ALA’s GLBT Round Table Announces new Over the Rainbow Committee

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association announces the establishment of the Over the Rainbow Committee that is charged with creating an annual bibliography of titles of interest to adult and young adult readers that reflect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer experiences.  The first ALA Over the Rainbow books list will be announced in January, 2011.  The committee is currently seeking titles for the 2010 list.  Titles considered for inclusion must:

  • have been published between July, 2009 and December, 2010
  • be suitable for adult and young adult readers
  • show a positive view toward the LGBTQ community through the events and people in the book, whether fiction or nonfiction
  • provide significant LGBTQ content, although the primary focus of the book need not be LGBTQ
  • be of sufficiently high quality that the Over the Rainbow Committee can endorse

The ALA Over the Rainbow lists will provide communities with guidance in selecting commendable books that reflect LGBTQ experiences.  Many LGBTQ titles remain hidden from readers because they are not identified by subject headings and/or the LGBTQ content is excluded from publisher information.  This annual annotated bibliography of commendable books developed by library professionals will help librarians, bookstore managers and readers identify LGBTQ books worthy of a wide audience.

For more information, please visit the website at http://alaovertherainbow.wordpress.com  Check out the following titles  that were found by the ALA Rainbow Project to be exceptional and highly recommended as well as other titles recommended by readers throughout the United States:

* How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity. Ed. Michael Cart. 2009. 350p. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $16.99. (9780061154980). Gr. 9+. The tales in this collection present not only the variety of identities in the LGBTQ community—transgendered, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, and gay—but also the variety of experiences of being human—love, regret, betrayal, discovery. (Note: As an ALA Rainbow Project committee member, Michael Cart recused himself from all discussion.)

* Lo, Malinda. Ash. 2009. 264p. Little Brown/Hachette Book Group, $16.99. (9780316040099). Gr. 8+. Torn between her emerging love for the King’s mysterious huntress and the ethereal draw of the world of the fairies, Ash discovers the strength of her own identity.

* Urrea, Luis Alberto. Into the Beautiful North. 2009. 342p. Little, Brown, $24.99. (9780316025270). Gr. 9+. When all the young men and fathers leave the bucolic Sinaloa village of Tres Camarones to find jobs in the United States, three young women and their gay friend Tacho sneak across the border to recruit seven police officers and soldiers (the Magnificent Seven!) who will return home and rescue them from the drug-dealing banditos who threaten their good life.

Submit your recommendations to the Over the Rainbow committee by visiting their webpage at

http://alaovertherainbow.wordpress.com

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