Publisher's Letter - July 2018

Robert Ellsberg

It is impossible to calculate the impact of good books on the lives of our countless readers. When it comes to awards, however, the numbers speak for themselves. This year Orbis set a new record by winning 23 awards from the Catholic Press Association. (They include our now-perennial 1st place award for Best Catalog!) Here is the list:

FIRST PLACE:

SECOND PLACE:

THIRD PLACE:

HONORABLE MENTION:

And there was more: three of these Orbis titles were also honored by the Association of Catholic Publishers:

  • Biography, FIRST PLACE: Jim Forest, At Play in the Lions’ Den
  • Theology, FIRST PLACE: Peter Phan, The Joy of Religious Pluralism
  • Spirituality: THIRD PLACE: Frank Cunningham, Vesper Time

Here is what we cannot measure: The capacity of such books to encourage faith in a dark time, a commitment to truth in the face of lies, the practice of charity in the face of wanton cruelty, and—in a time that honors only “Greatness” and “Winning”—the quiet power that emerges from the margins.

With congratulations to our authors, and thanks to our loyal readers,

Robert Ellsberg
Publisher

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