Stonewall Book Award
The Stonewall Book Award is a set of three literary awards that annually recognize "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience" in English-language books published in the U.S. They are sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and have been part of the American Library Association awards program, now termed ALA Book, Print & Media Awards, since 1986 as the single Gay Book Award.
|Stonewall Book Award|
Stonewall Book Award seal
|Awarded for||"exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience"|
|Presented by||the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA)|
and two "homepages"[a]
The three award categories are fiction and nonfiction in books for adults, distinguished in 1990, and books for children or young adults, from 2010. The awards are named for Barbara Gittings, Israel Fishman, and (jointly) Mike Morgan and Larry Romans. In full they are the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award, and the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award.
Finalists have been designated from 1990, and termed "Honor Books" from 2001. Currently a panel of librarians selects five finalists in each award category and subsequently selects one winner. The winners are announced in January and each receives a plaque and $1000 cash prize during the ALA Annual Conference in June or July. Winners are expected to attend and to give acceptance speeches.
The ALA solicits book suggestions each to be accompanied by a brief statement in favor of the book. Those are recommendations or "applications" to the Awards Committee from the public by email, which are not accepted from publishers, agents, authors, and others with vested interests.
Eligible books should be original works published in the U.S. during the preceding year, including "substantially changed new editions" and "English-language translations of foreign-language books".
The Gay Book Award was inaugurated in 1971, recognizing Patience and Sarah, a historical novel by Alma Routsong as Isabel Miller, which had been self-published by Routsong in 1969. Originally it was a "grassroots acknowledgment" of GLBT publishing and there was "only a handful" of books to consider annually. By 1995 there were more than 800.
- Award name and categories
- 1971-1986 Gay Book Award
- 1987-1989 Gay and Lesbian Book Award
- 1990-1993 Gay and Lesbian Book Award (nonfiction and literature categories)
- 1994-1998 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award (nonfiction and literature)
- 1999-2001 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Book Award (nonfiction and literature)
- 2002–2010 Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award.
- 2010–present Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award, and the Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award.
|1971||Isabel Miller||Patience and Sarah|
|1972||Peter Fisher||The Gay Mystique: The Myth and Reality of Male Homosexuality|
|1972||Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon||Lesbian/Woman|
|1973||no award given||no award given|
|1974||Jeannette Howard Foster||Sex Variant Women in Literature: A Historical and Quantitative Survey|
|1975||Jonathan Ned Katz, ed.||Homosexuality: Lesbians and Gay Men in Society, History, and Literature|
|1976||no award given||no award given|
|1977||Howard Brown||Familiar Faces, Hidden Lives: The Story of Homosexual Men in America Today|
|1978||Ginny Vida, ed.||Our Right to Love: A Lesbian Resource Book|
|1979||Betty Fairchild and Nancy Hayward||Now That You Know: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality|
|1980||Winston Leyland, ed.||Now the Volcano: An Anthology of Latin American Gay Literature|
|1981||John Boswell||Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century|
|1982||Lillian Faderman||Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present|
|1982||J.R. Roberts||Black Lesbians: An Annotated Bibliography|
|1982||Vito Russo||The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies|
|1983||no award given||no award given|
|1984||John D'Emilio||Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970|
|1985||Judy Grahn||Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds|
|1986||Cindy Patton||Sex and Germs: The Politics of AIDS|
|1987||Walter Williams||The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture|
|1988||Joan Nestle||A Restricted Country|
|1988||Randy Shilts||And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic|
|1989||Alan Hollinghurst||The Swimming Pool Library|
|1989||Sarah Schulman||After Delores|
|1990||Non-fiction||Neil Miller||In Search of Gay America: Women and Men in a Time of Change|
|1990||Literature||David B. Feinberg||Eighty-Sixed|
|1991||Non-fiction||Wayne Dynes, ed.||Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (William Armstrong Percy)|
|1991||Literature||Minnie Bruce Pratt||Crime against Nature|
|1992||Non-fiction||Lillian Faderman||Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America|
|1992||Literature||Paul Monette||Halfway Home|
|1993||Non-fiction||Eric Marcus||Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990|
|1993||Literature||Essex Hemphill||Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry|
|1994||Non-fiction||Phyllis Burke||Family Values: Two Moms and Their Son|
|1994||Literature||Leslie Feinberg||Stone Butch Blues|
|1995||Non-fiction||Dorothy Allison||Skin: Talking About Sex, Class And Literature|
|1995||Non-fiction||Philip Sherman and Samuel Bernstein||Uncommon Heroes: A Celebration of Heroes and Role Models for Gay and Lesbian Americans|
|1995||Literature||Marion Dane Bauer||Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence|
|1996||Non-fiction||Urvashi Vaid||Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation|
|1996||Literature||Jim Grimsley||Dream Boy|
|1997||Non-fiction||Fenton Johnson||Geography of the Heart: A Memoir|
|1998||Non-fiction||Adam Mastoon||The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People|
