Trinity University Press

Forthcoming Books

The Luck Archive: Exploring Belief, Superstition, and Tradition

Mark Menjivar (author), Harrell Fletcher (foreword)

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Paperback release: Jun 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 piqued Menjivar's curiosity 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...

The meticulously curated volume is but one part of an endeavor exploring the role luck plays in our lives.San Antonio Current

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 modern U.S. history, and the most destructive 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...

If you've ever loved a tree—or a person—do yourself a favor: read this book, because at its core love in all its splendor and sadness is what it’s...Jan Jarboe Russell, author of The Train To Crystal City

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

Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex

Chris Waters Dunn (author), Cappy Lawton (author)

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Hardcover release: Sep 2015

The enchilada is more than an everyday Mexican food. It is a history of Mexico—rolled, folded, and flat—that embodies thousands of years of Mexican life. The evolving ingredients in enchiladas from pre-Columbian to modern times reveal the internal and external forces that have shaped Mexico’s cuisine and culture.  Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex is a comprehensive exploration of one of Mexico’s most historic and popular...

The World According to Coleen

Coleen Grissom (author)

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Paperback release: Oct 2015

In a collection of musings that is as much historical record as it is memoir, Coleen Grissom provides a unique view of life on and off an American university campus. As an administrator and faculty member at Trinity University in San Antonio for over five decades, Grissom has seen the feminist movement take hold, the sexual revolution take off, and the tragic deaths of students, friends, and family. Her honest, witty,...

Coleen Grissom is a superb example of Dear Reader—the intelligent, passionate, fully engaged, gets-all-the-jokes audience. And she’s not exactly shy about sharing her...Margaret Atwood, author of Moral Disorder and Other Stories

Crossing the Plains with Bruno

Annick Smith (author)

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Paperback release: Nov 2015

Dogs, like humans, have memories, instincts, fears, and loyalties. But as far as we know, dogs do not get swept up in nostalgia, speculation, or self-analysis. Although they have hopes, they are not driven by regrets. In Crossing the Plains with Bruno, Annick Smith weaves together a memoir of travel and relationship, western history and family history, human love and animal love centering around a two-week road trip...

My interest in Annick Smith’s life was handsomely rewarded by this tender and perceptive book. A great woman, a great dog, and a road trip in the American West. How can... — Thomas McGuane, author of Crow Fair

Maximilian and Carlota: Europe’s Last Empire in Mexico

M. M. McAllen (author)

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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