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WSU Press authors give presentations at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Please contact the specific organizations for scheduling details, as these sometimes change.

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WSU Press Holiday Book Fair

The fair highlights books published throughout the year and is open to everyone. Festivities include discounts of 20 - 50% on all titles, drawings for free books, and complimentary refreshments. This year, author and WSU Executive Chef Jamie Callison will return to personalize copies of his cookbook, The Crimson Spoon. In addition, the fair will feature new titles on a variety of subjects—super custody and chaos in the Walla Walla state prison; dividing the Nez Perce reservation; fur trade in the early 1800s; an environmental engineer’s personal history of the Hanford nuclear reservation; Ezra Meeker and hop farming; a regional classic reprint; and even Mike Leach quotes. Throughout the Holiday Book Fair week, December 5-9, 2016, sale prices will be valid for phone orders of all titles as well as online orders of the eleven titles released since last year.


Thursday, December 8, 2016, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Meet Jamie Callison between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM!

    WSU Pullman campus, Holland Library Atrium


    Hop King author Dennis Larsen was interviewed on Washington Ag Network. Listen to the podcast.

    Encounters with the People wins dual awards! A 2015 Idaho Book of the Year honorable mention, and the Western History Association's Dwight L. Smith Award.

    On May 27, 2016, award-winning author Angela Day was interviewed on KSER's Sound Living radio program.

    Sometime in the near future, you can look forward to watching author Richard Waitt on a Smithsonian Channel documentary about Mount St. Helens.

    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 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 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 Reportwith KayDee Gilkey.

    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 QuarterlyHere'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.

    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.

    WSU Press author 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.

    Hill Williams was on NPR to talk about Made in HanfordListen 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.


    Hop King author Dennis Larsen's interview on Washington Ag Network radio.

    Heath Brown coaxes a fascinating interview from Coal Wars author David Bullock on this New Books Network podcast.

    Listen to the fascinating story of fishermen and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Red Light to Starboard author Angela Day was interviewed on KCHU's Coffee Break program.

    Get the scoop on some fascinating Seattle history when you watch the TV program based on our book, Eccentric Seattle. Author J. Kingston Pierce hosts.

    Listen in as NPR host Ross Reynolds chats with Greenscapes author Joan Hockaday in early 2011 on his KUOW Seattle show.

    Kent D. Richards, whose book, Isaac I. Stevens inspired an exhibit at the Washington State Heritage Center, spoke at the opening, along with Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed. The event was aired on TVW.

    WSU Press An Election for the Ages author Trova Heffernan and Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed were interviewed on TVW's author's hour.

    On September 4, 2010, Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk talked about reading in space on the radio program, The Next Chapter. What did he read? The Mapmaker's Eye, by Jack Nisbet! He said his favorite spot to read was floating next to a window. (Thirsk's portion starts about halfway through the podcast.)

    On December 18, 2009, Shaper of Seattle author William H. Wilson provided additional insight into famed Seattle city engineer, Reginald Heber Thomson, in his lecture at the Seattle Public Library.

    For John Charles Olmsted fans, we offer this podcast from Greenscapes author Joan Hockaday 's talk at the Seattle Public Library on June 3, 2009.

    Watch the video of TVW's June 15, 2009 Author's Hour, an interview with Finding Chief Kamiakin authors Richard D. Scheuerman and Michael O. Finley.

    The 2009 American Library Association Conference presentation by reference librarian Hilary Albert featuring America's Nuclear Wastelands was taped by C-SPAN2 for BookTV and aired on July 26, 2009. (The portion on America's Nuclear Wastelands starts at about 16:46.)

    Catch Dr. Power's presentation at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington, on the Pirate TV Website.

    On June 1, 2007, Dear Medora author Sydney Stevens was interviewed on the KMUN After Deadline radio program by Matt Winters, editor and publisher of the Chinook Observer. Listen to the podcast.

    Catastrophe to Triumph author Richard S. Hobbs and The Mapmakers Eye author Jack Nisbet were interviewed by Megan Sukys on KUOW, Seattles National Public Radio affiliate. Podcasts of her program The Beat are available. Original broadcast dates were February 6, 2007 (listen) and February 14, 2006 (listen).

    The Mapmakers Eye author Jack Nisbet, was extensively interviewed for the public television documentary on Pacific Northwest explorer David Thompson. Uncharted Territory: David Thompson in the Intermountain West that has been on the air at KSPS and other PBS stations.


    Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
    Melvin R. Adams
    ForeWord Magazine Top Ten University Pick!

    Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858
    Dennis Baird, Diane Mallickan, and William R. Swagerty, editors/compilers
    2015 Idaho Book of the Year Honorable Mention
    Idaho Library Association

    Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858
    Dennis Baird, Diane Mallickan, and William R. Swagerty, editors/compilers
    2016 Dwight L. Smith Award
    Western History Association

    Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster
    Angela Day
    2015 Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction
    Western Writers of America

    Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster
    Angela Day
    2014 Finalist, IndieFAB History and IndieFAB Ecology & Environment
    Foreword Magazine

    Rugged Mercy: A Country Doctor in Idaho's Sun Valley
    Robert Wright
    2014 Outstanding University Press Title
    American Library Association

    The Crimson Spoon
    Jamie Callison with Linda Burner Augustine
    Photographs by E.J.Armstrong
    2014 Finalist, Professional Kitchens category
    International Association of Culinary Professionals

    Be Brave, Tah-hy!: The Journey of Chief Joseph's Daughter
    Jack R. Williams
    Jo Proferes, illustrator
    2012 Idaho Book of the Year Honorable Mention
    Idaho Library Association

    Greenscapes: Olmsted's Pacific Northwest
    Joan Hockaday
    2010 Outstanding University Press Title
    American Library Association

    Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot
    Richard D. Scheuerman and Michael O. Finley
    Photographs by John Clement
    Finalist, 2009 Washington State Book Award

    America's Nuclear Wastelands :
    Politics, Accountability, and Cleanup

    Max S. Power
    2009 Best of the Best from the University Presses
    American Library Association

    CHOICE  has again listed three WSU Press books in their compilation of Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates, 2009-2010. The three titles are: An Election for the Ages, Greenscapes, and Shaper of Seattle.

    The Way We Ate author, speaker, and food historian Jackie Williams received the 2008 History Award from the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.

    Catastrophe to Triumph
    Richard S. Hobbs
    Fall 2007 Washington Reads Selection
    Washington State Library

    Spokane and the Inland Empire: An Interior Pacific Northwest Anthology
    David H. Stratton
    Summer 2007 Washington Reads Selection
    Washington State Library

    The Funhouse Mirror: Reflections on Prison
    Robert Gordon
    Spring 2007 Washington Reads Selection
    Washington State Library

    The Mapmaker's Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau
    Jack Nisbet
    2006 Best of the Best from the University Presses
    American Association of School Librarians

    Captured Honor: POW Survival in the Philippines and Japan
    Bob Wodnik
    2004 Best of the Best from the University Presses
    American Association of School Librarians

    The Oil Prince
    Karl May
    Translated by Herbert Windolf
    2004 Best of the Best from the University Presses
    American Association of School Librarians

    The Restless Northwest: A Geological Story
    Hill Williams
    2003 Washington State Book Award

    The Funhouse Mirror: Reflections on Prison
    Robert Ellis Gordon
    2001 Washington State Book Award

    Home Mountains: Reflections from a Western Middle Age
    Susan Swetnam
    2001 Idaho Book Award Honorable Mention

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