Catholic Press Association Book Awards go to Seven Notre Dame Press Titles

Author: Notre Dame Press News

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The 2019 Catholic Press Association Book Awards were announced during the Catholic Media Conference, June 18-21, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Florida. This year's winners include seven titles published by the University of Notre Dame Press. We are proud to represent these important works and distinguished authors whose books have been recognized in diverse categories such as theology, history, memoir, and religious art.

The winning titles include:


First Place, Theology: Theological and Philosophical Studies

The Kingdom of Man: Genesis and Failure of the Modern Project by Rémi Brague (Catholic Ideas for a Secular World series)
"No one ranges over the history of ideas like Rémi Brague. The Kingdom of Man is not just an index of Brague's astonishing learning but a pulsing inquiry into the dreams of our modern imagination. Those dreams, contends Brague, re-worked reality itself and proposed a human innocence that is proving far from benign." —Graham James McAleer, Loyola University Maryland 


First Place, Newly Canonized Saints

Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor by Edgardo Colón-Emeric

"Though the life and tragic murder of St. Óscar Romero have garnered much attention, his theology needs further exploration. Edgardo Colón-Emeric’s fine study brings out the richness of Romero’s thinking on themes such as Christ, salvation, the church, and Christian hope. Richly connecting this contemporary martyr and saint to the ancient richness of Christian theology, Colón’s book demonstrates how Romero's courageous defense of human rights sprang from a powerful theology of transfiguration." —Michael Lee, Fordham University

Second Place, Coffee Table Book/Religious Art

The Place Called Notre Dame Photos by Matt Cashore, Text by Kerry Temple
"Matt Cashore and Kerry Temple bring to This Place Called Notre Dame a depth of knowledge about the university shared by few people. Through the striking photography and engaging prose, we see 'old Notre Dame' in new and illuminating ways. In their pictures and words, Notre Dame comes alive as it is today—and even echoes awaken." —Robert Schmuhl, author of Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh

Second Place, History

Soldiers of a Different Cloth: Notre Dame Chaplains in World War II by John F. Wukovits
"This is a story that is untold and yet so important and appealing to all who believe whether Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or agnostic. It should be read by anyone who wishes to know more about individual sacrifice, bravery, and suffering sustained by individuals during wartime for love of their fellow brothers." —Robert LeClercq, volunteer, National Museum of the Pacific War


Third Place, Memoir

Beyond East and West by John C. H. Wu
"John C. H. Wu's autobiography, Beyond East and West, reveals the development of his thought, arriving through experience at the conclusion that the wisdom in all of China's traditions, especially Confucian thought, Taoism, and Buddhism, point to universal truths that originate from, and are fulfilled in, Christ." —John A. Lindblom, University of Notre Dame


Honorable Mention, Theology: Morality, Ethics, Christology, Mariology, and Redemption​​​​​​​

The Architecture of Law: Rebuilding Law in the Classical Tradition by Brian McCall

"A masterful contribution to constructive jurisprudence in the best tradition of the ongoing encounter between reason and Christian faith." —Patrick McKinley Brennan, Villanova University


Honorable Mention, Catholic Social Teaching

Of Labour and Liberty: Distributism in Victoria, 1891–1966 by Race Mathews

"Race Mathews has spent decades piecing together how an ancient church gave rise to some of the economic miracles of the modern world. With rigor and care, he tells a story that has been too quickly forgotten. And he offers something better than miracles, as well: this history puts past triumphs of cooperative business back within the future's reach." —Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado Boulder


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