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Thornwillow Thornwillow was founded in 1985 by Luke Ives Pontifell at age sixteen. In the three decades since, it has become one of the premiere fine publishing houses in the world.

With craft and culture, we seek to celebrate the written word.

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12/08/2020

A little over 24 hours remain in our campaign for Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. We have been delighted by the enthusiastic reception this new project has gotten, and would like to take a moment to thank the hundreds of backers who have brought this project to life. With your support, Thornwillow will publish the first ever fine press edition of Octavia Butler’s work!

If you have not yet taken a moment to review the project, or are still weighing the options, please have a look before the campaign closes, as this will be the last chance to lock-in pre-publication prices. You can find more information, including photos and videos of the edition’s prototypes, here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thornwillow/parable-of-the-sower-by-octavia-e-butler?ref=2pfg6f

And thank you, once again, for joining us on this remarkable project!

We are now in the final days of our campaign for Octavia Butler’s dystopian masterpiece, PARABLE OF THE SOWER. If you ar...
12/03/2020
PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia E. Butler

We are now in the final days of our campaign for Octavia Butler’s dystopian masterpiece, PARABLE OF THE SOWER. If you are already one of the many backers who have lent their support—THANK YOU!

If you have not yet had a chance, be sure to to check out the campaign before it ends next week in order to reserve your preferred copies (and to get them at the best price).

Thornwillow presents the first-ever fine press edition of the visionary author’s dystopian masterpiece.

The Thornwillow edition of Parable of the Sower features historic US Geological Survey maps, which trace the heroes' (fi...
11/20/2020
PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia E. Butler

The Thornwillow edition of Parable of the Sower features historic US Geological Survey maps, which trace the heroes' (fictional) journey across the (very real) California landscape.

So, today, we were thrilled to happen upon this beautiful, interactive guide in the L.A. Times, mapping the Southern California libraries that shaped Octavia Butler's life. https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-libraries-octavia-butler-books-life/

If you haven't yet had a chance, be sure to check out our Kickstarter campaign for the ultimate edition of her masterpiece, Parable of the Sower. Using historic maps and indices of real-world fires and events, the Thornwillow edition ties past, present, and future together. Find it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thornwillow/parable-of-the-sower-by-octavia-e-butler?ref=2pfg6f

Thornwillow presents the first-ever fine press edition of the visionary author’s dystopian masterpiece.

In the 1940s, George Orwell imagined 1984. In the 50s, Ray Bradbury imagined 1999. In 1993, Octavia Butler imagined the ...
11/16/2020

In the 1940s, George Orwell imagined 1984. In the 50s, Ray Bradbury imagined 1999. In 1993, Octavia Butler imagined the 2020s. Her future is now.
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We are proud to present, for the first time ever in a fine press edition: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
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It is the year 2023. Climate change and growing inequality have decimated the country, all but erasing the American middle class. A young woman, forced to flee her home on the outskirts of Los Angeles, travels north dreaming of a redemption for humankind: Earthseed—a new religion, a new community, and a destiny to take root among the stars. It is a dark story, and a grim warning of what might come—but one equally steeped in hope, as well as fear.
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Hailed as the “Mother of Afrofuturism” Butler changed the landscape of science fiction. She was the winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, as well as the first science fiction author to be awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. With your support, Octavia Butler will take her place in the Thornwillow canon with the ultimate edition of Parable of the Sower—a first ever fine press edition, which will celebrate her extraordinary legacy and preserve this important story well into the (dystopian) future.
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Each volume is printed letterpress and bound by hand, and is illustrated with a series of historic, real-world maps which trace the heroes’ journey across the ravaged California countryside. As always, each copy will be individually numbered and signed, and pre-publication subscribers will have their generous support recognized on the Subscription Register accompanying each copy of the book.
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To reserve your copy and help bring this important edition to life, check out on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thornwillow/parable-of-the-sower-by-octavia-e-butler?ref=2pfg6f

10/26/2020

Thornwillow Presents: "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti

Few authors can boast the distinction of having appeared in both children’s anthologies and Playboy magazine—fewer still for the same piece of writing. “Goblin Market” is a dark, lush fairy tale, equally fitting for a beautiful fall day or a cold and dreary night.

