2013 Stonewall Book Awards Announced
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Amundsen GLBTRT
SEATTLE – The 2013 Stonewall Book Awards were announced today by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.
The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience and include the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature award and the Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. The awards will be presented to the winning authors or editors at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June.
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and published by Simon& Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the Stonewall Award winner.
Four Stonewall Honor Books were selected: “Drama,” written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier and published by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” written by Hannah Moskowitz and published by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
“October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard,” written by Lesléa Newman and published by Candlewick Press
“Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie,” written by S. J. Adams and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
The Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award was given to “The Last Nude,” written by Ellis Avery and published by Riverhead Trade.
Four Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Books were named: “The Absolutist,” written by John Boyne and published by Other Press.
“The Song of Achilles,” written by Madeline Miller and published by Ecco.
“Chulito,” written by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and published by Magnus Books.
“Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov,” written by Paul Russell and published by Cleis Press
The Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award was given to “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home,” edited by Keith Boykin and published by Magnus Press.
Four Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Books were named: “When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution,” written by Jeanne Cordova and published by Spinsters Ink.
“Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal,” written by Jeanette Winterson and published by Grove Press.
“Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America,” written by Christopher Bram and published by Twelve.
“Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform,” written by Matilda Bernstein Sycamore and published by AK Press.
The members of the 2013 Stonewall Book Awards Committee are: Chair Amanda L. Clay , Lakeview Elementary School, Norman, Okla.; Robert Bittner, University of British Columbia School of Library Archival & Information Studies, Vancouver; W. Stephen Breedlove, Lasalle University, Philadelphia; Em Boseman, New Mexico State University, N.M.; Peter D. Coyl, Dallas Public Library; Sarah Dahlen, California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, Calif.; Lewis Brian Day, Harvard University Houghton Library, Cambridge, Mass.; Joanna Wai Fu, Simmons College, Boston; Hillary Tess Goldwasser, St. Mary’s County Library, Lexington Park, Md.; Dr. Rebecca D. Hunt, Northern Illinois University College of Education, De Kalb, Ill.; Laurie Spurling, Denver Public Library; Stephen Edward Stratton, CSU-Channel Islands, Camarillo, Calif.; Sarah Watstein, University of North Carolina At Wilmington, N.C.; Zeke White, Baltimore County Public Library; Matthew Ostapchuk Williams, Hollins University, Roanoke,Va.; and Donald L.Yarman, Delaware (Ohio) County District Library.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender professional library community and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender information and access needs of individuals at large. GLBTRT is committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.
For more information about the Stonewall Book Awards, please visit www.ala.org/glbtrt/award.