Going Global

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Veronica Peak, beyond the village of Chinchero, Peru. Photograph by Joe Coca from the book, Faces of Tradition. FAR AND AWAY In the process of writing a book, Thrums Books authors and photographers travel to some pretty faraway places, tucked in jungles or on the edges of giant mountains. Sometimes they just live there. Either […]

Giving Back

DiamondsAreForever

Creating a Thrums book requires a large cast of characters. There’s the author, or authors; a photographer; a “fixer,” or local person or persons to make introductions and set up interviews; driver; guide; translator; and so on. All these people receive some compensation—book royalties, expenses, daily fees, depending on their contribution to the project. For […]

Who Chose That Typeface?

Chances are it was my long-time designer sidekick, Michael Signorella. When he works on a Thrums book, it’s not just the typeface—it’s the column widths, size of the margins, selection, size, and appropriate placement of photos—all those things we tend not to notice in a well-made book. Fine Design He’s pickier than I am, a […]

Peru: A Living Heritage

Chinchero, Peru

I’ve been fascinated with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival blog and Facebook feeds the last few weeks. Interpret “fascinated” as spending way too much time watching video clips of upcoming events and dreaming myself there! The Festival started this Wednesday on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and runs through the weekend, then it’s on again […]

Textile Traditions Old and New

Traditional Weavers of Guatemala

Weave a Real Peace (W.A.R.P.) is an organization devoted to bringing together people who love indigenous textiles, are devoted to the artisans who create them, and who work in various ways to create economic opportunities to help the traditions survive. I just came back from the organization’s annual conference, “Blending Tradition and Textiles.” It was […]

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. […]

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