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.