- Beacon Press
Founded in 1854 by the American Unitarian Association and currently a department of the
Unitarian Universalist Association, Beacon Press operates as a non-profit book publisherin the United States. [ cite journal|title=Beacon Press Celebrates 150 Years of Publishing|journal=UU World: The Magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association|date=Sept/Oct 2004|first=|last=|coauthors=|volume=|issue=|pages=|id= |url= http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4071/is_200409/ai_n9428646|format=|accessdate=2007-09-26 ]
Beacon Press is a member of the
Association of American University Presses. [ cite web|url=http://www.aaupnet.org/membership/directory.html |title=Association of American University Presses Membership Directory |accessdate=2007-09-26]
In 1971, it published the "Senator Gravel edition" of "
The Pentagon Papers" for the first time in book form, when no other publisher was willing to risk publishing such controversial material. Robert West, then-president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, approved the decision to publish the "The Pentagon Papers", which West claims resulted in two-and-a-half years of harassment and intimidation by the Nixon administration. [http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/2007/presentations/30971.shtml]
Beacon Press launched its
blog, Beacon Broadside, in late September 2007. [ [http://www.philocrites.com/archives/003733.html Philocrites: Beacon Press launches 'Beacon Broadside' blog ] ]
Beacon Press claims to publish works that affirm and promote several principles: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process in society; the goal of the world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of all existence; and the importance of literature and the arts in democratic life. [http://www.beacon.org/client/client_pages/about_mission.cfm History and Mission ] ]
Books and authors
Beacon Press publishes
non-fiction, fiction, and poetrytitles. Some of Beacon's most recent and well-known titles are listed below.
In 1992, Beacon won an award a New England Book Award for publishing. [ cite web|url=http://www.newenglandbooks.org/NE_awards.html |title=New England Book Awards |accessdate=2007-09-26 ] In 1993, Beacon was voted "Trade Publisher of the Year" by the Literary Market Place.
* [http://www.beacon.org/ Beacon Press's Home Page]
* [http://www.beaconbroadside.com/ Beacon Broadside – a project of Beacon Press]
Democracy Now!" Special: [http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/02/1331255 "How the Pentagon Papers Came to Be Published by the Beacon Press:] Mike Gravel, Daniel Ellsberg, and Robert West (audio/video and transcript)
* [http://www.uua.org/ Unitarian Universalist Association]
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