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Encounters with the People, an edited, annotated complilation of unique primary sources related to Nez Perce history, is in our warehouse at last and we are filling orders! It turned out even better than we hoped it would.

There have been several titles written about photographer Edward Curtis, but not his younger brother, Asahel. Meet the photographer/mountain climber/rancher in his first full-length biography, Developing the Pacific Northwest by William H. Wilson. Just published, you can find it online or through a bookstore near you.

Yellowstone Summers has made two bestseller lists! One in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the other at Montana's largest independent bookstore, The Country Shelf.

Red Light to Starboard is a triple award winner!

Our Fall 2015 catalog is in the mail! We hope you'll like our new look.

If today were 35 years ago, our Pullman location would be shrouded in darkness, though it is the middle of the day. It was May 18, 1980, the day Mount St. Helens erupted. Here are links to more on the day as well as short clips of Richard Waitt discussing the landslide, what actually took place, and why he wrote his book. He was also interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud, talking about eyewitness accounts helped scientists.

Our newest title is shipping! In River Song, four Snake River-Palouse elders who had once lived in the traditional way--hunting, gathering, and fishing--share personal stories as well as oral histories. We'll be celebrating the release with Carrie Jim Schuster and the editors on campus and at other venues in mid-May.

Our authors and books have been getting some great press! Check out these articles for Battle Ready, Coal Wars, In the Path of Destruction, and Native Trees of Western Washington. But wait, there's more! A Coal Wars podcast and second article, plus an Everett Herald interview with our favorite tree guru.

We have a new book trailer! WSU's fabulous video crew utilized a Cineslider/3 axis time-lapse rig to create a continuous 30-second moving image. Then they added graphic elements, music, and Richard Waitt's narration. We think you'll love it, and the book!

WSU Press author and Myra Albert Wiggins' biographer Carole Glauber, will give a free lecture on the amazing photographer at 2 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State St., 503-370-6855.

WSU Press has published two more titles! Richard Waitt is a geologist with intimate knowledge of Mount St. Helens. He was one of the first from the U.S. Geological Survey to arrive following the mountain's reawakening in 1980. His book, In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens, tells the May 1980 eruption story through unforgettable, riveting narratives—the heart of a masterful chronology that also delivers engrossing science, history, and journalism.

Native Trees of Western Washington author and WSU Extension staff member Kevin W. Zobrist confers a delightful, enlightening, and lavishly illustrated examination of regional indigenous trees—all from a forestry specialist’s unique perspective. There are many opportunities to meet him.

WSU Press has been in the media! Book critic Barbara McMichael wrote a wonderful review of the WSU Press title, Battle Ready for her syndicated column, which ran in the Kitsap Sun and Bellingham Herald. And John Mullan received a glowing review in the Western Ag Reporter.

WSU Press authors have been featured on 3 radio programs, including the nationally syndicated AgTalk, and KEXP’s 90.3 “Mind Over Matters” show with Diane Horn. Here's Barnyards and Birkenstocks author Don Stuart on Farm and Ranch Report with KayDee Gilkey.

Catch up with our newest authors! On Saturday, November 15, at 1:00 pm, Keith Petersen will help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Nez Perce National Historical Park with a presentation on "John Mullan and the Nez Perce." On Tuesday, November 18, at 7:30 pm, Barnyards and Birkenstocks author Don Stuart will speak at the Seattle Town Hall Lecture.

The first two books of our Fall 2014 season are out! When conflicting labor alliances turn central Washington coal miners and their families against each other, the heated, violent battle unleashes enduring bitterness.  Coal Wars depicts the fateful story within a framework of local and national events. Barnyards and Birkenstocks addresses two dangerous trends occurring in rural America: the loss of farms and damage to the ecosystem. Check out our New Titles page for thorough descriptions.

We have new books! First is Battle Ready, which is about the forts that once protected the entrance to Puget Sound, and second is Rethinking Rural, an exploration of the challenges faced by the rural West in a global society with guidance for community leaders.

Fans of the author won't want to miss Keith Petersen's interview with Kim Briggeman of The Missoulian. Petersen penned the newest WSU Press book, John Mullan, a biography of the I-90 road builder. Washington State Magazine reporter Eric Sorensen wrote a piece about the day he spent with Petersen visiting key sites and listening to snippets of Mullan's life.

Check out our events page for upcoming author events!

Our Red Light to Starboard book trailer is ready to watch!

Dave Nicandri reviewed A Yankee on Puget Sound in the latest issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly. Here's what he had to say: “...it is one of the best books ever written on Olympia subject matter; the early days of pioneer life in Washington’s capital community truly come to life in these pages.”

Watch the book trailer for A Yankee on Puget Sound.

A WSU Press award winner! We are excited and proud that Be Brave, Tah-hy! received an Idaho Book Award Honorable Mention from the Idaho Library Association.

WSU Press is distributing Executive Chef Jamie Callison's new cookbook, The Crimson Spoon. Published by Washington State University's College of Business and featuring more than 100 recipes, sales benefit the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Hospitality Teaching Center. The Crimson Spoon is now available on our website or by calling 800-354-7360 or 509-335-7880.

INTERNET SCAM! There is a website offering downloads of our newest titles. We have not released ebook versions yet, so please stay far, far, away! We recommend your friendly local bookstore, instead!

UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOKS MATTER!  Browse through the AAUP Fine Print catalog to learn more about books from over 100 publishers that contribute to the academy and an informed society. And check out the new WSU Press Influence Map  to learn more about the origins of our books and how far they reach!

You can learn more about the Association for University Presses here.

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Paul Pitzer and images from his book were featured on PBS. Pitzer, the author of Grand Coulee: Harnessing a Dream, was interviewed for an episode of The American Experience.

Made in Hanford received an excellent review in the November 2011 issue of CHOICE, calling the book, "An interesting work for readers in numerous disciplines, including science/technology, history, and political and social sciences."

In his review for the Montana Magazine of Western History, Brigadier General Leonid E. Kondratiuk wrote, "Splendid Service is a great contribution to Montana history and a tribute to its citizen-soldiers and airmen. This book lives up to its title."

Hill Williams was on NPR to talk about Made in Hanford. Listen in.

Annette Cary of the TriCity Herald wrote a widely distributed review of Made in Hanford.

Our informal interview with Nicole Taflinger, the author of Season of Suffering, is now a book trailer! Ms. Taflinger discusses her experiences living under Nazi occupation during World War II and the joy of liberation.

We have another book trailer that is perfect for Military history buffs.

Washington State University Press is on Facebook ! Go there to watch book trailers and hear about book giveaways. Become a fan and get news about authors, events, and promotions.

Americas Nuclear Wastelands author Dr. Max S. Power composed a series on nuclear waste issues and cleanup for the acclaimed Miller-McCune online science magazine.




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Wandering & Feasting

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Crooked River Country

"A captivating and astonishing saga."--The Dalles Chronicle


"A beautifully written narrative of a courageous struggle of survival."--Clive Cussler, author of Arctic Drift and Corsair

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