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Boston, Mass. (January 25, 2023) – The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is announcing today that its publishing imprint, Skinner House Books, has formed a new distribution partnership with Consortium® Book Sales & Distribution, a brand of Ingram Content Group. Skinner House Books publishes spiritual, religious, and theological books that sit at the intersection of progressive values and life’s biggest questions. Ingram Content Group is one of the nation’s largest book distributors.
“Skinner House Books is unique when it comes to religious publishing – we offer inspiring titles that help individuals and communities navigate through challenging social and spiritual questions. While we proudly serve the Unitarian Universalist community, we are also proud that our publications speak to people across belief systems,” said Mary Benard, the UUA’s Publications Director. “It is gratifying to enter into this new relationship with Consortium, to ensure that more readers have access to our books.”
Founded in 1976 as an imprint of Beacon Press, Skinner House Books has published hundreds of titles for more than four decades. Major titles include Mira and the Big Story by Laura Alary, illustrated by Sue Todd; Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Memoir of Bisexuality and Spirit by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew; Katha Sagar, Ocean of Stories: Hindu Wisdom for Every Age by Sarah Conover and Abhi Janamanchi, illustrated by Shanthi Chandrasekar; The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism, and Aging by Jane Fleishman; Trusting Change: Finding Our Way Through Personal and Global Transformation by Karen Hering; and Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity, edited by Paula Cole Jones. Significant upcoming titles for the imprint include Authentic Selves: Trans and Nonbinary People and Their Families, edited by Peggy Gillespie; Incantations for Rest: Poems, Meditations, and Other Magic by Atena O. Danner; and Why Can’t I Fix It? The Questions We Ask When We Love Someone with Addiction by Nathan Detering.
Consortium®, a brand of Ingram Publisher Services, is home to a community of award-winning publishers that believe in the power of independent voices. Consortium grew out of a small book wholesaling cooperative in 1985 to become a full-service distributor, quickly earning a reputation as an advocate for independent publishers. Consortium now represents more than 130 independent publishers from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, India, and Africa enabling them to successfully reach the trade, library, and academic markets for their books. Consortium understands the importance of ideas, and its goal as a distributor is to introduce those ideas—some that may otherwise not be discovered—to the widest possible audience.
“Skinner House is a welcome addition to Consortium’s growing list of publishers that focus on spiritual wellness and we appreciate their commitment to justice and compassion from an ecumenical perspective,” said Julie Schaper, Consortium’s president.
“As Unitarian Universalists, we are committed to uplifting the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and understand life and living as a journey of learning and growth. As a diverse and inclusive faith tradition, we are dedicated to sharing ideas that help strengthen people’s lives, families and communities, both within and beyond UUism,” said the Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, the UUA’s president. “Skinner House Books is an important way for us to share the wisdom of so many spiritual leaders and justice advocates. We are gratified to join with Consortium to expand access to these ideas.”
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About the UUA
The UUA is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. Our faith is diverse and inclusive and the UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that hold closely the worth and dignity of each person as sacred, the need for justice and compassion, the right of conscience, and respect for the interdependent nature of all existence.