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 […]

Across Borders

Across Borders

I came back from the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe at the beginning of the week bursting with the joy of it all—the music, the dancing, the color, the artisans and the crowds they had attracted, all embracing the beauty and importance of handmade goods from around the world. At the same time, across […]

In the Twinkling of an Eye

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A little more than thirty years ago, National Geographic magazine published an issue with a young Afghan woman on the cover. Her intense green eyes were so unexpected, and her expression so loaded with hard-to-read emotion, that the photograph has become iconic. Just google “afghan girl” and there she is, after all this time. Kind […]

The Ixil Triangle: Journey to the Unexpected

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The Hidden Category One of my bookshelves is spilling over with travel guides. Places I’ve been, places I want to go. Most are in the “rough” or “hidden” category (or you could call it the “cheap” category), because those are the kinds that are most likely to lead you to the unexpected. I’ve just added […]

We’ve Got You Covered

Judging a Book Linda and I were at Publisher’s Summit last week in Chicago presented by the fine folks at Independent Publishers Group, the distributor of Thrums Books. It was a great time to visit with the wonderful people who help deliver our books into the world and to meet up with other publishers who care […]

Cultural Crossings

Cultural Crossings

Threads There are many threads to this story. First, there’s Mary Anne Wise, master hooked-rug artist, and her calling to do something to help a village in Guatemala that was covered by a mudslide during Hurricane Stan in 2006. There’s her friend and partner, Jody Slocum, who heads an NGO called Farmer to Farmer, fostering […]

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 […]

Same Path, Different Eyes

Traditional Weavers

For ten days at the beginning of March, ClothRoads and Thrums Books hosted a textile tour through Guatemala to meet the artisans of Traditional Weavers of Guatemala–Their Stories, Their Lives. The tour was led by authors Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordón. Teresa has graciously shared with us some of her thoughts about the trip. The Adventure On […]

Tying the Knot—Macramé in Mexico

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I bought these two little macramé bands in a thatched hut near the Maya ruins at Cobá, deep in the flat, dense jungle of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. This was more than twenty years ago, before friendship bracelets took the world by storm. In a wasteland of crude, redundant tourist goods, the fine craftsmanship […]

Hair of the Dog

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Sometimes you just have to get away from work. I’ve been immersed in all things Mexico for months now. Launching Chip Morris and Carol Karasik’s splendid Maya Threads in Chiapas last spring; traveling with Eric Mindling as he photographed beautiful old women in remote villages of Oaxaca; wrangling his photos and his transfixing stories into […]

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