Burning Books
About Burning Books


BURNING BOOKS was founded by writer/editor Melody Sumner Carnahan and artist/designer Michael Sumner in 1979 in Oakland, California, to produce art, music, and literature.

The Burning Books imprint has published thirty-five books to date, often with collaborators including John Cage, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley, Steina, Woody Vasulka, Madeline Gins, Arakawa, Larry Polansky, Dino J.A. Deane, and Theater Grottesco.

In 1989 Burning Books moved to New Mexico where the two founders continue to produce in obsolete delivery systems: books, posters, pamphlets, postcards, and discs. And, Seven Sins Soup

NEW: Santa Fe For Art’s Sake (the book) 

NEW: Anyone by Melody Sumner Carnahan

Most Recent Books by Robert Ashley: Crash and Quicksand

Selected Press:   “Book Smart” by Julia Goldberg, Santa Fe Reporter (2019)
Southwest Contemporary “Twice Through the Maze” exhibition review  (2016)
“Twice Burned”
 by Jordan Eddy, Santa Fe Reporter (2016)

Selected Awards: Bronze Medal Winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for The Quadrants Series: Debut Novels by Seasoned Writers, by Robert Ashley, Sumner Carnahan, Thomas Frick, and L.K. Larsen.
And, Twice Through the Maze by Michael Sumner & Sumner Carnahan was the winner in Art and Photography at the Southwest Book Design & Production Awards.

Selected installations include the Museum of Fine Arts, Phil Space, 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, and The Window Project.

Co-publishers include the University of Iowa International Writer’s Program, West End Press, Archer Fields, Dalkey Archive, Frog Peak Music, Zerx Press, and High Mayhem. Seven books were made in collaboration with typographer and book artist Kathleen Burch.

Burning Books is better at making the world more elegant and convincing when it operates as a low-key dysfunctional entity.

How To Make Art NOW (What artists don’t want you to know!)

Recent BOOKS / Backlist BOOKS / Rare & Out of Print BOOKS

PRESS: Articles, Reviews, Interviews

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BURNING BOOKS   /   P.O. BOX 2638   /   SANTA FE   /   NEW MEXICO 87504

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