Trinity University Press Recognized for Industry Excellence

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The Office of University Communications
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Jul. 20, 2011

Trinity University Press Recognized for Industry Excellence

ForeWord Reviews, The New York Times, and The Atlantic recognize books from Trinity University Press

 SAN ANTONIO - Two books published by the Trinity University Press, Maps of the Imagination and Moral Ground, have received recognition by major literary magazines and a national newspaper.

Maps of the Imagination book coverMaps of the Imagination, written by Peter Turchi, professor and director of the creative writing department at Arizona State University,  has made The New York Times list of "The 100 Greatest Nonfiction Books" as well as The Atlantic magazine's  list of "7 Must-Read Books on Maps and Cartography." Maps of the Imagination focuses on comparing the art of writing fiction to that of drawing a map, as well as providing a detailed history of cartography spanning multiple continents.

Moral Ground, by Kathleen Dean Moore, professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, and Michael P. Nelson, associate professor of environmental ethics at Michigan State University, won the Gold Prize as Best Anthology of the Year (2010), as well as the Bronze Prize for Best Environmental Book of the Year from the editors of ForeWord Reviews magazine. Moral Ground consists of a collection of essays from more than 80 world thinkers, including activists, theologians, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, and writers to discuss the moral obligations that the human race has to the environment. For this competition, more than 1,800 books were submitted for consideration.  

Barbara Ras, director of the Trinity University Press, said, "Either one of these accolades for Maps of the Imagination would have been terrific.  To have such major recognition back to back from The Atlantic and The New York Times is spectacular.  Recognition like this attests to the staying power of an original and appealing book."

Moral Ground book coverAlthough Maps of the Imagination was published in 2004, it has continued to excite what Ras called "an astonishing range of readers across genres - from map lovers to computer language designers." She said Turchi had a beautiful and original idea, which has been recognized by many awards, wide national and international media attention, and course adoption. 

Ras said the Trinity University Press has published another of Turchi's works, an  anthology titled A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, edited in collaboration with Andrea Barrett. Ras added, "The new anthology by Turshi uses mysteries and puzzles - much in the way he used maps - to understand how writers write and readers grasp the realities they create."

The Trinity University Press publishes intellectually rich books that make a lasting contribution to culture, scholarship, and knowledge, and to supporting Trinity University's mission to educate for "the personal, lifelong quest for understanding of oneself and one's place in the world." Book topics range from literary to environmental to regional subjects.

Text provided by Emily McMillan of Houston, a candidate for graduation from Trinity University in 2013 with a degree in English and religion and a minor in music. She is a summer intern in the Office of University Communications.