The Frederic G. Melcher Book Award is given annually to a work published in the U.S. during the past calendar year judged to be the most significant contribution to religious liberalism. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to: racial justice, liberation movements, international peace, and civil liberties. The award was established by Frederic G. Melcher of Montclair, NJ, who had a determination to publish well-designed and beautifully printed books, that conveyed ideas of great value. Melcher was an active Unitarian layman, and served as a member of the Commission on Appraisal of the American Unitarian Association, which published Unitarians Face a New Age in 1936. He was also the founder of Publisher's Weekly, the bible of the book industry. Upon Melcher’s death, his son Daniel established the award in memory of his father.
All submissions must be nominated by either a Melcher judge or by the publisher. Complimentary copies of all submitted books must be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Staff Liaison, Harlan Limpert, at 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108. For more information, please contact Stephanie Carey Maron at administration @ uua.org or (617) 948-4303.
The deadline for submissions for the Melcher Award is December 31st for books published in the previous year. The award is $1,000 and is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association
The panel of judges are listed on the Melcher Book Award Committee website.
For more information contact melcher @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
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