Student Summer Reading Program

Join the GLBT Student Summer Reading Program!

bookCheck out six books or DVDs, track what you’ve read/watched, and get a prize bag! Featured on our tracking sheet are Stonewall Book Award Winners, Fiction, Non-fiction, and DVDs!

All materials must be checked out from the IU GLBT Library, and a staff member will  highlight your tracking sheet when the book or DVD is returned.

The program is free and is open to all Bloomington-area student both in college and high school.  So stop by the GLBT Library to get signed up today!

Book of the Week – Branded by the Pink Triangle

“Branded by the Pink Triangle” by Ken Setterington details the treatment and persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime during World War II. In concentration camps, a pink triangle was sewn into the prison uniforms of gay men, in the same way that the Star of David was used to identify Jewish individuals. This book includePinkTriangle_Setteringtons more than just an historic perspective on the brutal treatment of gay men by the Nazis; it also includes personal narratives from survivors. An extensive bibliography is also included which leads readers to other useful resources. “Branded by the Pink Triangle” was a 2014 Stonewall Book Award – Honor Book and is a significant contribution to this area of literature.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic check out these items from the GLBT Library:


Stonewall Book Awards 2012

The Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table, have been awarded to exceptional literature since 1971. Recipients of the 2012 Stonewall Book Awards were honored at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 25th in Anaheim, California. According to the program prepared for this event, the awards have grown with the amount of material published: “The history of the Book Award mirrors the growth of the lesbigay publishing industry. Although in the first years of the award the committee had only a handful of books from which to choose, by 1995 they had to select the winners from a list of over 800 eligible titles.”

Upon accepting the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, Wayne Hoffman, author of Sweet Like Sugar, spoke of the sacrifices he had to make when deciding to write gay fiction: despite being an award-winning novelist, he cannot support himself on that career path. He writes novels while working a full-time day job, and funds any book tours and promotions on his own. When big publishing houses review his writing, he’s been told that they like his writing style and told him to let them know when he decides to “drop the gay thing.” Ouch!

Hoffman went on to explain that awards like the Stonewall Book Awards give authors a reason to pursue queer fiction, and to stay committed to their personal goals and convictions, despite the challenges they may face. The awards show the breadth and depth of what is being published and also gives the small publishers who support queer literature a reason to keep doing what they’re doing.

Want to know how you can you show your support of queer literature?
You don’t necessarily have to go out and purchase all these books or donate to the foundations that give these awards (though that certainly helps!). You can support queer literature simply by reading these books and showing the demand for similar work by reviewing and rating them on websites such as Amazon, GoodReads, and LibraryThing.

Browse a complete list of the past and current Stonewall Book honorees here, and our library’s holdings of past and current winners here. Below are this year’s award winners and honorees that can be found in our collection.

Putting Makeup on the Fat BoyPutting Makeup on the Fat Boy
by Bil Wright
9.404 WRIpu 2011

Recipient of the Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award
Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody’s business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams–makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy’s–he’s sure that he’s finally on his way to great things. But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he’ll have to believe in himself more than ever.

by Lili Wilkinson
9.402 WILpi 2011

Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Honor Book
Ava Simpson is trying on a whole new image. Stripping the black dye from her hair, she heads off to the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence, leaving her uber-cool girlfriend, Chloe, behind. Pink is the story of Ava’s efforts to fit in, and her journey to figure out her own identity through reinventing her own life.

With or Without YouWith or Without You
by Brian Farrey
9.404 FARwi 2011

Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Honor Book
Eighteen year-old Evan and his best friend, Davis, get beaten up for being loners. For being gay. For just being themselves. But as rough as things often seem, at least Evan can take comfort in his sweet, sexy boyfriend Erik–whom he’s kept secret from everyone for almost a year. Then Evan and Davis are recruited to join the Chasers, a fringe crowd that promises them protection and status. Davis is swept up in the excitement, but Evan is caught between his loyalty to Davis and his love for Erik. Evan’s lied to keep his two worlds separate. Now his lies are about to implode–and destroy the very relationships he’s been trying to protect.

A Queer History of the United StatesA Queer History of the United States
by Michael Bronski
2.630 BROqu 2011

Recipient of the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award
A Queer History of the United States is groundbreaking and accessible. It looks at how American culture has shaped the LGBT, or queer, experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating our country. Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, Bronski’s book takes the reader through the centuries–from Columbus’ arrival and the brutal treatment the Native peoples received, through the American Revolution’s radical challenging of sex and gender roles–to the violent, and liberating, 19th century–and the transformative social justice movements of the 20th. Bronski’s book is filled with startling examples of often ignored or unknown aspects of American history: the ineffectiveness of sodomy laws in the colonies, the prevalence of cross-dressing women soldiers in the Civil War, the effect of new technologies on LGBT life in the 19th century, and how rock music and popular culture were, in large part, responsible for the great backlash against gay rights in the late 1970s. More than anything, A Queer History of the United States is not so much about queer history as it is about all American history–and why it should matter to both LGBT people and heterosexuals alike

Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond GenderNina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender
by Nick Krieger
6.128 KRIni 2011

Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Honor Book
Ambitious, sporty, feminine “capital-L lesbians” had been Nina Krieger’s type, for friends that is. She hadn’t dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling–searching for what, or avoiding what, she didn’t know. When she lands in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, her roommates introduce her to a whole new world, full of people who identify as queer, who modify their bodies and blur the line between woman and man, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to the people she once considered freaks, and before long, she is forging a path that is neither man nor woman, here nor there. This candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening brings readers into the world of the next generation of transgender warriors and tells a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

Sweet Like SugarSweet Like Sugar
by Wayne Hoffman
9.404 HOFsw 2011

Recipient of the Barbara Gittings Literature Award
With eloquence and wit, Wayne Hoffman explores the unlikely camaraderie between a young Jewish man and an Orthodox rabbi, in this rich, insightful novel about love, honesty, faith, and belonging. In Yiddish, there is a word for it: bashert?the person you are fated to meet. Twentysomething Benji Steiner views the concept with skepticism. But the elderly rabbi who stumbles into Benji’s office one day has no such doubts. Jacob Zuckerman’s late wife, Sophie, was his bashert. And now that she’s gone, Rabbi Zuckerman grapples with overwhelming grief and loneliness. Touched by the rabbi’s plight, Benji becomes his helper?driving him home after work, sitting in his living room listening to stories. Their friendship baffles everyone, especially Benji’s sharp-tongued, modestly observant mother. But Benji is rediscovering something he didn’t know he’d lost. Yet the test of friendship, and of both men’s faith, lies in the difficult truths they come to share. With each revelation, Benji learns what it means not just to be Jewish, but to be fully human?imperfect, striving, and searching for the pieces of ourselves that come only through another’s acceptance.

Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A NovelRemembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel
by Bob Smith
9.604 SMIre 2011

Barbara Gittings Literature Honor Book
In 2006 comic book dealer John Sherkston has decided to break up with his physicist boyfriend, Taylor Esgard, on the very day Taylor announces he’s finally perfected a time machine for the U.S government. John travels back to 1986, where he encounters “Junior,” his younger, more innocent self. When Junior starts to flirt, John wonders how to reveal his identity: “I’m you, only with less hair and problems you can’t imagine.” He also meets up with the younger Taylor, and this unlikely trio teams up to plot a course around their future relationship troubles, prevent John’s sister from making a tragic decision, and stop George W. Bush from becoming president. In this wickedly comic, cross-country, time-bending journey, John confronts his own–and the nation’s–blunders, learning that a second chance at changing things for the better also brings new opportunities to screw them up. Through edgy humor, time travel, and droll one-liners, Bob Smith examines family dysfunction, suicide, New York City, and recent American history while effortlessly blending domestic comedy with science fiction. Part acidic political satire, part wild comedy, and part poignant social scrutiny, Remembrance of Things I Forgot is an uproarious adventure filled with sharp observations about our recent past.

Annabel, a NovelAnnabel, a Novel
by Kathleen Winter
9.409 WINan 2006

Barbara Gittings Literature Honor Book
Born a boy and a girl but raised as a boy, Wayne or “Annabel” struggles with his identity growing up in a small Canadian town and seeks freedom by moving to the city.

Warm up with a good book!

Happy 2012! Looking for a good book to read before you get too busy with classes? This winter we’re featuring some award-winning books for you to snuggle up with in the cold weather.

