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Stonewall Book Award

Stonewall Book Award
Stonewall Book Award seal
Awarded for "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience"
Country United States
Presented by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA)
First awarded 1971
Official website /award/glbtrt.orgala
and two "homepages"[1][2][3][1]

The Stonewall Book Award are 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.[1] 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.[4][5]

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

  • Stonewall Book Awards List
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Stonewall Book Awards".  
  2. ^ a b c d Stonewall Book Awards: "This Award's Homepage". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  3. ^ Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award: "This Award's Homepage". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Stonewall Book Awards History". ALA. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  5. ^ a b "ALA Book, Print & Media Awards". American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  6. ^ a b "Stonewall Book Awards List". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award: "Winner List – All Years". ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.


  1. ^ a b 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.


See also

Stonewall Book Awards winners and honor books[6][7][8][1]
Year Category Recipient Title
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
1997 Literature Emma Donoghue Hood
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
2001 Literature Sarah Waters Affinity
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
2006 Literature Abha Dawesar Babyji
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 Bill 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,


From 1986 the Gay Book Award and its descendants have been part of the American Library Association awards program, now termed ALA Book, Print & Media Awards.[4][5]

  • 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.[1]
  • 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.
Award name and categories

In 2002 the awards, then two, were jointly named after the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots.[4]

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.[4]



  • History 1
  • Recipients 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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".[2]

The ALA solicits book suggestions each to be accompanied by a brief statement in favor of the book.[1] 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.[2]

Finalists have been designated from 1990, and termed "Honor Books" from 2001.[6] Currently a panel of librarians selects five finalists in each award category and subsequently selects one winner.[4] The winners are announced in January and each receives a plaque and $1000 cash prize during the ALA Annual Conference in June or July.[1] Winners are expected to attend and to give acceptance speeches.[2]


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