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  1. Is Realistic Catholic Fiction a Unicorn?

    December 15, 2017 9:42 am 2 Comments

    The accusation of blasphemy, at times directed at Christ, recorded in the Gospels, has long been directed at writers of Catholic fiction attempting to be realistic. Christ was a realist about his times and the world in which he mingled. He could also at times seem idealistic, e.g. in The… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Catholic writers writing

  2. Ignatius Press Novels

    Shining a Literary Light

    November 10, 2015 10:59 am Leave a Comment

    Earlier this year, it was announced that the first annual Aquinas Award for Fiction would be awarded to Lucy Beckett for her novel The Leaves are Falling. Ignatius Press Marketing director Anthony Ryan traveled to Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee to accept the award on her behalf. The award was… Read more »

    Tags: Aquinas Award Catholic literature joseph pearce Lucy Beckett The Leaves Are Falling

  3. Ignatius Press Novels

    Works of Beauty, Works of Truth: An Interview with Joseph Pearce

    June 1, 2015 1:51 pm 1 Comment

    Joseph Pearce is the author of numerous literary biographies, including books on J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Oscar Wilde, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His passion and enthusiasm for literature is apparent to anyone who has ever met him or read his work. Ignatius Press Novels spoke with him about the Ignatius Critical… Read more »

    Tags: author interviews Catholic literature classics Ignatius Critical Editions literary criticism

  4. John Herreid

    Wolfe, Innocence, Literature, and Rock Monsters

    April 30, 2015 11:37 am Leave a Comment

    In the past week I’ve ended up saving a number of links to read and re-read, and in the hopes that others may also get some enjoyment and interest from them I’m sharing them with you. First up, there’s a short piece in the New Yorker about science-fiction writer Gene… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Ceremony of Innocence gene wolfe Noah Tim Powers

  5. Good Catastrophes, Part 3

    March 9, 2015 3:20 am Leave a Comment

      I’ve been arguing for the importance of a revitalized Catholic literature that is eucatastrophic, grounded in confidence of the truth of the Christian faith and nourished by the reality of the sacraments. I’ve repeatedly referenced Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as an example of what we need to… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature eucatastrophe J.R.R. Tolkien recovery

  6. Good Catastrophes, Part 2

    March 4, 2015 3:13 pm 1 Comment

      What makes for vibrant Catholic literature? Is there something missing in Catholic literature today? A lively discussion on the subject has been unfolding over the past two years. Paul Elie started the discussion with a 2012 piece arguing that we are seeing a decline in serious engagement with faith…. Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Catholic writers Dana Gioia eucatastrophe Evelyn Waugh Gregory Wolfe J.R.R. Tolkien Roger Thomas writing

  7. Good Catastrophes and Renewing Catholic Literature, by Holly Ordway

    Good Catastrophes and Renewing Catholic Literature

    January 9, 2015 8:00 am 8 Comments

      Eucatastrophe: in a word, this is what we need today, for a renewed, vibrant, and compelling Catholic literature. The word, coined by J.R.R. Tolkien in his great essay “On Fairy-stories,” means “the good catastrophe”: the unexpected happy ending, the turn from sorrow to joy. Tolkien’s own great work The… Read more »

    Tags: C.S. Lewis Catholic literature eucatastrophe Evelyn Waugh Flannery O'Connor Graham Greene Inklings J.R.R. Tolkien Walker Percy

  8. Dan at Ignatius

    Conferring about the Catholic Literary Imagination

    July 30, 2014 12:53 pm Leave a Comment

    I really need to do a round-up of all of the reams that have been poured out about the Catholic and otherwise Christian literary landscape since this site began and we pointed out a bunch of Catholic upstarts (not forgetting ourselves!). Without going into it all, though, see how much… Read more »

    Tags: Alice McDermott Catholic culture Catholic literature conferences Dana Gioia novelists Ron Hansen Tobias Wolff

  9. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    A Wifing Housewrite

    July 30, 2014 12:38 pm Leave a Comment

    Lately I’ve been reading nothing except Polish in Four Weeks by Marzena Kowalska, A Pocket Full of Rye by Dame Agatha Christie and, above all, Home Comforts: the Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson.  And I’ve been doing little except housework because when I consulted the Great Cheryl… Read more »

    Tags: Agatha Christie Alice Thomas Ellis Catholic literature Cheryl Mendelson conferences festivals Marzena Kowalska reading reviews Scotland

  10. John Herreid

    Seeing the Hand of God

    June 20, 2014 3:00 pm Leave a Comment

    Novels often fall into the trap of offering easy redemption. The wayward soul sees the error of his ways, has a quasi-mystical experience, and sets off on the road to the straight and narrow. It’s what we want to happen—even if it sacrifices some of the reality of human behavior… Read more »

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