Notre Dame Press Congratulates Our 2021 Foreword INDIES Finalists

The University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce that on March 14, 2022, six of our titles were selected as Finalists for the 2021 INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

More than 2,500 entries spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration. The finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being selected by groups of librarian and bookseller judges from across the country tasked with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners. Read the press release and browse through the categories to see this year’s finalists in other genres.

Notre Dame Press finalists include:

Adult Fiction, Historical

One of the masterpieces of world literature, The Red Wheel is Nobel prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s multivolume epic work about the Russian Revolution told in the form of a historical novel. The action of March 1917: The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 3, is set during March 16–22, 1917. In this volume, the forces of revolutionary disintegration spread out from Petrograd all the way to the front lines of World War I, presaging Russia’s collapse. This book is part of The Center for Ethics and Culture Solzhenitsyn Series.


William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia by William C. Kashatus is the first major biography of the free Black abolitionist William Still, who coordinated the Eastern Line of the Underground Railroad and was a pillar of the Railroad as a whole.


In Gay, Catholic, and American: My Legal Battle for Marriage Equality and Inclusion, Greg Bourke recounts growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and living as a gay Catholic. The book describes his historic role as one of the named plaintiffs in the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell vs. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.


Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience by Marda Dunsky profiles Palestinians engaged in creative and productive pursuits in their everyday lives in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Their narratives amplify perspectives and experiences of Palestinians exercising their own constructive agency.

Political and Social Sciences

In Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy, David Elcott, C. Colt Anderson, Tobias Cremer, and Volker Haarmann present a pragmatic and modernist exploration of how religion engages in the public square. Elcott and his co-authors are concerned about the ways religious identity is being used to foster the exclusion of individuals and communities from citizenship, political representation, and a role in determining public policy.

Women’s Studies

Erika Bachiochi’s The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Visionpart of the Catholic Ideas for a Secular World series, explores the development of feminist thought in the United States. Inspired by the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Bachiochi presents the intellectual history of a lost vision of women’s rights, seamlessly weaving philosophical insight, biographical portraits, and constitutional law to showcase the once predominant view that our rights properly rest upon our concrete responsibilities to God, self, family, and community.

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s Independent Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 16, 2022, at noon EST on Foreword Review’s websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

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