Stonewall Book Awards 2020


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Stonewall Book Awards 2020

Jul 21, 2020, 6:15 pm

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 Rainbow Round Table 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.

The Stonewall Book Award was first awarded in 1971 for Patience and Sarah.
Only one award was given, annually, through 1989.

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 awards are named for Barbara Gittings, Israel Fishman, and (jointly) Mike Morgan and Larry Romans.

Between 1990 and 2009, Honor Books and a Winner have been chosen for Non-fiction and Literature. In 2010, a category was added for Children's and Young Adult.

Jul 21, 2020, 6:18 pm

The Stonewall Book Award for Literature is known as the Barbara Gittings Literature Award.

In 2020, it was awarded to Cantoras by Caronlina De Robertis

From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family.

In 1977 Uruguay, a military government crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In this environment, where the everyday rights of people are under attack, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression to be punished. And yet Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five cantoras, women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find one another. Together, they discover an isolated, nearly uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, which they claim as their secret sanctuary. Over the next thirty-five years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. And throughout, again and again, the women will be tested--by their families, lovers, society, and one another--as they fight to live authentic lives.

A genre-defining novel and De Robertis's masterpiece, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit. At once timeless and groundbreaking, Cantoras is a tale about the fire in all our souls and those who make it burn.

Jul 21, 2020, 6:21 pm

The 2020 Stonewall Honor Books for Literature are:

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
War/Torn by Hasan Namir

Jul 21, 2020, 6:34 pm

The Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction is known as the Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award.

In 2020, it was awarded to How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

“People don’t just happen,” writes Saeed Jones. “We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The ‘I’ it seems doesn’t exist until we are able to say, ‘I am no longer yours.’ ”

Haunted and haunting, Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.

Blending poetry and prose, Jones has developed a style that is equal parts sensual, beautiful, and powerful—a voice that’s by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. How We Fight for Our Lives is a one-of-a-kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.

Jul 21, 2020, 6:37 pm

The 2020 Stonewall Honor Books for Nonfiction are:

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters by Robyn Ryle

Jul 21, 2020, 6:43 pm

The Stonewall Book Award for young readers is known as the Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.

In 2020, two books received this Award: When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff; Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita and The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta; Illustrated by Anshika Khullar

When Aiden Became a Brother
When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're going to have another baby, and Aidan wants to do everything he can to make things right for his new sibling from the beginning.

When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

The Black Flamingo
I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.

Jul 21, 2020, 6:46 pm

The 2020 Stonewall Honor Books for Children’s and Young Adult Literature are:

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

Jul 23, 2020, 11:36 pm

I had known only about the existence of Pet and was unfamiliar with the Stonewall Book Awards. Thank you for this thread.