Trinity University Press

Forthcoming Books

A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic

Peter Turchi (author)

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Hardcover release: Nov 2014

With his characteristic genius for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle making and its flip side, puzzle solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic—the creation of credible illusion—that...

Although Turchi’s knack for drawing connections can seem like a sleight of hand in itself, his writing is consistently engaging, lively, and thought provoking. The...Publishers Weekly

Dreaming Red: Creating ArtPace

Eleanor Heartney (author), Kathryn Kanjo (author), Linda Pace (author), Jan Jarboe Russell (author)

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Hardcover release: Dec 2014

Since its founding in 1993 by the late Pace Foods heiress Linda Pace, Artpace has become one of the premiere foundations for contemporary art. An artist residency program based in San Antonio, Artpace's goal is to give artists time and space in which to imagine new ways to work. Each year nine artists (three from Texas, three from other areas of the United States, and three from abroad) are invited to the foundation...

The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

Marc Bekoff (editor), Dale Peterson (editor)

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Hardcover release: Feb 2015

Jane Goodall, who turned eighty on April 3, 2014, is known around the world as a groundbreaking primatologist, the foremost expert on chimpanzees, and a passionate conservationist. In her nearly sixty-year career, Goodall has touched the hearts of millions of people. The Jane Effect is a collection of testimonies by Goodall’s friends and colleagues honoring her as a scientific pioneer, inspiring teacher, devoted...

[Jane Goodall] powerfully redefined the way we see our fellow primates.New York Times

The Luck Archive: Exploring Belief, Superstition, and Tradition

Mark Menjivar (author), Harrell Fletcher (foreword)

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Hardcover release: Feb 2015

Artist Mark Menjivar was in an antique bookshop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when he found 4 four-leaf clovers pressed between the yellowed pages of an aged copy of 1000 Facts Worth Knowing. Their discovery beguiled Menjivar so much that he began a multiyear exploration into the concept of luck and its intersections with belief, culture, superstition, and tradition in people’s lives. Menjivar tells the story...

Maximilian and Carlota: Europe’s Last Empire in Mexico

M. M. McAllen (author)

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Paperback release: Apr 2015

In this new telling of Mexico’s Second Empire and Louis Napoléon’s installation of Maximilian von Habsburg and his wife, Carlota of Belgium, as the emperor and empress of Mexico, Maximilian and Carlota brings the dramatic and tragic story of this six-year-siege to life. 

Authoritative, detailed, and engrossing... McAllen ably demonstrates how the Second Empire’s collapse was one of the most spectacular personal tragedies and political...Publishers Weekly

Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration

Sarah Shotland (author), Sheryl St. Germain (author)

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Paperback release: Apr 2015

Writing workshops in prisons and rehabilitation centers have proven time and again to be transformative and empowering for people in need. Halfway houses, hospitals, and shelters are all fertile ground for healing through the imagination and can often mean the difference for inmates and patients between just simply surviving and truly thriving. It is in these settings that teachers and their students need reading that...

Hail of Fire: A Man and His Family Face Natural Disaster

Randy Fritz (author)

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Hardcover release: Jun 2015

Hail of Fire: A Man and His Family Face Natural Disaster is an intimate account of the third worst wildfire in U.S. history, and the worst in the history of Texas. It is a memoir of what happened to Randy Fritz, an artist turned politician turned public policy leader, and his family during and after the Bastrop County Complex fire in 2011. Combining a searing account of the fire as it grew to apocalyptic strength with...

Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents

Kurt Caswell (author)

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Paperback release: Jul 2015

Writer, teacher, and adventurer Kurt Caswell has spent his adult life canoeing, hiking, and pedaling his way toward a deeper understanding of our vast and varied world. Getting to Grey Owl chronicles over twenty years of Caswell’s travels as he buys a rug in Morocco, rides a riverboat in China, attends a bullfight in Spain, climbs four mountains in the United Kingdom, and backpacks a challenging route through...

Kurt Caswell is a man with an unrequited wanderlust.Barbaraq blog