Stonewall Book Awards

About the Stonewall Book Awards The Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award are presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

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Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

2010 Winner(s)

Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America

by Nathaniel Frank (St. Martin's Press)

Frank’s compelling book is a primer on the history and impact of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy on our military. He documents how this policy came into being as a result of President Clinton’s early commitment to overturn the ban on gays and lesbians in the military. He details how this policy has negatively impacted the military, dispels the myths justifying the policy, and explains why this ill advised policy should be struck down. This exceptionally researched, relevant book puts a human face on the issue and is particularly timely in light of President Obama’s commitment to revisit the policy.

2010 Honor(s)

Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman
by Stuart Weisberg (University of Massachusetts Press)

Barbara Gittings Literature Award

2010 Winner(s)

Stray Dog Winter: A Novel

by David Francis (MacAdam/Cage)

Francis’ novel is a gritty and accurate depiction of one gay man’s experience in the 1980’s Soviet Union and as a conflicted boy growing up in rural Australia. Darcy travels from his Australian home to Moscow to help his half-sister Fin prepare for her art exhibition. Unbeknownst to Darcy, Fin is working with an Armenian terrorist group. Darcy’s sexual indiscretions lead to blackmail by the KGB, who are trying the infiltrate the terrorist cell. Particularly interesting are the author’s descriptions of the treatment of gay men in the Soviet Union. This cold war thriller is also a journey of self awareness for Darcy and his half-sister. Francis’ depiction of Moscow is both evocative and chilling with characters and scenery that are believable and vivid.

2010 Honor(s)

Beauty Salon
by Mario Bellatin and Kurt Hollander (translator) (City Lights Books)

God Says No
by James Hannaham (McSweeney's Publishing)

Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

2010 Winner(s)

The Vast Fields of Ordinary

by Nick Burd (Penguin Group)

"The Vast Fields of Ordinary" is the story of Dade, a gay Midwestern teenager, whose journey of self-acceptance takes place during the summer before his first year of college. Dade grapples with coming out, his parents impending divorce, and his nascent sexual relationships.

First-time author Burd writes his characters with an authentic voice that realistically captures the teenage experience. He does not shy away from the realities of the lives of many teenagers. His characters unapologetically drink, smoke pot, and have sexual relationships, which makes them more realistic examples of 21st century adolescents.

2010 Honor(s)

10,000 Dresses
by Marcus Ewert (Seven Stories Press)

Daddy, Papa and Me
by Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson (illustrator) (Tricycle Press)

Gay America: Struggle for Equality
by Linas Alsenas (Amulet Books)

by Dale Peck (Bloomsbury USA)