|About Burning Books|
BURNING BOOKS is an artist-run, weirdness-driven organization dedicated to the production and publication of unmuzzled literature, music, and art. It was founded by writer/editor Melody Sumner Carnahan and artist/designer Michael Sumner in Oakland, California, in 1979.
The Burning Books imprint has produced thirty-three books and numerous audioworks, often with co-publishers including the University of Iowa International Writer’s Program, West End Press, Archer Fields, East-West Cultural Studies, Frog Peak Music, Zerx Press, and High Mayhem. Seven books were made in collaboration with typographer Kathleen Burch between 1983 and 1994.
Featured Book: Twice Through the Maze by Michael Sumner & Sumner Carnahan
Recent Press: “Twice Burned” by Jordan Eddy in Santa Fe Reporter
Recent Awards: Burning Books is a Bronze Medal Winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2013 for • The Quadrants Series: Debut Novels by Seasoned Writers, by Robert Ashley, Sumner Carnahan, Thomas Frick, and L.K. Larsen.
Burning Books author/artist/collaborators include John Cage, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley, Joan La Barbara, Steina, Woody Vasulka, Arakawa, Madeline Gins, the Out Of Context Ensemble, Theater Grottesco, et al.
In 1989 Burning Books moved to New Mexico where the two founders continue to produce art in obsolete delivery systems: books, posters, broadsides, movies, pamphlets, handbills, postcards, and discs. And, Seven Sins Soup.
Selected installations include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Center for Contemporary Arts, MOV-iN Gallery, IPI 2007, Mills College, San Francisco Center for the Book, the Donkey Gallery, 516 Arts, High Mayhem Gallery, and Axle Contemporary.
Burning Books is better at making the world more elegant and convincing when it operates as a low-key dysfunctional entity.
BURNING BOOKS / P.O. BOX 2638 / SANTA FE / NEW MEXICO 87504