The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) exists to help thoughtful, intellectually curious people deepen their understanding of conservative principles. And we believe it is through books that serious ideas can best be developed, debated, and refined. Indeed, now more than ever, thoughtful books are needed to nurture and ultimately advance the principles that sustain liberty.
That is why ISI annually honors the best book that advances conservative principles.
ISI recognizes the conservative book of the year with the Paolucci Book Award.
We look for books that advance our understanding of conservative principles while making an outstanding contribution to the literature of their subjects. (See more details under “Award Requirements,” below.)
The winning author will receive a $10,000 cash award and deliver a talk on his or her book during a dinner ceremony in Chicago on Saturday, March 30, 2019. ISI’s Paolucci Book Award lectures are routinely broadcast on C-SPAN’s Book TV. (Watch videos below.)
Recent winners of ISI’s Paolucci Book Award include author and journalist Rod Dreher for The Benedict Option, historian Bradley J. Birzer for Russell Kirk: American Conservative, biographer Richard Brookhiser for Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, British politician and journalist Daniel Hannan for Inventing Freedom, and Notre Dame historian Brad S. Gregory for The Unintended Reformation. A distinguished panel of judges will select this year’s winner.
The deadline for nominations has passed. ISI will announce the finalists in December.