2020 in Brief, Hiatus Continues

Greetings, fellow Stonewall Book Award nerds! We missed being a part of the buzz last season. As award blogs like Calling Caldecott, Heavy Medal, and the *new* The Sydney Taylor Shmooze are starting up for the upcoming awards season, we thought we’d give a quick update about this blog.

But, first: congratulations to the 2020 Stonewall Book Award winners and honors!

Winners: When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illus. Kaylani Juanita and The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, illus. Anshika Khullar

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

We’re delighted to see such strong BIPOC representation in the winners and honors. We’re also delighted that even more queer books (and creators) got recognized in other ways in 2020:

Oh, and let’s not forget that 3 of the 5 finalists for the National Book Award had queer representation: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, and Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. Two more titles appeared on the longlist: Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable, illus. Ellen T. Crenshaw and Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve. That’s half the longlist!

As this post’s title reveals, we are continuing our hiatus from this blog for another year. One of the big reasons is that Dani and Kazia are on the actual Stonewall Book Award committee! We’re super proud of them and can’t wait to see what their committee chooses. Stacy has been busy publishing articles, curating influential LibGuides, appearing on NPR, and raising the cutest toddler ever. Alec is on the Caldecott committee

We really do hope to be back fall 2021 to continue this project. In the meantime, Travis Jonker compiled a list of 2020 books by previous Stonewall winners to get the 2021 Stonewall Book Award hype started. We’ll see you next year!

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