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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.)

Read the entire article…

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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

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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.