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Paolucci Book Award

Honoring the best conservative books

Named in honor of the distinguished scholars, teachers, and writers Henry and Anne Paolucci, this annual award—which comes with a $5,000 prize—recognizes the best book that advances conservative principles.

Award for the best conservative book to be presented Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award honors the best book that advances conservative principles. The finalists for the award will be announced in January 2018. (Nominations are now closed.)

The winning author will receive a $5,000 cash award and deliver a talk on his or her book during a dinner ceremony in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The Paolucci Book Award lectures are routinely broadcast on C-SPAN’s Book TV. (Watch videos below.) 

Recent winners of the Paolucci Book Award include the 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, Notre Dame historian Brad S. Gregory for The Unintended Reformation, and Hudson Institute senior fellow John Fonte for Sovereignty or Submission. A distinguished panel of judges will select this year’s winner.

The Award
Headshots of Henry and Anne Paolucci

The Paolucci Book Award is an annual honor recognizing the best book that advances conservative principles. The award is named in memory of Henry and Anne Paolucci, distinguished scholars, teachers, and writers who exemplified the ideal of the public intellectual.

The award winner’s lecture is routinely aired on C-SPAN’s Book TV. See links below for previous broadcasts. Past winners of the Paolucci Book Award (formerly known as the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award) include:

Award Requirements

To be considered for the next Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award, a book must be a work of nonfiction that:

  • Advances our understanding of conservative principles
  • Makes an outstanding contribution to the humanities and the literature of the subject
  • Avoids factional or partisan argumentation
  • Was first published in 2016 or 2017

Submit your nomination

How to Nominate a Book

Nominations for the 2018 Paolucci Book Award are now closed.

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Award Ceremony

The winner of the next Paolucci Book Award will discuss his or her book at a dinner to be held in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The winner will receive the $5,000 cash award at that time.

About Henry and Anne Paolucci

Henry Paolucci, PhD (1922–1999), was a prolific scholar of classical politics and literature. He was a professor of government and politics at St. John’s University and also taught ancient Greek and Roman history at Iona College, Brooklyn College, and the City College of New York, as well as a graduate course on Dante and medieval culture at Columbia University. Dr. Paolucci wrote or edited more than thirty books and was a frequent contributor to national magazines and newspapers. He is well known for his studies of the political thought of Aristotle, Saint Augustine, Machiavelli, and Hegel. The founding president of the Walter Bagehot Council on National Sovereignty, Dr. Paolucci served for many years as vice chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State. In 1964 he ran as the Conservative candidate for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Robert F. Kennedy and the Republican incumbent, Kenneth Keating. 

Anne Paolucci, PhD (1926–2012), displayed a wide range of intellectual interests in her long and distinguished scholarly career. Born in Rome, she settled with her family in New York at the age of eight and went on to earn a PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Paolucci taught English at the City College of New York before joining the faculty of St. John’s University as its first University Research Professor. A prolific writer on Renaissance drama, dramatic theory, Hegelian aesthetics, Spenser, Dante, Machiavelli, and classical and Shakespearean tragedy, Dr. Paolucci was perhaps best known for her work on the plays of Pirandello and of Edward Albee. She was the founding president of the Council on National Literatures. For nearly a decade she served on the National Council on the Humanities, and she became the first woman to chair the Board of ­Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY).