On June 25, 2016, during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, Foreword Reviews announced the winners for the 18th annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Two University of Notre Dame Press titles received awards:
Paul Spickard’s Race in Mind: Critical Essays won Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner, Silver, Social Sciences. Lon Kurashige (University of Southern California) says, “Paul Spickard is one of the most innovative historians to study race and ethnicity in the past generation.”
The Letters of Robert Giroux and Thomas Merton, edited and annotated by Patrick Samway, S.J., also received a Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Silver, Writing. In this book “we see the ups and downs of Merton’s literary affairs against the background of the rapid changes taking place both in the church and in the world during these years,” says Paul M. Pearson (director, Thomas Merton Center).
“Foreword’s INDIEFAB judges are the key to our winners selection process, and, in our minds, the most foolproof way to choose award-winning books,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “We work with a librarian and bookseller in each category to provide us with an insider’s perspective on what would do well on consumer and library shelves. Using industry professionals confirms the trade quality of a book.”
Nearly 2,000 entries by independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors were entered in 66 categories, but only the very best were named gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention designees.