Wednesday 24 January 2007

Catholic Publishers Part 1

Catholic Publishers!

This will be the first of a series of reviews of Catholic Publishers and Publishing houses. I will highlight their area of expertise and, to my knowledge, some of their better offerings.

Novalis is the largest of the Canadian Catholic Publishing companies. They publish in both English and French, and have a wide range of books on a wide range of topics. Because they are the largest Canadian publisher, they are not nearly as specialized as many of the publishing houses south of the border or around the world. The authors I would recommend are Michael W. Higgins, and Irma Zaleski. Novalis is also the Canadian distributor of many of the American Catholic Publishing Houses here in Canada.
Scepter Press
Scepter is one of the publishers whose works I have been reading a lot of lately. They are the North American distributors for Scepter UK, Four Courts and a few others. These books specialize in the Spirituality of Opus Dei; they have numerous editions of all the books by St. Josemaria Escriva, and by many authors who are members of Opus Dei. I have yet to read anything from this publisher that was a disappointment. Besides the works of St. Josemaria Escriva, I would highly recommend Edward G. Maristany and Federico Suarez.
Loyola Press
This is one of the larger Catholic Publishing Houses. They have a great website that is easy to navigate and have a lot of resources available. I would highly recommend the writings of Liz Kelly, and the Seeker's Guide Series.
Pauline Books & Media
This is an organization dedicated to what they call Media Evangelization. They desire to use all the means that modern technology has - books, magazines, music, radio, videos, and the internet - to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Well that is a start. Next week I will try to profile a few more for you.
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