For immediate release | June 7, 2018

Celebrate the best in GLBT literature at the 2018 Stonewall Book Awards Ceremony

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will celebrate their Stonewall Book Awards winners and honorees at the Stonewall Book Awards Ceremony from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25, in the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, Riverbend Ballroom.

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 Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. Other awards presented that morning will include the GLBTRT Award for Political Activism, The Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community, and the Larry Romans Mentorship Award (presented in conjunction with the Government Documents Round Table [GODORT]). All awards are announced in the winter and presented to the winners at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June.

The ceremony will feature the presentation of the 2018 Awards and Honors, remarks by participating authors, and book signings by participating publishers at the end of the event. The award winners each receive a commemorative plaque and $1,000.

Scheduled to attend this year’s Stonewall Book Awards ceremony are Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Award winners Brandy Colbert (“Little & Lion,” Little, Brown and Company, 2017) and Dashka Slater (“The 57 Bus,” Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017), as well as honorees Melanie Gillman (“As the Crow Flies,” Iron Circus Comics, 2017) and Mackenzi Lee (“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue,” Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017). Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award honorees scheduled to attend include David Deschamps (co-author of “LGBTQ Stats: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People by the Numbers,” The New Press, 2017), Andrew Evans (“The Black Penguin,” University of Wisconsin Press, 2017), and C. Riley Snorton (“Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity,” University of Minnesota Press, 2017).

The event is open to all conference attendees who hold full conference registration or a Monday single-day pass.

For general information about the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, La. June 21–26, 2018, visit the ALA Annual Conference website. Use the Conference Scheduler to plan your time, create your calendar, and find out about many other highlights as they’re added — speakers, events, networking opportunities, and more.

For more information about the Stonewall Book Awards, please visit

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association is the oldest professional association for GLBT people in the United States. It is committed to serving the information needs of the GLBT professional library community and information and access needs of individuals at large. It is home to GLBT Book Month (tm), a nationwide celebration every June and the Stonewall Book Award, the oldest award honoring GLBT books. 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.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world with more than 57,000 members. Its mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


Briana Jarnagin

Member Services Assistant

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)