From a Textile Society of America Press Release:


Contact: Victoria Rivers, Chair of the R. L. Shep Award Committee,

The R.L. Shep award is given annually to the publication judged to be the best book of the year in the field of ethnic textile studies. The purpose of the award is to encourage the study and understanding of ethnic textile traditions by recognizing and rewarding exceptional scholarship in the field. The award consists of a cash prize, funded by an endowment established by R. L. Shep in 2000. The endowment is administered by the Textile Society of America, through an Award Committee appointed by the Board of Directors.

Nominations are open to English language books (including bi- or multilingual publications in which all essential information appears in English). For the purpose of the award, “ethnic” textiles are defined as the non-industrial textiles of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Native and Latin America, as well as those of identifiable cultural groups in Europe and North America. Books of a variety of formats, including monographs, anthologies, and exhibition catalogs may be nominated. The main criteria for the prize-winning book are high quality research and scholarship, presented in an accessible, engaging manner. Books must contain a publications date of 2007.

The award will be presented at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium this fall in Honolulu, Hawai’i (September 24- 27, 2008). Visit the TSA website for further details.

Nomination(s) and three review copies should be sent to Victoria Rivers. Please contact her for additional information. DEADLINE IS MARCH 15, 2008.

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