LA ROCHE COLLEGE PROFESSOR EMERITUS WINS FOREWORD REVIEWS’ BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2013 – A book written by Edward T. Brett, Ph.D., La Roche College professor emeritus of history, has won ForeWord Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year Award.
A panel of librarians and booksellers from around the country judge book finalists by evaluating their editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials, and how the book’s title adds value to its particular genre. According to ForeWord Reviews, Book of the Year winners demonstrate the best work produced by today’s independent, university and small press communities.
Dr. Brett’s book, “The New Orleans Sisters of the Holy Family: African American Missionaries to the Garifuna of Belize,” received the Bronze Award in the religion category. Published by University of Notre Dame Press, the book is an account of the 110-year mission of the first African American Catholics to serve as missionaries.
“The value of the book is that these sisters were African American sisters. They had to face both racism and gender inequality within society and within the Catholic Church,” Dr. Brett said. “It’s rather amazing how these sisters were able to deal with these obstructions and do such incredible work both in Belize and the southern part of the United States. Some of what’s going on today we can see in their history. I think the people who decided on this award feel that is what makes this work more relevant.”
“The New Orleans Sisters of the Holy Family” was one of 248 winners announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June of 2013. Read more about Dr. Brett’s book at undpress.nd.edu.
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