Notre Dame Press Congratulates Our Foreword Reviews Award Finalists

Author: Elizabeth Self

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The University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce that seven of our titles were selected as Foreword INDIES Book Award finalists on March 12, 2021.

The awards recognize the best books published in 2020 from small, independent, and university presses. Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 55 categories. Winners are now being decided by teams of librarian and bookseller judges from across the country tasked with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.

Notre Dame Press finalists include:

Autobiography & Memoir

  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Between Two Millstones, Book 2 concludes the Nobel Prize–winner’s literary memoirs of his years in the West after his forced exile from the USSR following the publication of The Gulag Archipelago. Book 2 picks up the story of Solzhenitsyn's remarkable life after the raucous publicity over his 1978 Harvard Address has died down.


  • John Berryman and Robert Giroux is Patrick Samway S.J.’s third volume in his trilogy on the publishing legend Robert Giroux. This engaging study shows how Giroux and Berryman became lifelong friends and publishing partners from their first meeting as undergraduates at Columbia College in New York City in the early 1930s.


  • In The Evening of Life, editors Joseph E. Davis and Paul Scherz provide an interdisciplinary examination of the challenges of aging and dying well. Bringing together the work of sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and medical practitioners, this collection develops an interrelated set of conceptual tools to discuss current challenges such as flourishing, temporality, narrative, and friendship.


  • In Theological Territories, David Bentley Hart, one of America’s most eminent contemporary writers on religion, reflects on the state of theology “at the borders” of other fields of discourse, including metaphysics, philosophy of mind, science, the arts, ethics, and biblical hermeneutics.


  • Cecilia Davis Cunningham and Nancy Cavadini’s Stories in Light explores one of the largest collections of late nineteenth-century French stained glass outside of France in The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. The book places, the preface says, “the beauty of the windows into readers’ hands, whether the reader is standing in the Basilica, remembering their visit there, or enjoying the book at home."

War & Military

  • Shabtai Shavit, director of the Mossad from 1989 to 1996, is one of the most influential leaders to shape the recent history of the State of Israel. Head of the Mossad combines memoir with sober reflection to reveal what happened during the seven years he led what is widely recognized today as one of the most powerful and proficient intelligence agencies in the world.

War & Military

  • No Bridges Blown is a classic of military history brought back in print for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War II. William B. Dreux parachuted into France in 1944 as an OSS infantry officer, and in this book he recollects the real people of reckless courage and little training he saw facing impossible odds as they fought in France.

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s Independent Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 17, 2021 at noon EST on Foreword Review’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

For more information, contact: Kathryn Pitts,, 574.631.3267.