author, Libby Van Buskirk, who had deeply researched the folk tales and folkways of the Peruvian highlands during her many years of travel in that country. And the illustrator, Angel Callañaupa, a Quechua […]

Mission Accomplished

I haven’t posted here in ages, but not because I’ve forgotten about Thrums Books. I’ve been up to my elbows in Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas, and now it’s finally ready to go to press. I spent a good part of yesterday cleaning my desk of the loose parts – literally five reams […]

Sticker Shock

When I heard that Faces of Tradition was a finalist for a Benjamin Franklin award, I thought “Well, that is nice.” Then I thought, “Maybe I should go to the ceremony in New York in case the book wins the gold.” Then I thought, “Nah.” I love New York, but I don’t much love ceremonies. […]

Telling a Book By Its Cover

You can’t really tell a book by its cover, of course, but you can tell a publisher what a book cover should be. This is your chance. We’ve been pondering possibilities for Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas, and have almost too many choices. So I hope you will weigh in with your opinions. […]

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