College Q&A: University Press of Victoria publishes books by local authors

By Jeremy Shapiro
Feb. 9, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.

What is the University Press of Victoria, and what books has it published?

The University Press of Victoria was established in 2010 at the University of Houston-Victoria to publish scholarly and creative books that celebrate and enrich the diverse culture of Victoria and the surrounding region.

The press is supported by the UHV School of Arts and Sciences and community members. There have been three books published.

"Port of Victoria," written by Charles Spurlin, was the first book published. The book looked at the history of area waterways and the evolution of getting the port established.

The historical novel "The Republic of the Sierra: An Alternate History of Texas" was published in 2012. In 1845, the U.S. Senate adopted the annexation of Texas treaty by one vote. Author Kerry McCan explores what might have happened to Texas if the Senate had not approved the treaty.

Also in 2012, the University Press of Victoria published a memoir titled "Wooden Stirrups" that was written by Harold Nichols. Nichols, a longtime Victoria artist and the creator of UHV's "jaX" sculpture that stands between the University Center and University West buildings, died on Jan. 21.

"Wooden Stirrups" is about Nichols' childhood, growing up on his family ranch in the Glass Mountains of Brewster County during the Great Depression.

"It was an honor to publish a book by a member of the community who has seen Texas from his singular perspective and who can write about his experiences with such care for language so that we all might experience the gift of history and memoir," said Kyle Schlesinger, a UHV assistant professor of publishing and co-director of the graduate publishing program.

The University Press of Victoria also gives UHV students a hands-on book publishing experience.

"The students' contribution to these projects cannot be underestimated," Schlesinger said. "We strive to provide students with real-world projects and experiences that bridge the gap between their student lives and their professional lives in the publishing industry after graduation."

The books by Spurlin and Nichols are available for purchase by calling the Museum of the Coastal Bend at 361-582-2511. McCan's novel is available by calling 361-572-8031 or stopping by McFaddin Enterprises, 106 S. Main St.

For more information about the University Press of Victoria, email Schlesinger at

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4296 or



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