September Nominations!

Here  are the  titles that have been nominated this month for consideration by at least one of our eight committee members:

Brite, Poppy Z.  Second Line.  Small Beer Press.

Files, Gemma .  A  Book of Tongues [V. 1, The Hexslinger Series]. Chizine Publications.

Madden, Ed and Hodge, Candace.  Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio. Hub City Press.

O’Neill, Tony.  Sick City.  HarperPerennial.

Redmann, J.M.  Water Mark.  Bold Strokes.

Schulman, Sarah.  Mere Future, The.  Arsenal Pulp.

Serwatka, Tom.  Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation.  Praeger, ABC-CLIO.

Shay, Kathryn.  The Perfect Family.  Bold Strokes Books.

We’ve moved!

Thanks to the dedicated and magical fingers of GLBTRT’s very own David Vess,  our blog is now on the ALA server.  This site will go away once we’ve moved everything over to the ALA site.  Wait, what am I saying?   Once David Vess has moved everything over for us, we’ll be living their full-time.

Here’s the new address–please visit us there as often as possible because we are constantly updating…or at least once a month: loves the Rainbow Project!

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New List to Highlight Quality LGBT Books

by Dana RudolphJune 03, 2010

The American Library Association last week announced the official launch of its “Over the Rainbow” Committee, which will create an annual bibliography of “titles of interest to adult readers that reflect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) experiences.”

Oh, good. Because there are only so many times I can readRubyfruit Jungle.

Joking aside, it is a positive and welcome sign that the ALA sees fit not only to publish a list of LGBT-inclusive books, but to prepare to do so every year.

The Committee is an outgrowth of the Rainbow List Committee that launched in 2008 with the aim of creating such a bibliography for readers under 18 years of age. Unlike the lists of LGBT-inclusive children’s books often compiled by LGBT-rights organizations, the Rainbow List is selective, not comprehensive, with the books chosen for quality as well as LGBT content. (As a long-time reviewer of LGBT children’s books, I can confirm there are many earnest LGBT-inclusive books whose literary — and sometimes mere grammatical — merit leaves much to be desired.)

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OTR’s Birth Announcement

GLBT Round Table announces new Over the Rainbow Committee

For Immediate Release

GLBTRT , Office for Literacy & Outreach (OLOS)

Fri, 05/28/2010

To read the complete press release please

visit the American Libraries website:

May’s Nominations

Another month has flown by, which means the Over the Rainbow readers have more good stuff we’d like to share with the world.

Here’s what we read this month–enjoy!

Argo, Rhiannon. The Creamsickle.  Spinsters Ink.

Breedlove, Lynn. Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show.  Manic D.

Johnson, Barb. More of This World or Maybe Another.  HarperCollins.

Meade, Marion. Lonelyhearts: the Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Mendicino, Tom. Probation.  Kensington.

Nolan, Monica. Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher. Kensington.

Raymond, Dwayne . Mornings With Mailer.  Harper.

Schulman, Sarah. Ties That Bind:  Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. New Press.

Shepard, Judy. The Meaning of Matthew.  Hudson/Penguin.

What we’re doing!

Your intrepid Over the Rainbow readers have been very busy.  We’ve logged nearly 200 new titles to look at before December 2010,  but we wanted to keep everyone posted on what’s looking good, so far.  Below are some titles that have been nominated for consideration by at least one of our eight committee members.

Check it out–they are alphabetical by author:

al-Herz, Seba. The Others.  Seven Stories.

Barron, Stephanie. The White Garden:  A Novel of Virginia Woolf.  Bantam.

Beach, Sylvia/Keri Walsch/Noal Riley Fitch.  The Letters of Sylvia Beach.  Columbia U  Press.

Beale, Elaine.  Another Life Altogether. Spiegel & Grau.

Bean, Carl and David Ritz.  I Was Born This Way:  A Gay  Preacher’s Journey through Gospel Music,Disco Stardom, and a Ministry in Christ.  Simon & Schuster.

Bergman,S. Bear.  The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You.  Arsenal Pulp.

Bram, Christopher.  Mapping the Territory:  Selected Nonfiction.  Alyson.

Burroughs, Augusten.  You Better Not Cry. St. Martins.

D’Amato, Barbara/Dams/Zubro.  Foolproof. Forge/Tor.

Damski, Jon-Henri.  Nothing Personal:  Chronicles of Chicago’s LGBTQ Community, 1977-1998.    Firetrap.

Dobkin, Alix.  My Red Blood.  Alyson.

Gadol, Peter.  Silver Lake.  Tyrus Books.

Haslett, Adam.  Union Atlantic. Nan A.Talese.

Hodel, Page.  Monday Hearts for Madalene. Abrams.

Kendall, Gillian, ed. Something to Declare.  U of Wisconsin.

La Fountain-Stokes, Lawrence.  Queer Ricans:  Cultures & Sexualities in the Diaspora. U of Minnesota.

Lord, James.  My Queer War. Farrar Strauss and Giroux.

Magruder, James.  Sugarless.   Terrace/U of Wisconsin.

McCauley, Stephen.  Insignificant Others.  Simon & Schuster.

Mochizuki, Aska.  Spinning Tropics.  Vintage.

Neofotis, Peter.  Concord, Virginia:  A Southern Town in Eleven Stories.  St. Martins.

Ostlund, Lori.  The Bigness of the World:  Stories. U of Georgia.

Perez, Emma.  Forgetting the Alamo; or Blood Mystery.  U of Texas.

Plante, David.  The Pure Lover.  Beacon.

Reyes, Guillermo A. Madre and I:  A Memoir of Our Immigrant Lives. U of Wisconsin.

Schenkar, Joan.  Talented Miss Highsmith,  The:  The Secret Life & Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith. St. Martins.

Soehnlein, K.M. Robin and Ruby. Kensington.

White, Edmund.  City Boy:  My Life in NY during 60s/70s. Bloomsbury.

Hello World!

The Over the Rainbow Project is an an expansion of the highly successful ALA Rainbow Project. Over the Rainbow Project is an ad hoc committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

Members consist of librarians whose charge it is to select from the year’s publications, books that reflect lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered (lgbt) experience for adults and to annotate selected titles.

Each year, the Over the Rainbow Project will publish a bibliography of recommended books for general readership. The bibliography will include books published between July 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year. The committee’s charge is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic lgbt content and are recommended for adults over age 18.

Our bibliography is not meant to be all inclusive but is intended as an annual core list for readers and librarians searching for recommendations of a cross-section of the year’s titles. Although the committee attempts to present titles for a variety of reading tastes and levels, no effort will be made to balance this bibliography according to subject, area of interest, age, or genre.


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