Trinity University Press of San Antonio announced today that it has acquired the assets of Maverick Publishing Company, founded by former newspaperman Lewis F. Fisher.

Trinity said that in early 2015 it will launch a new imprint, Maverick Books, which will include the backlist of Maverick titles as well as new titles focusing on the history and culture of Texas and the Southwest. Fisher will work with Trinity as an editorial adviser.

Trinity will begin distribution of more than 40 Maverick titles in January, with new editions slated for Maverick backtitles, as well as digital versions of those books.

In a press release, Trinity’s associate director Thomas Payton said that the acquisition "sends a strong message that we are determined to be a preeminent publisher of books about Texas and the American Southwest as a complement to our other areas of international focus."

Fisher started Maverick Publishing in San Antonio in 1996. His newest book, the updated and expanded edition of "American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River," is being published by Trinity in January.