Tom Payton (left) stands with TU Press' editor-at-large Yvette Benavidez in front of a colorful wall.
Trinity University Press Launches Tinta Books
New imprint focuses on Mexican-American life and Mexican history and culture

Given the University’s proximity to Mexico and the rich Mexican cultural heritage in San Antonio, it’s no surprise Trinity University Press has published numerous books about Mexico over the years. To build on this history, we recently announced Tinta Books, a new imprint focused on Mexican-American life and the history, culture, and current affairs of Mexico. We’ll also publish select Spanish-English and Spanish-only books.

There is a profound interest in—and need for—expanded English-language publishing about Mexico, and we are honored to launch this new initiative. As a mission-driven organization that has grown considerably in the past decade, the press is one of the few U.S. publishers with such a focus. 

Concurrent with news of the Tinta imprint, we announced that writer Yvette Benavides will serve as an editor-at-large for the press, developing the imprint and acquiring more broadly in support of our evolving mission. Benavides, a professor of English and creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake University, is also a writer and journalist with an extensive media presence, from hosting Texas Public Radio’s Book Public podcast to writing and producing radio commentaries that have been recognized with regional and national journalism awards.

Through visits to Mexico City and the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, we’ve also been building partnerships with Artes de México, Trilce Ediciones, Nostra Ediciones, Arquitónica Editorial, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, and other Mexican publishers, with the hope to publish future books with them.

Recent popular Trinity University Press works such as The Spirit of Tequila, Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico, and New Cooking from Old Mexico will be complemented by Pan Dulce, 100 Events in the History of Mexico, a Day of the Dead anthology, and other titles in years to come.

The press appreciates those who make our work possible—the authors, readers, donors, booksellers, librarians, journalists, and others. We’re honing our strategies with the intent of focusing more clearly on mission-driven acquisitions, especially in terms of traditionally underrepresented voices and viewpoints. Our priority is to publish work that has true impact and that drives discussion, explores additional media formats, and contributes to lifelong learning. The launch of Tinta Books highlights these interests while reinforcing the University’s strategic goals and international profile, especially in the Americas.

¡Viva Tinta Books!

above Tom Payton (left), the director of TU Press, stands with Yvette Benavides, an editor-at-large of TU Press.

bottom right Writer Sandra Cisneros holds up an anthology published by TU Press for which she contributed an essay.

Tom Payton is the director for Trinity University Press, a mission-driven publisher committed to civic engagement with timely ideas facilitated. 

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