|1998||Literature||Lucy Jane Bledsoe||Working Parts: A Novel|
|1999||Non-fiction||Sarah Schulman||Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America|
|1999||Literature||Michael Cunningham||The Hours|
|2000||Non-fiction||Barrie Jean Borich||My Lesbian Husband: Landscape of a Marriage|
|2000||Literature||Marci Blackman||Po Man's Child: A Novel|
|2001||Non-fiction||William N. Eskridge||Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet|
|2002||Non-fiction||Barry Werth||The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin, a Literary Life Shattered by Scandal|
|2002||Literature||Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre Project||The Laramie Project|
|2003||Non-fiction||Joanne Meyerowitz||How Sex Changed: a History of Transsexuality in the United States|
|2003||Literature||Noel Alumit||Letters to Montgomery Clift : a Novel|
|2004||Non-fiction||John D'Emilio||Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin|
|2004||Literature||Monique Truong||The Book of Salt|
|2005||Non-fiction||Joan Roughgarden||Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and in People|
|2005||Literature||Colm Tóibín||The Master|
|2006||Non-fiction||Joshua Gamson||The Fabulous Sylvester: the Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco|
|2007||Non-fiction||Alison Bechdel||Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic|
|2007||Literature||Andrew Holleran||Grief: a Novel|
|2008||Non-fiction||Mark Doty||Dog Years: A Memoir|
|2008||Literature||Ellis Avery||The Teahouse Fire|
|2009||Non-fiction||William N. Eskridge||Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003|
|2009||Literature||Evan Fallenberg||Light Fell|
|2010||Non-fiction||Nathaniel Frank||Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America|
|2010||Literature||David Francis||Stray Dog Winter|
|2010||Children's & Young Adult||Nick Burd||The Vast Fields of Ordinary|
|2011||Non-fiction||Emma Donoghue||Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature|
|2011||Literature||Barb Johnson||More of This World or Maybe Another|
|2011||Children's & Young Adult||Brian Katcher||Almost Perfect|
|2012||Non-fiction (co-winner)||Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward||Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture|
|2012||Non-fiction (co-winner)||Michael Bronski||A Queer History of the United States (Revisioning American History)|
|2012||Literature||Wayne Hoffman||Sweet Like Sugar|
|2012||Children's & Young Adult||Bil Wright||Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy|
|2013||Non-fiction||Keith Boykin||For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home|
|2013||Literature||Ellis Avery||The Last Nude|
|2013||Children's & Young Adult||Benjamin Alire Sáenz||Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe|
|2014||Non-fiction(co-winner)||Lori Duron||Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son|
|2014||Non-fiction(co-winner)||David McConnell||American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men|
|2014||Literature||Hilary Sloin||Art on Fire|
|2014||Children's & Young Adult (co-winner)||Kirstin Cronn-Mills||Beautiful Music for Ugly Children|
|2014||Children's & Young Adult (co-winner)||e.E. Charlton-Trujillo||Fat Angie|
|2015||Non-fiction||Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle||Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims|
|2015||Literature||Saeed Jones||Prelude To Bruise|
|2015||Children's and Young Adult||Gayle E. Pitman||This Day in June|
|2016||Non-fiction||Kenji Yoshino||Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial|
|2016||Literature||Carolina De Robertis||The Gods of Tango|
|2016||Young Adult||Bill Konigsberg||The Porcupine of Truth|
|2017||Non-Fiction||David France||How to Survive a Plague: The inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS|
|2017||Literature||Chris McCormick||Desert Boys|
|2017||Children's||Rick Riordan||Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor|
|2017||Young Adult||Meredith Russo||If I Was Your Girl|
|2018||Non-Fiction||John Chaich and Todd Oldham||Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community|
|2018||Literature||Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett (editors)||Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers|
|2018||Children's and Young Adult (co-winner)||Dashka Slater||The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives|
|2018||Children's and Young Adult (co-winner)||Brandy Colbert||Little & Lion|
- Online the American Library Association presents the three Stonewall Book Awards twice, once in a GLBTRT subsite and once in an Awards subsite. The former treats them as three tracks of one award; the latter presents two Stonewall Book Awards for literature and nonfiction (adult books) and another one in parallel for children's and young adults books. References to both sets of webpages are provided here.
- "Stonewall Book Awards". American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2009-03-07.
- Stonewall Book Awards: "This Award's Homepage". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award: "This Award's Homepage". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- "Stonewall Book Awards History". ALA. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
- "ALA Book, Print & Media Awards". American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- "Stonewall Book Awards List". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- Stonewall Book Awards: "Winner List – All Years". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05. This table lists winners and honor books without distinguishing the Gittings Literature and Fishman Non-Fiction tracks.
- Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award: "Winner List – All Years". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- BJARNAGIN (2018-02-13). "2018 Barbara Gittings Literature Award and Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award of the Stonewall Book Awards Announced". News and Press Center. Retrieved 2018-02-14.