About Tonti Press

Henri de Tonti was an Italian-born explorer who explored North America for the French, particularly the lower Louisiana Purchase. He gained a name as an explorer alongside his friend, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and established the trading post known today as Arkansas Post. De Tonti is known as the first Arkansas Traveler. Learn more about Henri de Tonti, here.

Tonti Press aims to tell the stories of Arkansas as part of its mission. Travel guides, cookbooks, niche publications about Arkansas - all of these fall within the realm of what Tonti Press plans to cover.

The press is the project of author and journalist Kat Robinson, an Arkansas native with a long career in statewide media. Its first two titles, Another Slice of Arkansas Pie: A Guide to the Best Restaurants, Bakeries, Truck Stops and Food Trucks for Delectable Bites in The Natural State and Arkansas Food: The A to Z of Eating in The Natural State, were both published in 2018. Tonti's hyperlocal emphasis and marketing is primarily devoted to promoting such works inside Arkansas; future efforts will expand this enterprise beyond the borders.

Interested in publishing with Tonti Press? Please send your information and book proposal to inquiries@tontipress.com.

About the logo

The "traveller's hat" or "pilgrim's hat" is a wide brimmed hat meant to keep off the sun. Pilgrims on the Way of St. James often wore these with a scallop shell attached to the underside of the front brim, which they would wear pointed upward. Here, the hat is depicted sans shell.