The Lambda Literary Awards (also known as “The Lammies”) award is based on literary merit and on content relevant to LGBT lives. Outstanding literature has been awarded by the Lambda Literary Association annually since 1989.

The Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, honor exceptional material relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The Stonewall Book Awards have been awarded annually at the ALA Annual Conference in June or July since 1971.

Here’s a list of award-winning titles from the past five years that are in our collection, with the call numbers included in case they’re not on display. Learn more about each book at WorldCat by clicking the title, and then stop by and check them out!

Title, Author Award(s) Year Call Number
Different Daughters
by Marcia Gallo
Lambda Literary Awards — LGBT Nonfiction 2006 2.5464 GALdi 2006
Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever
by Joel Derfner
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor 2009 3.124 DERsw 2008
The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe
Michael Szymanski & Nicole Kristal
Lambda Literary Awards — Bisexual 2006 3.202 KRIbi 2006
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman
Lambda Literary Awards — Transgender Nonfiction 2010 3.430 BORNge 2010
The Transgender Studies Reader
edited by Susan Stryker & Stephen Whittle
Lambda Literary Awards — Transgender 2006 3.430 STRtr 2006
Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers
by Cris Beam
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor
& Lambda Literary Awards — Transgender
2007 3.518 BEAtr 2007
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade
by Justin Spring
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor
& Lambda Literary Awards — Gay Memoir/Biography
2010 3.734 SPRse 2010
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
by Kenji Yoshino
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor 2005 4.120 YOSco 2006
The Tragedy of Today’s Gays
by Larry Kramer
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor 2006 6.740 KRAtr 2005
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community
edited by Noach Dzmura
Lambda Literary Awards — Transgender Nonfiction 2010 7.708 DZMba 2010
The View From Here
by Matthew Hays
Lambda Literary Awards — Arts and Culture 2007 8.230 HAYvi 2007
The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco
by Joshua Gamson
Stonewall Book Awards — Winner 2006 8.300 GAMfa 2005
by Catherynne M. Valente
Lambda Literary Awards — LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror 2009 9.0043 VIDpa 1995
Mississippi Sissy
by Kevin Sessums
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor
& Lambda Literary Awards — Gay Memoir/Biography
2007 9.104 SESmi 2007
Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism
by Scott Herring
Lambda Literary Awards — LGBT Studies 2010 9.400 BALan 1960
The Night Watch
by Sarah Waters
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor
& Lambda Literary Awards — Lesbian General Fiction
2007 9.400 WATni 2006
God Says No
by James Hannaham
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor
& Lambda Literary Awards — Gay Debut Fiction
2010 9.402 HANgo 2009
Call Me By Your Name
by Andre Aciman
Lambda Literary Awards — Gay General Fiction 2007 9.404 ACIca 2007
Changing Tides
by Michael Thomas Ford
Lambda Literary Awards — Gay Romance 2007 9.404 FORch 2007
Out of the Pocket
by Bill Konigsberg
Lambda Literary Awards — LGBT Childrens/Young Adult 2008 9.404 KONou 2008
Drama Queers!
by Frank Anthony Polito
Lambda Literary Awards — Gay Romance 2010 9.404 POLdr 2009
A Perfect Waiter: a Novel
by Alain Sulzer
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor 2009 9.404 SULpe 2004
Out of Love
by K. G. MacGregor
Lambda Literary Awards — Lesbian Romance 2007 9.406 MACou 2007
Between Mom & Jo
by Julie Anne Peters
Lambda Literary Awards — LGBT Childrens/Young Adult 2006 9.406 PETbe 2006
Freedom in this Village: 25 Years of Black, Gay Men’s Writing
edited by E. Lynn Harris
Lambda Literary Awards — Anthologies 2005 9.504 HARfr 2005
by Perry Moore
Lambda Literary Awards — LGBT Childrens/Young Adult 2007 9.604 MOOhe 2007
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris
Stonewall Book Awards — Honor
& Lambda Literary Awards — Humor
2005 9.804 SEDdr 2004
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel
Stonewall Book Awards — Winner
& Lambda Literary Awards — Lesbian Memoir/Biography
2006 9.856 BECfu 2006