Dallas Public Library Audelia Road Branch manager Peter Coyl, who helped choose the Stonewall Book Award winners, will speak at the Oak Lawn and North Oak Cliff branches next week.
Coyl is one of 15 librarians from the U.S. and Canada who read about 180 books to select three Stonewall Book Award winners. The American Library Association committee met in Seattle last week to discuss the nominees. He is the only librarian from Texas who served on the committee.
The winners were The Last Nude by Ellis Avery in Literature; For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home edited by Keith Boykin in Nonfiction; and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction. Saenz is a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.
In addition to the winner in each of three categories, they named four honor books in each category as well. The honor books are:
Stonewall Honor Books in Literature
The Absolutist by John Boyne
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez
The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov by Paul Russell
Stonewall Honor Books in Non-Fiction
Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, by Christopher Bram
When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution, by Jeanne Cordova
Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson
Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s & Young Adult Literature
Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Gone, Gone, Gone, by Hannah Moskowitz
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, by Leslea Newman
Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie, by S. J. Adams
Coyl will speak about the 15 books at his own branch and the North Oak Cliff and Oak Lawn branches. He called the books accessible and said people will enjoy them. He hopes to excite people about this year’s best new LGBT fiction and non-fiction.
Coyl will speak at Oak Lawn Branch, 4100 Cedar Springs Road on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.; Audelia Road Branch, 10045 Audelia Road on Feb, 7 at 7 p.m. and North Oak Cliff Branch, 302 West Tenth St. on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.