2014 Stonewall Book Awards announced
For Immediate Release
John L. Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
PHILADELPHIA — The 2014 Stonewall Book Awards were announced yesterday and today by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
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 Las Vegas in June.
“The Stonewall Book Awards try to represent the best books about GLBT people. This year the committee has selected a number of powerful and impressive titles that we hope will entertain, educate and broaden the readers horizons,” said Stonewall Book Awards Committee Chair Peter Coyl.
The Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, part of the ALA Youth Media Awards, was presented to two titles:
- “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children,” written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. and
- “Fat Angie,” written by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and published by Candlewick Press.
Three Stonewall Book Awards - Children’s and Young Adult Award Honor Books were named:
- “Better Nate than Ever,” written by Tim Federle and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
- “Branded by the Pink Triangle,” written by Ken Setterington and published by Second Story Press.
- “Two Boys Kissing,” written by David Levithan and published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.
The Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award was given to “Art on Fire,” written by Hilary Sloin and published by Bywater Books.
Three Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Books were named:
- “A Strange and Separate People,” written by Jon Marans and published by Chelsea Station Editions.
- “Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club,” written by Benjamin Alire Saenz and published by Cinco Puntos Press.
- “The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdel,” written by William Klaber and published by Greenleaf Book Group Press, an imprint of Greenleaf Book Group.
The Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award was given to two titles:
- “American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage among Men,” written by David McConnell and published by Akashic Books and
- “Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son,” written by Lori Duron and published by Broadway Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, Inc.
Two Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Books were named:
- “A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World,” written by R.B. Parkinson and published by Columbia University Press.
- “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father,” written by Alysia Abbott and published by W.W. Norton and Company.
The members of the 2014 Stonewall Book Awards Committee are: Chair Peter D. Coyl, Dallas Public Library; Amanda Clay, Greenville S.C.; Ellen M. Bosman, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.; Gina Hernandez, Santa Clarita (Calif.) Public Library; Rebecca D. Hunt, Northern Illinois University, College of Education, DeKalb, Ill.; Joel A. Nichols, Free Library of Philadelphia; Holly Okuhara, Weber County Library System, Ogden, Utah; David Suarez, Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Spartanburg, S.C.; Sarah Barbara Watstein, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, N.C.; Zeke White, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, Md.; 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/stonewall.