Category Archives: Publishing

Torrey House Press Welcomes Alisha Anderson

With fire in her eyes, Terry Tempest Williams enthusiastically took hold of Torrey House Press publisher and executive director Kirsten Allen’s arm. It was late November 2015 and Terry and Kirsten were at Back of Beyond Book’s silver anniversary party … Continue reading

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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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Considering going nonprofit

Torrey House was founded on the principle that literature is a primary influence and creator of culture. When Wallace Stegner spoke of creating a society to match our scenery in the West he was talking about hope and that when we learn … Continue reading

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Truth and false balance

Kirsten and I started Torrey House Press in 2010 as we started to gain appreciation and concern for a lack of public awareness of public land management and environmental issues, particularly here on all our public land in the West.  We … Continue reading

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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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Two Good Men

Two men stand silhouetted against an  sublime sunset, scholars perhaps, contemplating their place in the cosmos.  Such is the cover image,suggested by author Scott Abbott, by 19th -century German Romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Friedrich.  Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a … Continue reading

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Lessons of Another Season

Most of the work is done for our Fall/Winter 2013 book season.  We are just back from four trade shows.  Kirsten and I were hosted by our fabulous reps Howard Karel and Lise Solomon at the Northern California Independent Booksellers … Continue reading

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Why Culture Matters

The day I realized I am a Westerner, I was in New York City. I was visiting family in my hometown and bent down to talk to my three-year-old in what felt like a miniature grocery store aisle. Crouching among … Continue reading

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House of Western Lit and Literature and the Environment

The news that J.K. Rowling’s latest fiction title had sold only 500 copies in the months it was out before the word leaked that she was the author using a pseudonym left us feeling a strange mix of hope and … 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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New York Sales Conference

Kirsten and I are just back from our distributor’s — Consortium Book Sales and Distribution (CBSD) — semi-annual sales conference in New York.  About 100 folks in all show up including staff from CBSD, our sister publishers, and the sales … Continue reading

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Leaning In to Nonfiction

There’s nothing like fiction, but it is hard to sell.  They told us it would be but we had to see for ourselves. Our title, The Legend’s Daughter, by David Kranes is out.  Kranes’ stories are so good  he was … Continue reading

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The Typographer

We have been indoctrinating Torrey House associate editor and publicist Anne Terashima with the joys of copy editing and into Hell’s inner circles of book design with InDesign. She likes it so much she wrote a poem. The Typographer The … 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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You Okay with Nature Writing?

In 1999, at a gathering organized by The Orion Society, Barry Lopez read a poem by D.H. Lawrence.  After the reading Lopez paused for effect and then stated, “D.H. Lawrence, nature writer.”  Laughter ensued.  This episode is mentioned in an … 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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Preparing for our fall publishing season with new distributor

In March Kirsten and I flew out to Minneapolis to meet with our new distributor, Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.  We landed smack into the country’s crazy spring weather.  The lake behind our friends’ home there was covered in ice … Continue reading

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Doors Are Open Again to Unsolicited Manuscripts

Kirsten and I have been delightfully busy.  Particularly Kirsten.  Last December when we were in Moab for the debut reading of The Scholar of Moab with Steve Peck at Back of Beyond Books, Mary O’Brien of the Grand Canyon Trust … Continue reading

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New Strategy

We are very pleased to announce that Torrey House Press is joining ranks with Minnesota based  Consortium Books Sales and Distribution in order to gain a greater distribution of our titles.  This change marks the end of a one year … Continue reading

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Erica Olsen

Where do you call home if you are of Korean-Swedish-Norwegian heritage and were born in Hollywood?  In spite of her claim to not have a home town, Erica Olsen’s writing indicates to me that she has made her home on … Continue reading

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Blogs and Manuscripts

It’s a new year and I want to get plugged into the THP blog thing again.  Over the next few weeks I’ll announce when we will open to unsolicited manuscripts again, what we will be looking for, and how to … 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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Brothers and Wild Places

My only brother, Mike Bailey, died this summer, alone and in despair, and by his own hand.  In our pain and dismay, all of us who loved him search for meaning and lesson in the devastating loss of a magnificent … 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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Still a Struggle

Yosemite Valley is still there to enjoy because these guys really liked to get outside.  And being outside so much shaped their lives into greatness.  Last night Kirsten and I watched the PBS American Masters documentary on John Muir.  We … Continue reading

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The River Why

The River Why by David James Duncan Reviewed by Mark Bailey At the end of The River Why, Gus, David James Duncan’s narrator explains that he wrote the book just so we could fully appreciate the last scene. Creating that … Continue reading

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The Monkey Wrench Gang

When I am asked what we like to publish at THP I often respond I am looking for the next Edward Abbey. I was in college in the 1970’s at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City when I … Continue reading

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