Category Archives: Conservation

Filling a gap

We live in a gorgeous spot on a beautiful planet that teeters at a tipping point. Human-caused problems threaten land and sea environments everywhere. Problems like global warming, ocean acidification, and public lands mismanagement. Many of the problems persist because … Continue reading

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Conservation through conversation

The original impetus behind Torrey House Press was the idea that we could promote love of the land through literature. We jumped in with both feet, believing that by publishing great books, our start-up literary press would be self-supporting through book … Continue reading

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NGO’s, authors, booksellers, and why we publish

Kirsten and I drove from Torrey to Durango this week to see Scott Graham’s book launch of Mountain Rampage at Maria’s Bookshop.  We hoped to catch up with Scott and his wife Sue, see Peter and Andrea the owners of … Continue reading

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Pill in the hamburger

Last October, while Kirsten and I were on the road peddling our Torrey House wares, we were walking down the streets of Taos, straight into the setting sun, looking for a place to have dinner. A stranger was walking toward … Continue reading

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Bad Romance?

Originally posted on Committed to the Quest:
Cliven Bundy rides his horse waving the American flag. He’s a Fox News hero who refused to pay fees and fines for illegally grazing his cows on federal lands for 20 years and…

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Today’s Transcendentalists

Have you ever been overcome by a sense of awe and wonder? Perhaps outside watching the sun set over a roiling ocean or watching the Milky Way spin overhead on a moonless night? Perhaps you had a sense that you … Continue reading

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Green Shorts, Charles Manson, and Literature and Conservation in the West

This piece originally appeared in The Wildlife News. Ten years ago I read Michael Chrichton’s novel State of Fear. While far from his best work, it was his usual roller coaster of a techno-thriller. And, rather strangely, it was blatantly … Continue reading

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Green Shorts

Amazon has their Kindle Singles, Torrey House is launching our own Green Shorts series.  We are calling for submissions of environmentally oriented fiction and narrative nonfiction that is longer than a typical blog and shorter than a book, say 10,000 … Continue reading

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Environmental, Topical Nonfiction Can Make a Difference

Politicians are often behind, out of step with, and going in a different direction from the people they represent.  In Paul Hawken’s book Blessed Unrest, Hawken suggests there is a global movement afoot fostering environmental health and social justice that … Continue reading

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Call for Environmental Nonfiction

At Torrey House we are wrapping up our first publication season with national distribution to the book trade and we continue to learn.  We have seven titles out and three ready for the upcoming spring/summer season.  Two of the forthcoming … Continue reading

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Consonance

This fall we will publish Jana Richman’s next novel, The Ordinary Truth.  The backdrop theme of the novel is based on the real life tension between the urban and rural West as the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the water agency … Continue reading

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Love Letters

Kirsten and I spent the weekend in New York City to attend our distributor’s (Consortium) fall season sales conference.  New York has always worn a little rough on me and this trip was the usual.  Friday evening we were working … Continue reading

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Way of Life

The more I learn about the way public lands are being managed in the West the more I realize how the public is in the dark about it.  I just finished revising the language on our Submission Guidelines page and … Continue reading

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THP is a One Year Old!

Torrey House Press was one year old last month.  We got our first book out, Crooked Creek by Maximilian Werner, and it is a hit with the literary critic types.  It has been less so with the paying public and … Continue reading

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Are Cows Cute?

Kirsten wants to adopt a grazing allotment in the Fish Lake National Forest on upper U.M. Creek a bit north of Fish Lake in Utah.  Romping around together in the public lands around Torrey we have become more and more … Continue reading

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Publishing for a Cause

My kids keep on teaching me.  I just returned home on Sunday from my son Nick’s graduation from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.  Nick has earned a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Ecological Design.  My son and … Continue reading

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>Adaptation Versus Way of Life?

>Over at NewWest.net, the savvy next generation media company “dedicated to the culture, economy, politics, environment and lifestyle of the Rocky Mountain West,” there’s a good article today on smarter water use for farmers (here).    Brendon Bosworth writes about … Continue reading

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