On June 24, 2017, during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Foreword Reviews announced the winners for the 19th annual INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Five University of Notre Dame Press titles received awards. 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. According to Michele Lonoconus, INDIES Awards Director, “Our panel of over 150 judges, made up of librarians and booksellers, read every page. The judges’ feedback and ratings brought us our winners, which represent the best books from indie publishing, and those of particular interest to the very people who recommend books to patrons and consumers.”
Notre Dame Press winners:
Tomáš Halík’s I Want You to Be: On the God of Love won Foreword Reviews’ 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Award, Gold, in Philosophy. Choice Magazine says, “With this important book Halík joins the conversation taken up by Charles Taylor in A Secular Age and Martha Nussbaum in Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice.”
Michael Plekon’s Uncommon Prayer: Prayer in Everyday Experience received Foreword Reviews’ 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Award, Gold, in Religion. Peter C. Phan calls this book, “a gem of spirituality, and I wish that every believer and even nonbeliever can have the blessing of reading it or, better, praying with it."
Bríona Nic Dhiarmada’s The 1916 Irish Rebellion garnered Foreword Reviews’ 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Award, Silver, in History. Irish Edition says the book “is a triumph of research, documentation, layout, and has a prose style that permits readers to assume ‘You are there.’”
Editors Declan Kiberd and P. J. Mathews received Foreword Reviews’ 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Award, Bronze, in Reference for their volume Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Irish Cultural and Political Writings 1891–1922. The Irish News calls the collection, “[a] riveting collection of writings from key figures and unfamiliar names during an extraordinary era.”
A French Slave in Nazi Germany: A Testimony by Elie Poulard, translated and edited by Jean V. Poulard won Foreword Reviews’ 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Award, Honorable Mention, in the War and Military category. Military History Now says the book “recounts the largely forgotten horrors and deprivations conscripted workers suffered at the hands of their captors, as well as the dangers they faced as Allied bombs rained down around them."