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Michael Novak Honored at Union League Club in New York

Michael Novak, a resident of Ave Maria for many years, has received another honor, this one the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award which is given to "outstanding American authors" by the Union League Club on New York City.

The award was established in 1977 and was last bestowed in 2007. Its past recipients included John Updike, Neil Simon, Tom Clancy, James Michener, Henry Kissinger and P.J. O'Rourke.

novak-300According to the Union League Club's Library Committee, Mr. Novak was chosen "in acknowledgement of his vast and important body of work contained in 45 books covering topics of political ideology, philosophy, religion, ethics, economics, sports, history and morality."

"It is an incredible privilege to receive the Lincoln Literary Award," Mr. Novak said after receiving the award Sept. 12. "I am humbled to join the ranks of so many talented and influential writers."

The event began with a signing of Mr. Novak's latest book, Social Justice Isn't What You Think It Is which he co-authored with Ave Maria resident Paul Adams.(right, Mr. Novak at the book signing) At the sold-out dinner following, Mr. Novak shared his experience and anecdotes on his personal relationships with former British Prime Minsiter Margaret Thatcher, President Ronald Reagan, and St. John Paul II.

Mr. Novak lived in Ave Maria for more than five years and taught as a visiting professor at Ave Maria University. He currently is a visiting professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. although he retains ties to the Ave Maria community and indicated he may return after a year at CUA.

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