About Us

Bower House brings together books and authors that celebrate, inform, and protect nature, culture, and life. Our books cover a wide spectrum of topics, from cooking, gardening, and trail guides to environmental protection, regional history, memoir, poetry, and literary and speculative fiction. We are passionate about protecting the environment, telling great stories, and living the good life through fantastic food, inspiring literature, broad travel, and the outdoors. Collecting Conundrum Press, Johnson Books, Trails Books, and titles from the former Westcliffe Publishers and 3D Press under one roof, Bower House is a leading publisher in the Mountain West, producing books for the world.

Our Imprints

Bower House

Bower House

Nonfiction | Environment
Bower House brings together the best books and authors that celebrate, inform, and protect nature, culture, and life. Starting life in 2002 as Corvus Publishing, our books cover a wide spectrum of topics from cooking, gardening, trail guides to environmental protection, regional history, memoir, poetry, and literary and speculative fiction. We are passionate about protecting the environment, telling good stories, and living the good life through good food, great literature, broad travel, and the outdoors. Gathering together Conundrum Press, Johnson Books, Trails Books, and titles from the former Westcliffe Publishers and 3D Press under one roof, Bower House will continue to bring great authors and worthy subjects to market.
Conundrum Press

Conundrum Press

Fiction | Poetry | Creative Non-fiction
Conundrum Press, founded in 1998 by David J. Rothman, has rapidly expanded to become the preeminent publisher of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry in the Rocky Mountain region. Now under the Bower House banner, Conundrum Press will continue to champion excellent fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry primarily—but not exclusively—exploring the particular voices and themes of the Rocky Mountain region.
Johnson Books

Johnson Books

Regional | History
Johnson Books was established in 1978 and for 40 years has been exploring and celebrating both the facts and fantasies of the West. As one of Colorado's premier book publishers Johnson Books has grown with the West, and so has been able to keep a pulse on its important issues–both historical and contemporary. Our books are regional in nature, focused on the mountain and desert West, and include environmental subjects, history, geology, archaeology, and general nonfiction.
Trails Books

Trails Books

Trail Guides | Travel
Trails Books has roots going back to the founding of the quarterly journal Wisconsin Tales and Trails in 1960. Wisconsin Trails published it's first book in 1971. Expanding throughout the midwest over the following decades, Trails Books grew to become one of the leading publishers of regional guidebooks. We have continued expanding, and with the acquisition of Westcliffe Publishers and 3D Press, now have offerings from most regions of the country.

Our Team

Caleb Seeling

Caleb Seeling

Co-Publisher & Owner
Caleb began working in publishing in 2006 and founded Samizdat Publishing Group, it's primary imprint being Conundrum Press, in Denver in 2009, publishing between 20-30 books each year, before joining forces with Bower House | Corvus. An active member of several publishing and arts organizations, Caleb is also a social entrepreneur, finding ways to serve the greater community and disadvantaged youth through strategic partnerships with organizations such as Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and Youth on Record. He is the director of the Certificate in Publishing at Western State Colorado University's MFA program, board member of PubWest, President of the Board of Colophon Center, publishing consultant of the International Arts Movement, and member of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
Derek Lawrence

Derek Lawrence

Co-Publisher & Owner
Derek has over 30 years of experience in the book business. He worked at a number of independent booksellers, including eight years at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, before taking his first publishing job at Roberts Rinehart Publishing. He later held positions at Westcliffe Publishers, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, Fulcrum Publishing, and Interweave Press. He founded Bower House | Corvus, and it's first imprint Speck Press, in 2002 to publish culturally relevant, illustrated nonfiction. Speck was sold to Fulcrum Publishing in 2007. Besides his work with Bower House, he is principal of Imprint Group, one of the premier publisher's representation groups in the Western United States. Derek has served on a number of nonprofit boards including Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, The Library People, and PubWest, where he served a term as President. He is currently on the board of Colophon Center and its Executive Director.
Margaret McCullough

Margaret McCullough

Art Director & Owner
Margaret is a professional visual artist and counts herself lucky in the knowledge that art was “just the right thing” from her earliest years. She lives, mentors, creates, and pours out her brain in the name of visual communication from Denver, Colorado. Her greatest joys are the lovely people with whom she makes a life, her studio, and experiencing the infinite beauty and variation of the natural world. Her clients have included The Smithsonian Institute, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Cornell University Press ... among many others. See some of her work at Margaret McCullough and Corvus Design.
Mira Perrizo

Mira Perrizo

Editorial
Mira has spent over thirty-five years in the publishing world, including twenty-one years as publisher at Johnson Books/Big Earth Publishing in Boulder, Colorado, where she was involved in all facets of book publishing, from design to manuscript development and more. She is also an agent for Word | Link Literary.