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
and two "homepages"[1][2][3][lower-alpha 1]

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.[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 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.[1]

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]

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]

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 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]

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

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.[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.

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]


Stonewall Book Awards Winners[6][7][8][lower-alpha 1][9]
Year Category Recipient Title
1971Isabel MillerPatience and Sarah
1972Peter FisherThe Gay Mystique: The Myth and Reality of Male Homosexuality
1972Del Martin and Phyllis LyonLesbian/Woman
1973no award givenno award given
1974Jeannette Howard FosterSex Variant Women in Literature: A Historical and Quantitative Survey
1975Jonathan Ned Katz, ed.Homosexuality: Lesbians and Gay Men in Society, History, and Literature
1976no award givenno award given
1977Howard BrownFamiliar Faces, Hidden Lives: The Story of Homosexual Men in America Today
1978Ginny Vida, ed.Our Right to Love: A Lesbian Resource Book
1979Betty Fairchild and Nancy HaywardNow That You Know: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality
1980Winston Leyland, ed.Now the Volcano: An Anthology of Latin American Gay Literature
1981John BoswellChristianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
1982Lillian FadermanSurpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present
1982J.R. RobertsBlack Lesbians: An Annotated Bibliography
1982Vito RussoThe Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies
1983no award givenno award given
1984John D'EmilioSexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970
1985Judy GrahnAnother Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds
1986Cindy PattonSex and Germs: The Politics of AIDS
1987Walter WilliamsThe Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture
1988Joan NestleA Restricted Country
1988Randy ShiltsAnd the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
1989Alan HollinghurstThe Swimming Pool Library
1989Sarah SchulmanAfter Delores
1990Non-fiction Neil MillerIn Search of Gay America: Women and Men in a Time of Change
1990Literature David B. FeinbergEighty-Sixed
1991Non-fiction Wayne Dynes, ed.Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (William Armstrong Percy)
1991Literature Minnie Bruce PrattCrime against Nature
1992Non-fiction Lillian FadermanOdd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America
1992Literature Paul MonetteHalfway Home
1993Non-fiction Eric MarcusMaking History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990
1993Literature Essex HemphillCeremonies: Prose and Poetry
1994Non-fiction Phyllis BurkeFamily Values: Two Moms and Their Son
1994Literature Leslie FeinbergStone Butch Blues
1995Non-fiction Dorothy AllisonSkin: Talking About Sex, Class And Literature
1995Non-fiction Philip Sherman and Samuel BernsteinUncommon Heroes: A Celebration of Heroes and Role Models for Gay and Lesbian Americans
1995Literature Marion Dane BauerAm I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence
1996Non-fiction Urvashi VaidVirtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
1996Literature Jim GrimsleyDream Boy
1997Non-fiction Fenton JohnsonGeography of the Heart: A Memoir
1997Literature Emma DonoghueHood
1998Non-fiction Adam MastoonThe Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People
1998Literature Lucy Jane BledsoeWorking Parts: A Novel
1999Non-fiction Sarah SchulmanStagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America
1999Literature Michael CunninghamThe Hours
2000Non-fiction Barrie Jean BorichMy Lesbian Husband: Landscape of a Marriage
2000Literature Marci BlackmanPo Man's Child: A Novel
2001Non-fiction William N. EskridgeGaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet
2001Literature Sarah WatersAffinity
2002Non-fiction Barry WerthThe Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin, a Literary Life Shattered by Scandal
2002Literature Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre ProjectThe Laramie Project
2003Non-fiction Joanne MeyerowitzHow Sex Changed: a History of Transsexuality in the United States
2003Literature Noel AlumitLetters to Montgomery Clift : a Novel
2004Non-fiction John D'EmilioLost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
2004Literature Monique TruongThe Book of Salt
2005Non-fiction Joan RoughgardenEvolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and in People
2005Literature Colm TóibínThe Master
2006Non-fiction Joshua GamsonThe Fabulous Sylvester: the Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco
2006Literature Abha DawesarBabyji
2007Non-fiction Alison BechdelFun Home: A Family Tragicomic
2007Literature Andrew HolleranGrief: a Novel
2008Non-fiction Mark DotyDog Years: A Memoir
2008Literature Ellis AveryThe Teahouse Fire
2009Non-fiction William N. EskridgeDishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003
2009Literature Evan FallenbergLight Fell
2010Non-fiction Nathaniel FrankUnfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America
2010Literature David FrancisStray Dog Winter
2010Children's & Young Adult Nick BurdThe Vast Fields of Ordinary
2011Non-fiction Emma DonoghueInseparable: Desire between Women in Literature
2011Literature Barb JohnsonMore of This World or Maybe Another
2011Children's & Young AdultBrian KatcherAlmost Perfect
2012Non-fiction (co-winner) Jonathan D. Katz and David C. WardHide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
2012Non-fiction (co-winner) Michael BronskiA Queer History of the United States (Revisioning American History)
2012Literature Wayne HoffmanSweet Like Sugar
2012Children's & Young Adult Bil WrightPutting Makeup on the Fat Boy
2013Non-fiction Keith BoykinFor Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home
2013Literature Ellis AveryThe Last Nude
2013Children's & Young Adult Benjamin Alire SáenzAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
2014Non-fiction(co-winner) Lori DuronRaising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
2014Non-fiction(co-winner) David McConnellAmerican Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men
2014Literature Hilary SloinArt on Fire
2014Children's & Young Adult (co-winner) Kirstin Cronn-MillsBeautiful Music for Ugly Children
2014Children's & Young Adult (co-winner) e.E. Charlton-TrujilloFat Angie
2015Non-fictionScott Siraj al-Haqq KugleLiving Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims
2015LiteratureSaeed JonesPrelude To Bruise
2015Children's and Young AdultGayle E. PitmanThis Day in June
2016Non-fictionKenji YoshinoSpeak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial
2016LiteratureCarolina De RobertisThe Gods of Tango
2016Children'sAlex GinoGeorge
2016Young AdultBill KonigsbergThe Porcupine of Truth
2017Non-FictionDavid FranceHow to Survive a Plague: The inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS
2017LiteratureChris McCormickDesert Boys
2017Children'sRick RiordanMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor
2017Young AdultMeredith RussoIf I Was Your Girl
2018Non-FictionJohn Chaich and Todd OldhamQueer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community
2018LiteratureCat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett (editors)Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers
2018Children's and Young Adult (co-winner)Dashka SlaterThe 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
2018Children's and Young Adult (co-winner)Brandy ColbertLittle & Lion

See also


  1. 1 2 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.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Stonewall Book Awards". American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  2. 1 2 3 4 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. 1 2 3 4 5 "Stonewall Book Awards History". ALA. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
  5. 1 2 "ALA Book, Print & Media Awards". American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  6. 1 2 "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.
  9. 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.
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