The poem is available in two hand bound editions. Classic Edition copies will be bound in letterpress printed paper wrappers, featuring artwork from the first edition, illustrated by the poet’s brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Patrons Edition copies feature handmade paste paper bindings with letterpress printed labels, and will be individually numbered and signed.

To reserve your copy of “Goblin Market,” be sure to subscribe for the Thornwillow Dispatch on Patreon before the October 31st deadline! Subscribers at the 30pt. Baskerville tier will receive Classic Edition copies in the November Thornwillow Dispatch; Subscribers at the 100pt. Electra tier or higher will receive BOTH Patrons Edition and Classic Edition copies, and will support the continuation of the Thornwillow Patrons’ Prize for Emerging Artists.

This new publication is only available as part of the Thornwillow Dispatch until October 31st, so be sure to sign up soon in order to secure your copy! Find more information and sign up for the Dispatch here: www.patreon.com/thornwillow .

The season of giving is coming up fast! Do you have all the decorative paper you need? Let us know if we can help enhanc...
10/20/2020

The season of giving is coming up fast!

Do you have all the decorative paper you need? Let us know if we can help enhance your gifts with our handmade paste paper!

#pastepaper #creativedaily #handcrafted #booklovers #madeinnewburgh #thornwillow #printmaking #makingart

Happy Monday! Our Presidents Series of half leather books is a great example of all the different leather colors we have...
10/19/2020

Happy Monday! Our Presidents Series of half leather books is a great example of all the different leather colors we have in the bindery!

#bookstagram #books #letterpress #epicreads #creativedaily #handcrafted #booknerd #booklovers #madeinnewburgh #thornwillow #printmaking #heidelberg #typography #makingart #bookarts #letterpresslove

09/22/2020

Last December, we announced an exciting new project, aimed at catalyzing the careers of talented up-and-coming authors and artists. In collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts and with the support of our Thornwillow Dispatch subscribers, the Thornwillow Patrons’ Prize awards outstanding new authors and artists with publication in fine press, limited editions, and distributes copies of these new publications to editors, critics, reviewers, and other opinion leaders in the literary and art worlds.

Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to the second in our cohort of 2020 Thornwillow Patrons’ Prize winners: Amy Evans, for "Protocol"!

“Protocol” makes up one part of a larger project exploring the challenges of growing up a “first-generation integrationist” and the strategies Evans’ family forged to ensure her survival. As a stand-alone piece, “Protocol” is a moving account of catastrophic loss—the moment when the author’s life “went from full color to black and white.” Though the events she narrates took place nearly 30 years ago, her powerful portrayal of grief and survival in the face of tragedy strikes a particular chord today, as people the world over face the unmitigated truth of life and loss. Now, more than ever, the world needs this story, and we are proud and honored to share her work.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBSCRIBE and receive “Protocol” as part of the Thornwillow Dispatch in October is SEPTEMBER 30, 2020. Patreon subscribers at the 30pt. Baskerville tier will receive the Classic Dispatch, including a Classic Edition of “Protocol” bound in letterpress paper wrapper.

To support the continuation of the Thornwillow Patrons’ Prize and receive both Classic and Patrons Edition copies (with your name included in the accompanying Patron Register), please subscribe on Patreon at or above the 100pt. Electra tier before the September 30th deadline.

Join the community, support the Thornwillow Patrons' Prize, and secure your copy of "Protocol" here: www.patreon.com/thornwillow

Our friends at the English Concert in America are offering a free livestream of their rehearsal session this afternoon! ...
09/15/2020
Event Page - Handel, Rodelinda working session

Our friends at the English Concert in America are offering a free livestream of their rehearsal session this afternoon!

From TECA:
"While the Europe and U.S. tour of the opera had to be cancelled this past spring, The English Concert is now delighted to be able to gather to record Rodelinda at St. John's Smith Square in London, September 13 - 21, 2020. Please join them online Tuesday, September 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm EST (6:00 to 9:00 pm UK time) for a live rehearsal session that will offer a preview of the recording and a rare glimpse into the orchestra's creation process."

