November Program: “Openly Straight” with Bill Konigsberg

Sunday November 9, 3:00pm
Cairn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1700 Stonehenge, Lafayette

This program will feature the author of “Openly Straight,” Bill Konigsberg. “Openly Straight” is a young adult novel set in Boulder about a gay young man who successfully comes out during middle school but tires of being the token “gay kid.” When he transfers schools, he decides to play it straight with amusing consequences.

PFLAG purchased copies of the book and distributed them to high school Gay Straight Alliance’s (GSAs) to give the students the opportunity to read the book and pass it around, then come to talk with the author at the PFLAG meeting. The books will be a gift to each GSA and/or their school library. Openly Straight has won several awards and kudos, including but not limited to the following:

  • Sid Fleischman Award for Humor
  • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist
  • YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014
  • YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee, 2014
  • ALA’s Rainbow List
  • Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education (Starred Title)
  • Notable Book for a Global Society Award – IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG
  • Georgia Peach Award nominee
  • North Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee
  • Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Teens List

Prior to writing fiction, Mr. Konigsberg was a sports writer. He covered the New York Mets and his weekly fantasy baseball column appeared in newspapers across the country, from the New York Daily News to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In May of 2001, while working for, he came out on the front page of the website in an article entitled “Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays.” As a result of that article, Mr. Konigsberg won a GLAAD Media Award the following year.

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