Trinity University Press is known around the world for publishing distinguished books by authors like cultural historian Rebecca Solnit, National Book Award winning writer Barry Lopez, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet W. S. Merwin. In addition to books on landscape and environment, literature, architecture and urban planning, Trinity also focuses on books about Texas, Mexico, and the Southwest. Now, their list will get a boon as Trinity University Press has acquired the assets of Maverick Publishing Company, founded by local historian, author, and former newspaperman Lewis F. Fisher.
In early 2015, Trinity will launch a new imprint, Maverick Books, which will include backlist of the original Maverick line while building a larger list of titles committed to the history and culture of Texas and the American Southwest. Fisher will continue to work with Trinity University Press as an editorial advisor, assisting with occasional acquisitions and authoring additional books to be published by Trinity under the new imprint.
“Trinity University Press has enjoyed significant growth and success nationally and internationally during its first ten-plus years of publishing,” says Thomas Payton, associate director of Trinity University Press, who arranged the deal. “Core to our mission is a commitment to explore the history and culture of Texas and its peoples, as well as the Southwest more broadly. The Maverick acquisition helps to deepen our catalog of available print and ebook titles.” Founding director of the Press, Barbara Ras, adds: “This represents a meaningful step forward in the Press’s evolution overall.”
Trinity University Press will begin distribution of the Maverick Publishing Company’s list of more than 40 popular titles in early January, and plans to expand and grow sales of Maverick’s substantial backlist while updating some into new editions. Also, while Maverick’s books have not previously been available in digital form, Trinity University Press will also release the entire Maverick backlist of titles as digital ebooks in early 2015.
Payton continued, “Launching the Maverick Books imprint sends a strong message that we are determined to be a preeminent publisher of books about Texas and the American Southwest as a complement to our other areas of international focus. At the same time, it pays tribute to the rich legacy that Fisher built under the quintessential Maverick name while shoring up our deep commitment to San Antonio.”
When Fisher first started Maverick Publishing in 1996, few were focusing on the publishing opportunities in the San Antonio. “My greatest sense of satisfaction is in having helped identify so many dimensions of San Antonio's history and evolution in a more accurate and, hopefully, lucid way, whether through my own books or through those authors whose works I published,” said Fisher. His newest book, American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio's River, is a richly illustrated history of the River Walk including Mission Reach and Museum Reach, and it is being published by Trinity in January. Referring to Trinity, he adds: “Their high standards have created a base that enables San Antonians to understand their city in meaningful ways.”
With Trinity University Press, Fisher also saw the opportunity to hand over a legacy that has been almost 20 years in the making and take more time for family and his own writing. “Trinity has proved itself a first-rate publisher in the broader world while still doing regional books of high quality,” continued Fisher. “Maverick and Trinity could have prospered on this parallel path indefinitely, but it was obvious to me that given Trinity's strong organization and depth in the publishing industry it made more sense to join forces and increase our effectiveness.”
“Trinity University has a long history of engagement with San Antonio and our region and is a leader in the study of Texas and Southwestern history and culture,” added Michael Fischer, Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs (and interim president of Trinity University as of January 1, 2015). “This new development by Trinity University Press makes a strong statement about the values of our university and the importance of research and publishing addressing our community.”