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TCU Press 

TCU Press has traditionally published the history and literature of Texas and the American West. As the press has grown steadily in stature and in its ability to bring credit to its parent university over the last twenty years, it has been praised for publishing regional fiction, which often doesn’t find a market in New York, and for discovering and preserving local history.
TCU Press has several established series and some new ones. The Texas Tradition Series reprints classic Texas literature which would otherwise disappear from bookstores and libraries—novelist Elmer Kelton is the mainstay of that series. The Chisholm Trail Series offers books that capture the history and culture of Texas, and Chaparral Books for Young Readers are historical fiction for middle-school students. We believe that history frequently comes alive more through fiction than textbooks, and the aim of the Chaparral series is to captivate youngsters with Texas history.
The Texas Biography Series, sponsored by the Center for Texas Studies at TCU, offers scholarly, documented biographies of second-tier Texans—Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin have been covered extensively, but many who made strong contributions to Texas history have not. The first volume, Emily Austin of Texas: 1795-1851, by Light T. Cummins, won the 2010 Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women. Edmund J. Davis of Texas: Civil War General, Republican Leader, Reconstruction Governor by Carl H. Moneyhon appeared in the spring of 2010, while Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford of Texas by Richard B. McCaslin will come out spring of 2011. Soon to be published are Adele Briscoe Looscan: Daughter of the Republic by Laura McLemore and R. Lee Clark: Father of Modern Oncology by James S. Olson.

A TCU Vision in Action grant recently made possible the TCU Texas Poets Laureate series, books collecting recent and new work by the Texas poets laureate beginning with Alan Birkelbach, 2005, through Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas poet laureate.
Recently the press has produced some wonderful photography books in four- and five-color—Calvin Littlejohn: Portrait of a Community in Black and White, text by Bob Ray Sanders, has been successful both in Fort Worth and throughout the state. Sanders was a featured author at the 2009 Texas Book Festival. Other photography books include: Day of the Dead, by Denis Defibaugh, photographer, and Ward Albro, essayist; Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps, a project of the Center for Texas Studies; and Fort Worth: A Personal View, journalist and photographer Phil Vinson’s interpretation of Fort Worth.

TCU Press has won awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Western Writers of American, PENWest, the Rounce and Coffin Club, and the Southwestern Council of Latin American studies, among others. Our Texas poets laureate series recently won an Addy for design.

Vision Statement

Texas Christian University Press focuses on the history and literature of Texas and the American West and shares the overall mission of all university presses, as expressed by the Association of American University Presses: to contribute to the existing body of scholarly knowledge and to bring academic prestige to its parent university.

Goals Statement

To be a dynamic regional press using the most current technology to publish innovative and significant titles and to carry the TCU imprint into the literary world in all its forms.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 298300
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Shipping Address:
3000 Sandage
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: (817) 257-7822
Fax: (817) 257-5075
Dr. Dan Williams, Director
Tel: (817) 257-7822
Melinda Esco, Production Manager
Tel: (817) 257-6874


Kathy Walton, Editor
Tel: (817) 257-5074
Rebecca Allen, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Tel: (817) 257-6872


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Patricia Vermillion
hardcover / 978-0-87565-584-0 / $21.95
Texas Chili? Oh My! has now been translated into Spanish! ¿Chili Texano? ¡Ay Dios! is a retelling of the beloved fairy tale The Three Little Pigs—Texas style! Meet Bluebonnet, ... More
By Arthur Kimball
cloth / 978-0-87565-121-7 / $27.50
cloth / 978-0-87565-442-3 / $29.95
Adele Briscoe Looscan was the first woman president of the Texas State Historical Association, the longest-serving president of the association (1915–1925), and a remarkable individual.  Daughter of Andrew ... More
By James Lee
Foreword by Judy Alter PhD
cloth / 978-0-87565-288-7 / $24.95
For the first half of the twentieth century, Texas literature, culture, and folklore were dominated by J. Frank Dobie, the man Lon Tinkle called “Mr. Texas.” Dobie’s Texas ... More
By Raul H. Castro
paper / 978-0-87565-378-5 / $21.95
Raúl H. Castro was the first Hispanic governor of Arizona, ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina, lawyer, judge, and teacher. Born in Mexico in 1916, he ... More
By Jane Rushing
Afterword by Lou Halsell Rodenberger
paper / 978-0-87565-094-4 / $14.95
By Scott Zesch
cloth / 978-0-87565-194-1 / $24.50
Most people are familiar with the siege of the Alamo in 1836, but many do not realize that there was a second battle in the early twentieth century. ... More
By Alan Birkelbach
cloth / 978-0-87565-340-2 / $15.95
Birkelbach writes of the Texas landscape and its people with conversational ease, making his vivid descriptions shimmer through each poem. He balances the ordinary and the phenomenal, the ... More
By Eva Wrather
Edited by D. Duane Cummins
cloth / 978-0-87565-343-3 / $25.00
Eva Jean Wrather devoted seventy years to writing an 800,000-word biography of Alexander Campbell, founder of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a monumental literary biography described by ... More
By Eva Jean Wrather
Edited by D. Duane Cummins
cloth / 978-0-87565-400-3 / $25.00
Eva Jean Wrather (1908-2001) spent most of her adult lifetime writing a biography of Alexander Campbell, founder of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the only Protestant denomination ... More