ALA to announce Stonewall Book Awards for best GLBT literature

Contacts:
Larra Clark/Macey Morales
ALA Media Relations
312-280-5043/4393
For Immediate Release



January 16, 2007





ALA to announce Stonewall Book Awards for best GLBT literature during Seattle conference

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association’s (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) will announce the 2007 Stonewall Awards for the best gay and lesbian literature during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, January 19 - 24. The announcement will take place
January 21 at the GLBTRT Social held at the Seattle Public Library from 6 – 8 p.m.

The Stonewall Award, formerly called the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) Book Award, was established in 1971 and is the most enduring and oldest award of its kind. Since Isabel Miller’s “Patience and Sarah” received the first award in 1971, a total of 50 books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.

Two books are selected: the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the
Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. Both are presented to English language works published the year prior to the announcement date. The awards consist of a commemorative plaque and a cash stipend.

The history of the Stonewall Awards mirrors the growth of the GLBT market in the publishing industry. The first years of the Stonewall Award the award committee had only a handful of books from which to choose. This year, more than 100 titles were considered in the literature and nonfiction categories respectively.

Originally a grassroots acknowledgment honoring hallmark works in GLBT publishing, the Stonewall Awards became an official American Library Association award in 1986. For a complete list of past Stonewall Award winners please visit
http://www.ala.org/ala/glbtrt/stonewall/stonewallbook.htm. The GLBTRT was founded in 1970 as the Task Force on Gay Liberation and is considered to be the nation’s first gay, lesbian & bisexual professional organization.

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, and the Midwinter Meeting is one of its two national conferences.
More than 10,000 librarians are expected to attend the conference to be held at the Seattle State Trade and Conference Center.

Press interested in scheduling interviews or attending the GLBTRT Social, may contact Larra Clark, ALA Media Relations Manager at 312-280-5043, or Macey Morales, ALA PR Coordinator at 312-280-4393.