The staff and interns at Trinity University Press pose for a photo. Photo by Sarah Cooper.
The staff and interns at Trinity University Press pose for a photo. Photo by Sarah Cooper.

This year, Trinity University Press is participating for the first time in The Big Give SA, a 24-hour online giving event in support of local nonprofits doing good work to make San Antonio awesome. The big day is May 5, and the city has high hopes that people will donate to support local causes and organizations – to the tune of $4 million.

Trinity University interns put together a video celebrate the The Big Give SA and to encourage you to donate “MEOW” to Trinity University Press:

"The Luck Archive" by local artist and photographer Mark Menjivar. Courtesy image.
“The Luck Archive” by local artist and photographer Mark Menjivar.

Over the past ten-plus years, Trinity University Press has published more than 250 important, internationally-recognized, award-winning print and digital books intended for curious readers who are committed to lifelong learning. Its nonprofit publishing program produced projects in the areas of nature, landscape, and the environment; architecture and urban planning; literature and memoir; the history and culture of specific places; and the food and history of the American Southwest.

From the signature participation in civic events like the San Antonio Book Festival to presenting year-round programs with prominent speakers, they are an integral part of the cultural scene in San Antonio. Recent speakers they have brought to San Antonio include bestselling author Azar Nafisi, National Book Award-winning writer Bob Shacochis, and beloved poet Gary Snyder. This fall they will host primatologist Jane Goodall in an event that is free and open to the public. Their small staff of six works hard to do their part to bring San Antonio to the world, and the world to San Antonio.

"The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall" book cover. Courtesy image.
“The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall” edited by Dale Peterson and Marc Bekoff

?Not only do they publish internationally important titles like Rebecca Solnit’s “The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness” and New York Times bestseller “A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic” by Peter Turchi, much of their list includes vital local and regional books of history and the arts. Projects like the book “American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River” by beloved historian Lewis Fisher and their recent acquisition of Maverick Books that reflect their deep commitment to San Antonio and Texas.

“Trinity University Press is at the top of the list of university presses,” said Jan Jarboe Russell, author of “The Train to Crystal City.”

“It’s a cultural diamond in San Antonio and worthy of city-wide support.”

Poet and writer Naomi Shihab Nye seconded with a similar sentiment. “Trinity University Press is the shining gem in the crown of brilliant cultural institutions in San Antonio,” Nye said. “Treasured voices, crucial topics and the most gorgeous books keep springing forth. Please support them.”

Capitalizing on the latest thinking in nonprofit management, they regularly collaborate on projects such as the Arte Kids series of children’s books published in partnership with the San Antonio Museum of Art and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, “San Antonio Architecture” with the American Institute of Architects, “Painters in Prehistory” by Harry Shafer with The Witte Museum, a forthcoming series of digital projects with Artpace, and a 150-plus year retrospective of San Antonio history with the San Antonio Express News. They also provide a national stage for many of San Antonio’s most valued authors as evidenced by the upcoming release of “The Luck Archive: Exploring Belief, Superstition, and Tradition” by acclaimed photographer Mark Menjivar and “Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex Mex” by Cappy Lawton and Chris Waters Dunn.

"Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex" by Cappy Lawton (of La Fonda on Main and Cappy's) and Chris Waters Dunn. Courtesy image.
“Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex” by Cappy Lawton (of La Fonda on Main and Cappy’s) and Chris Waters Dunn.

“The reality is that in many cases, book sales alone can’t support what we do, and many of the books we make available worldwide simply might not get published without support from the community,” said Tom Payton, associate director of Trinity University Press. “Just like a museum or orchestra cannot sustain their important work through ticket sales alone, such is the case with culturally-based small press publishing today.”

All funds raised during the Big Give for Trinity University Press will go directly toward supporting books specifically about San Antonio and Texas by way of their new Maverick Books imprint. Please consider supporting a local book publisher for this amazing one day event. With the Big Give, it just takes a few seconds to make a difference in your community. Whether you support Trinity University Press or other nonprofit groups doing important work in San Antonio, we hope you will join us in making The Big Give SA one of the best fundraisers in the country. Every gift helps more than you know, no matter how small or large.

And please make sure to share this message with your friends and family. Let’s tell everyone about this awesome day for nonprofits. Click here to pledge to Trinity University Press and here to donate the day of.

Recent and bestselling books from Trinity University Press. Courtesy photo.
Recent and bestselling books from Trinity University Press. Courtesy photo.

*Featured/top image: The staff and interns at Trinity University Press pose for a photo. Photo by Sarah Cooper.

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Burgin Streetman

Burgin Streetman is the marketing manager for Trinity University Press. She is also a writer and the author of the children’s lit blog Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves.