Kharis Anniversary

In a couple weeks, it will be the 10 year anniversary of the publication of my first book, Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored. (Technically, this is the second edition, the first having been printed several years prior with no ISBN, before print-on-demand really took off, but to me it’s this latter version that really counts).

I just checked my stats, and Kharis has sold over 1,000 copies in the last decade – not bad for a little self-published primer on an obscure religious tradition! (According to WorldCat, there are also copies in four different libraries in the U.S., so you can even interlibrary loan it!) I’m happy that my book appears to still provide useful information and guidance for folks on this path.

In honor of this anniversary, I have permanently reduced the list price of the book from $15.99 to $13.99. This new price is now live on Amazon. I hope this helps make it even more accessible for those who need it.

~ by Dver on June 20, 2018.

14 Responses to “Kharis Anniversary”

  1. […] Dver’s book “Kharis” is a lovely introduction to Hellenic polytheism. Now you can get a copy at a reduced price. See the original post here: via Kharis Anniversary […]

  2. what a great anniversary! it’s still one of my favorite intros, and one i recommend regularly. it has a place of pride in my private library.

  3. I was actually just flipping through it today. I think I bought it not long after the second edition came out, it’s been a great companion through all this time. Congrats on the anniversary!

  4. Congrats! Of the (not very!) many books that exist on these subjects and from our various traditions, yours is certainly one that SHOULD be in libraries and from which anyone/everyone can benefit!

    (In fact, given how many of my students end up writing about modern polytheist matters in my world religions classes, it might not be a bad idea to get your book and several others for our college library, when I next have a bit of money lurking about…)

    • Thank you! Can you just give books to your library and they will stock them? From what I’ve always understood, they are generally picky about what they’ll put in the system, even if books are donated. If yours is different, I’d be happy to send along a copy for free. (I have no idea how Kharis ended up in those four libraries I mentioned, but it definitely wasn’t my doing!)

      I have, though donated several of my books to the two non-profit pagan libraries that have formed.

      • If I give them to the current librarian (a new one we’ve only had for a year who is really cool!) and tell her they might get used in my class, she’d make sure they are kept. Our library is drastically under-funded and under-stocked, and often the “good” books get sent over to the main campus’ library and then, strangely, never come back to our library. A few years ago, with what was left of our budget, the Rainbow Alliance bought a bunch of LGBTQ+ books for our library and made it so that they cannot be taken by the other library, and I’d plan to do something like that in this case.

        • That’s really cool. Well, I thought I had an extra copy of Kharis here but apparently not – however, next time I make an order from Createspace for something, I can add that (and anything else of mine if you think appropriate) and send over to you for the library.

  5. First book I was assigned to read, and the first book I recommend. Others I’ve found are either poorly written or narrowly tailored to one local tradition (which is fine in itself, but not for a broader audience when that fact is not clearly explained).

  6. How much more is in the newer edition? I have the old one, though I’m less into Hellenic polytheism now, mostly Irish/Scottish focused.

    • You have the 2004 edition, the one with the white cover and line art? If so, I don’t believe very much changed between that and the 2008 edition, other than an updated survey of the community (which is now 10 years out of date anyway).

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