2017: Moments to Remember

» We’re very close to sending Maya Gods & Monsters to press, when we get a frantic message from our author, Carol Karasik: “Wait! A lot of those little designs around the edges are Aztec, not Maya! Not to mention that calendar wheel!” We do a hasty but thorough search for strictly Maya motifs, and find […]

For the Love of Books, and Book Collectors

We’ve done a beautiful thing. While we were preparing Embroidering Within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future, we had this vision of a special collector’s edition, one that would feature actual embroidery by the women in the book. It seemed like a win-win: the women desperately needed the work, and we sincerely wanted to create […]

Giving Voice Stitch by Stitch

Earlier this week, Thrums Books had the extraordinary honor of being guests at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D. C.  We were co-hosts, along with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, of a book launch reception for Rangina Hamidi and Mary Littrell’s new book Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future. The evening began with […]

The Family of Thrums

Excellent authors

Our good friend, and Thrums Books author, Deborah Chandler has been visiting us for the last few days. Last night she wrote down a few words about her life in the world of Thrums. Thanks, Deborah! Tonight, I am especially conscious of how lucky/blessed I am, aware of being part of the extended family of […]

  Afghanistan—Redefining Boundaries

Redefining Boundaries

In the opening chapter of their new book Embroidering within Boundaries–Afghan Women Creating a Future, Rangina Hamidi and Mary Littrell provide an honest depiction of the harsh realities of daily life for Afghan women. “As a woman with limited or no schooling and in a culture that prohibits women from appearing in public, the Afghan […]

Embroidering within Boundaries: Framing the Story

  I’m thinking about Paula Lerner. This woman who worked tirelessly and fearlessly in Afghanistan to tell the story of women in that desperate, war-torn country. This woman who left an archive of powerful images so we can see and remember what she saw and experienced. I had never heard of Paula Lerner until a couple […]

Cornering the Market

Friends assume that I love to go to the International Folk Art Market each year because of the shopping. It is a market, after all, and world’s largest folk art festival. I do love looking at all that fibery goodness on offer from around the world. But it’s not the what, it’s the who that keeps me […]

WHERE DID ALL THE AUTHORS GO?

Authors

It takes a book about nine months from when the manuscript is finished until the designed pages go to press. (It’s also about the amount of time it takes to create some babies, be they calf or bear cub or human.) The author may have been working on mastering the content for many years, but […]

A Woman’s Room

Woman's room

A Wedding Room We went to a wedding in Kandahar: my travelling companion, Mary Littrell, and her co-author, Rangina Hamidi, and I. It was not a village wedding, because it’s not especially safe to go out into the Afghan countryside now. It was in a hotel that specializes in hosting weddings, and this was wedding […]

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