PULLMAN, Wash.— Washington State University (WSU) Press has signed a new contract with Book Travelers West. The publisher had maintained a long term relationship with Hand Associates, but that group collectively decided to retire and close the business. Effective January 1, 2018, the current Book Travelers West sales team—Kurtis Lowe, John Majeska, Phoebe Gaston, and Kevin Peters—is representing Washington State University Press to the book trade. The commissioned sales group has been selling books in the thirteen Western states since 1951.
“As a regional press, we were impressed that Travelers West maintains solid relationships with larger bookstores in the West, but also visits many of the smaller booksellers as well. Store owners we asked spoke highly of the sales team. We also felt our list would complement those of other publishers they represent,” WSU Press Marketing Manager Caryn Lawton said. WSU Press is a nonprofit academic publisher associated with Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and concentrates on telling unique, focused stories of the Northwest.