We look forward to showing our rehearsal process on the 15th of September at 6 pm (UK time), ahead of our recording. We hope you can join us.

"The appraisers discovered that many of the invaluable books with illustrations or maps had been ransacked. John Ogilby’...
09/10/2020
The Inside Story of the 25-Year, $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library

"The appraisers discovered that many of the invaluable books with illustrations or maps had been ransacked. John Ogilby’s America—one of the greatest illustrated English works about the New World, printed in London in 1671—had contained 51 plates and maps. They were gone. A copy of Ptolemy’s groundbreaking La Geographia, printed in 1548, had survived intact for over 400 years, but now all of its maps were missing. Of an 18-volume set of Giovanni Piranesi’s extremely rare etchings, printed between 1748 and 1807, the assessors noted dryly, “The only part of this asset located during on-site inspection was its bindings. The contents have evidently been removed from the bindings and the appraiser is taking the extraordinary assumption that they have been removed from the premises.” The replacement value for the Piranesis alone was $600,000." 😳

Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive, and the caper’s final chapter was just written

Making progress on limp vellum copies of #Genesis. Here's a sneak peek.
09/04/2020

Making progress on limp vellum copies of #Genesis. Here's a sneak peek.

No matter how you say it, VOTE! Thanks to Molly Woodworth for this submission, which represents the top 5 languages spok...
08/20/2020

No matter how you say it, VOTE! Thanks to Molly Woodworth for this submission, which represents the top 5 languages spoken in the U.S.

And while you're thinking about voting, don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday (TOMORROW) at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

We love this funky design from Miriam Mack-Piccone. #yeahyeahyeahyeah #GetInTheGameKiddo 😆Make sure YOU get in the game ...
08/20/2020

We love this funky design from Miriam Mack-Piccone. #yeahyeahyeahyeah #GetInTheGameKiddo 😆

Make sure YOU get in the game and VOTE—both in November, and sometime before tomorrow for one of the Vote 2020 Broadside design submissions to be made into a new, limited edition, letterpress poster. View all the entries and vote for your favorite here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

Thanks to Ethan Halpern for this design, which resonates like a protest chant. Power to the People, People to the Polls!...
08/20/2020

Thanks to Ethan Halpern for this design, which resonates like a protest chant. Power to the People, People to the Polls!

Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

This submission comes from E. Thomas-Cappello, a Newburgh teacher, and features the work of several local photographers....
08/20/2020

This submission comes from E. Thomas-Cappello, a Newburgh teacher, and features the work of several local photographers.

We're thrilled to have submissions from members of our community both near and far, and as part of our campaign, DECLARATION: Signs of Change, we are excited to share letterpress broadsides (featuring the winning design) with students in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.

Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday (tomorrow) at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

Alexa D'Arienzo, Samuel Banfield, and Erik Freer may have each used the traditional red, white, and blue, but their indi...
08/20/2020

Alexa D'Arienzo, Samuel Banfield, and Erik Freer may have each used the traditional red, white, and blue, but their individuality shines through in their different designs. #uniquebutunited

Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

Genevieve Cerasoli submitted this calligraphic design. Whether you're checking a box or "writing in", make sure you vote...
08/20/2020

Genevieve Cerasoli submitted this calligraphic design. Whether you're checking a box or "writing in", make sure you vote!

And don't forget to vote for your favorite design by tomorrow at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset ...
08/20/2020

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles..."

Many thanks to Clara Warner for this broadside (/postage stamp!) design.

Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

Kim Phillip submitted this series of broadside designs, which feature quotes from great Americans to inspire us on our w...
08/20/2020

Kim Phillip submitted this series of broadside designs, which feature quotes from great Americans to inspire us on our way to the polls. Who inspires you?

Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

Check out this design, submitted to our Vote 2020 Broadside project by none other than publisher Luke Pontifell's mom, I...
08/20/2020

Check out this design, submitted to our Vote 2020 Broadside project by none other than publisher Luke Pontifell's mom, Irena Martens! Irena's work has been featured in countless galleries and publications since the 1960s, including the Smithsonian Institute and Thornwillow's own edition of Frankenstein.

Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

Make civic engagement a family activity! The Anderson - Parker family turned the Vote 2020 Broadside design project into...
08/20/2020

Make civic engagement a family activity! The Anderson - Parker family turned the Vote 2020 Broadside design project into a bonding opportunity. THANK YOU to Cola Parker, Ella Anderson, Lucy Anderson, and Andy Anderson for your contributions!

Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020.

Vote 2020 Broadside designs were submitted by artists from all backgrounds and levels of experience, from students and l...
08/20/2020

Vote 2020 Broadside designs were submitted by artists from all backgrounds and levels of experience, from students and local teachers, to celebrated illustrators like R.O. Blechman, who submitted this design in his classic cartoon style (which you may recognize from his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art or his many New Yorker covers).
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Don't forget to vote for your favorite design by Friday at noon! View all the submissions and cast your vote here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

08/19/2020

Have you checked out the submissions for our new Vote 2020 Broadside? One of these fabulous designs will be letterpress printed as a new, limited edition broadside. In true democratic fashion, we're leaving the decision up to YOU! View all the submissions and cast a vote for your favorite here: https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020

"THE 19TH AMENDMENT — ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, and added to the constitution eight days later — was the single largest...
08/18/2020
Suffrage at 100: A Visual History

"THE 19TH AMENDMENT — ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, and added to the constitution eight days later — was the single largest act of enfranchisement in the history of the United States. Millions of women cast their first ballots that fall. But the amendment’s promise was incomplete. Many American women, including some who had fought fiercely for suffrage, were still excluded from the ballot box. Many Native Americans were not able to vote until 1924, when the Snyder Act made them U.S. citizens. Chinese immigrants were similarly barred until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943. And many Black and Latinx people who, on paper, had an unequivocal right to vote, were functionally disenfranchised for decades by poll taxes, literacy tests, “white primary” laws and other forms of voter suppression. It is for this reason that many scholars point to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which barred racial discrimination in voting, as another milestone in suffrage history.

And the fight for suffrage was not just about the right to vote. It was about equality for women in all areas of life. From pay equity to educational resources and access to credit, women have continued to fight for their rights, and for equal representation in the bodies of power that regulate them. The Equal Rights Amendment, Title IX, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: All are descended from the suffragists and their work. 'The suffrage movement is not this finite, discrete thing: It’s part of a much broader story about women’s roles in American society,' the historian Susan Ware said in a phone interview. 'This isn’t about one issue from 100 years in the past that a bunch of women in long dresses and big hats cared about. These are issues we’re still fighting for today. And getting the vote was an absolutely necessary step in everything that came afterward.'”

How did American women win the right to vote? These images help bring their decades-long movement into focus.

Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and we are reminded of the generati...
08/18/2020

Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and we are reminded of the generations of struggle it has taken to secure the rights that many of us take for granted. On August 18, 1920, after a decades-long movement for suffrage, women in the United States were finally granted the right to vote.

Many thanks to Adam R. Smith for contributing this design to our Vote 2020 broadside project! View our gallery of submissions (and find the form to vote for your favorite!) here https://thornwillow.com/vote-2020.

The top vote-getter will be printed as a new, limited edition broadside as part of our campaign, DECLARATION: Signs of Change. In the meantime, you are encouraged to share ANY and ALL of the designs (with proper attribution!), with the aim of inspiring voter turnout and civic engagement.

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The Thornwillow Makers Village Kickstarter is entering its final 48 hours. If everyone who likes this page backs for just $1, they will more than meet their goal of reaching 1,000 backers, and ALL backers will get to vote on a new chapbook and new full-length book. (And if you submit the winning title, you'll get a special edition of it free!)
When you hand-cut the pages on The Great Gatsby, you get these edges, which are not technically deckled edges, but are nonetheless really cool. I’ll admit that my first few cuts were not great, but I got better!
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