Welcome to AdventureKEEN

Keen Communications, based in Birmingham, AL, with an office in Covington, KY, and Adventure Publications, based in Cambridge, MN, are pleased to announce that the companies have merged publishing imprints and interests effective
October 8, 2015.

Adventure Publications, the largest independent publisher of birding books, is also renowned for full-color field guides for animals, constellations, trees, rocks and minerals, plus many children’s titles. The company has a rich backlist of 400-plus titles that also cookbooks, regional history books, and diverse nature-themed titles. Founded in 1988 by Gordon and Gerri Slabaugh, Adventure Publications joins the other publishing brands of Keen Communications, which include Menasha Ridge Press, Wilderness Press, Clerisy Press, The Unofficial Guides, and Nature Study Guild. Keen’s imprints produce some of the best-selling travel and outdoor guides in the country, delivering to readers and enthusiasts the best travel content and where-to information available.


…for readers, retailers and memorable outdoor fun

“Great books, great sales, great service," is Adventure Publication's tagline, and we mean it. Over the past 24 years, Adventure has become the premiere publisher of regional, nature and outdoors books. We offer hundreds of high-interest titles—the kinds you will want.

The value you get from Adventure cannot be beat. Most of our bird field guides give you over 300 full-color pages of images and information for less than $15—and that’s just one example.

A powerful opportunity exists to serve a growing audience of active people interested in pursuing appreciative, generous, and fulfilling lives.  Drawing on the extensive experience of the KEEN staff and our awareness of the industry, the marketplace, and the world at large, we have shaped a unique vision and mission for a company that serves our readers and authors.

KEEN is the parent company for some of the best-selling travel and adventure books in the United States, delivering to readers and enthusiasts the best in travel content and location information available.


Imprints & Brands in the AdventureKEEN Catalog

This strategic acquisition for Keen folds together decades of collective experience bringing guidebooks to market. AdventureKEEN titles will continue to be trusted resources for parks, interpretive centers, and specialty retailers, as well as for the book trade.

The coming-together story is a familiar one for Keen. Cofounders Bob Sehlinger and Richard Hunt collaborated for years at the Denver Publishing Institute and as part of U.S.I.A. book industry delegations before merging their respective companies in 2006, the genesis of Keen. Similarly, Hunt and Adventure Publications’ Gordon Slabaugh worked together at Houghton Mifflin in the late 1980s. Both followed their respective yet similar paths in publishing, championing outdoor topics and local subjects that sell best for retailers. The merging of companies is a reunion of sorts and a big step forward for the newly combined group.

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