Hats Off! to Arthur Powers of Raleigh, recipient of the 2014 Catholic Arts & Letters Fiction Award for A Hero For The People – Stories from The Brazilian Backlands (Press 53, 2013), a collection of his short stories set in Brazil. The award was announced at the annual conference of the Catholic Writers Guild in Schaumburg, Illinois, July 30 – August 1.
The Catholic Writers Guild, founded in 2007, seeks to build a vibrant Catholic literary culture by offering educational programs that encourage Catholic spiritual growth and teach Catholic writers about their craft. The Catholic Arts & Letters Award is given each year by a panel of independent judges to a book selected as the best fiction by a Catholic author.
A Hero For The People contains sixteen short stories set in various locations throughout Brazil. Many of the stories were previously published in magazines and anthologies, and several won awards. Arthur served with the Peace Corps in Brazil as a rural community organizer from 1969 to 1973.