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Two Apprentice House books receive national awards

| By Nick Alexopulos
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Cover designs by Samantha Garvey, '13, and Cheslea McGuckin, '13.

Books published by Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House recently received top category awards from Foreword Magazine and the Catholic Press Association.

Author Jay Sullivan’s Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge was named “Best Book from a Small Publisher” by the Catholic Press Association in the 2014 Catholic Press Awards. The book chronicles Sullivan’s firsthand experience serving as ‘the only big brother’ to 250 boys at an orphanage run by nuns in Kingston, Jamaica. For two years in the mid-1980s, Sullivan followed the relationships the boys built with each other that kept them from being completely alone in the world.

Foreword Magazine named Katey Schultz’s Flashes of War: Short Stories the ‘Gold’ winner in the 2013 IndieFab Awards war and military category. The collection of short stories questions the stereotypes of modern war by bearing witness to the shared struggles of all who are touched by it.

“This is quite an honor for two incredible books, and the awards further recognize Apprentice House as a quality and respected press,” said Kevin Atticks, Ph.D., Apprentice House director.

Raising Gentle Men has been adopted by Scranton University as its common text and has been used by numerous colleges to prepare students embarking on service learning trips. All of the author’s proceeds from the book go to support the work of the Mercy Sisters and the Jesuits in Jamaica.

In addition to the IndieFab award, Flashes of War was named 2013 “Best Literary Fiction Book of the Year” by the Military Writers Society of America.

About Apprentice House:
Apprentice House is the nation’s first entirely student-managed book publisher. Students at Loyola University Maryland are responsible for every aspect of the publishing process, from acquisitions to design and publication of every book. The mission of Apprentice House is, first and foremost, to educate students about the book publishing process. As a program within the communication department at Loyola, it is driven by student work conducted in three academic courses. The students in these courses serve as staff in Apprentice House’s acquisitions, design, and marketing departments. After students move on, professor-managers and student staff sustain the ongoing operation of the company and market its frontlist and backlist titles.

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