2012 was an important year for Trinity University Press. It marked a turning point in our consistent growth, measured in many ways. And, indeed, it was a good year. Here are the top highlights of 2012 as reported by our staff.
- The Power of Trees was featured in the New York Times Book Review holiday book roundup in December as one of the year's best nature books.
- The ArteKids brand was launched, and two new books in the series were published in December—Hello, Círculos! and Colores Everywhere! The first book in the series, 1, 2, 3, Sí!, won numerous awards, including a Moonbeam for Best Board Book.
- Gerald Stern was celebrated by hundreds of friends for his book Stealing History at a stunning event at the Neue Galerie in New York City in October.
- Gilbert Garcia on appeared on Fox & Friends (and other Fox shows) in February to discuss his timely book Reagan’s Comeback.
- Kim Stafford’s successful memoir, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do, proved to be a runaway success in the Pacific Northwest, with reports of repeated standing-room-only events at Powell’s, Elliot Bay, Annie Bloom's, and Broadway Books.
- Becky Crouch Patterson’s book, The Ranch That Was Us, was another runaway regional success, seeing local bookstore the Twig sell well over 225 copies in less than a month.
- Arturo Madrid’s In the Country of Empty Crosses was selected as a San Antonio Express-News Best Book of 2012.
- Trinity University Press opened its long-anticipated new offices in July in Coates Library and paired that with a launch of its new website (www.tupress.org) in September.
- We acquired Water’s Desire by rising star Jonathan White and announced the 2013 publication of nine rediscovered classics by naturalist Donald Culross Peattie.
- We continued development of our ebook program, with most backlist titles available and most new books simultaneously published in print and digital form.
- Our list of print and digital projects about architecture, urban planning, and the built environment has continued to grow with forthcoming books like Plan for New Haven, American Architecture and Urbanism, and Writing Architecture.
- Publishing veteran Burgin Streetman, marketing manager, and Lee Ann Sparks, business manager, joined our staff.
Here’s to a great year behind and an even better year ahead!