In the same way that the Alex Award recognizes books published for adults that have teen appeal, other book lists and awards intended for adults may contain titles that older teen readers will enjoy. The Over the Rainbow List recognizes LGBTQ titles for adults, but some of the books the committee chose are definitely cross-over titles. Committee chair Arla Jones features a few in this post. –ed.
For those of you who may not know about us, let me explain a bit: four years ago, the American Library Association’s GLBT-RT’s (Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Round Table) launched The Rainbow Project. The Rainbow Project’s mission is to publish a recommended list of LGBTIQ books for youth, from birth to age 18. The Rainbow List was so well-received that we launched another committee last year, whose mission is to publish a recommended list of LGBTIQ books for adult readers–the Over the Rainbow Book Committee (OTR). I chaired OTR for the first two years, and I must say that we have been quite pleased with the reception of the list. One of the most rewarding aspects of this committee is that we have the opportunity to bring attention to so many small and independent publishers and authors. This year’s list has 74 titles, and if you go to our website, you can see the entire list and see the committee’s top ten titles for the year.
Among the committee’s favorites this year are two very different and wonderful graphic narratives. The first, a + e 4ever was written and drawn by Ilike Merey. Merey’s graphic novel was published by Lethe Press. I’m highlighting this title because it is about high school students who are struggling genderqueers, yearning for romance. It’s definitely a book that some young adults might find interesting.
Our other graphically narrated title this year is The Complete Wendel by Howard Cruse. Continue reading Highlights from the Over the Rainbow Book List