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News - March 1996

1996 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award winners announced

The American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 1996 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Awards. The awards are given annually to books of exceptional merit examining the lesbian, gay, and/or bisexual experience and published during the prior calendar year.

Established in 1971, the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Awards are the nation's oldest and long-lived. The award winning books were selected by a group of fourteen academic, public, and special librarians from institutions throughout the United States. This year the ten finalists considered for the awards were selected from a list of 76 nominated titles, which in turn were drawn from a listing of over eight hundred titles, fiction and non-fiction, that were identified as having gay, lesbian, or bisexual content.

The 1996 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award for Literature goes to Jim Grimsley for "Dream Boy" (Algonquin Books)

The 1996 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award for Nonfiction goes to: Urvashi Vaid for "Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation" (Anchor Books)

These books were selected from a list of ten finalists. Finalists for the awards, all worthy of recognition as some of the best books of 1995, include:

LITERATURE:

Allison, Dorothy. TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE (Dutton) Block, Francesca Lia. BABY BE-BOP (HarperCollins) Cruse, Howard. STUCK RUBBER BABY (Paradox Press) Price, Reynolds. THE PROMISE OF REST (Scribner)

NON-FICTION:

Due, Linnea. JOINING THE TRIBE: GROWING UP GAY & LESBIAN IN THE '90S (Anchor Books) Katz, Jonathan Ned. THE INVENTION OF HETEROSEXUALITY (Dutton) Pratt, Minnie Bruce. S/HE (Firebrand Books) Summers, Claude J., ed. THE GAY AND LESBIAN LITERARY HERITAGE: A READER'S COMPANION TO THE WRITERS AND THEIR WORKS, FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (H. Holt)

The book awards will be presented on Monday, July 8, 1996, during the ALA Annual Conference in New York, at a gala event commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the book awards. The ceremony will be part of the first annual Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award Breakfast.

With the selection of the 1996 award winners, the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award Committee now turns its attention to reading titles for the 1997 awards. The committee welcomes and encourages nominations from the general public. Nominations for the Book Award may be made by any individual not affiliated with the publisher of the book being nominated. The nominees must be English-language books published in December 1995 or in the first eleven months of 1996. Nominations must include a brief statement -- about one-quarter page in length -- as to why the title is being recommended. The deadline for nominations is November 30, 1996. Mail must be postmarked by the nomination deadline. Nominations will be accepted by regular and electronic mail as well as through facsimile transmission (fax). Nominations may be sent to: John DeSantis, Chair, Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award Committee, at John.C.DeSantis@dartmouth.edu.

The Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Task Force is working on establishing an endowment to fund the Book Award. Anyone interested in contributing to the Book Award Fund should contact: Wayne Mullin, Chair, Fundraising Committee, at wmullin@cats.ucsc.edu.


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