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The Stonewall Reader
Edited by: New York Public Library Foreword by: Edmund White
9780143133513 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / General Apr 30, 2019
$24.00 CAD
Active 5.11 x 7.75 x 0.58 in 336 pages Penguin Classics
For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White.

June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969.

Story Locale: New York, NY

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL UPRISING: June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, and New York City has been chosen as the official host of WorldPride 2019. This celebration will be in conjunction with Stonewall 50, NYC’s official celebration of the anniversary. Both are globally-broadcasted events and hundreds of thousands are expected be in attendance.

FOREWORD BY EDMUND WHITE: Edmund White will share his memories of this pivotal historic event and its relevance for the LGBTQ community and the next generation of readers, writers and activists.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO NYPL ARCHIVES: Jason Baumann is the NYPL Coordinator of Humanities and LGBTQ Collections, and exhibition curator of 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation and Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism. He is coordinating a major Stonewall photography exhibition at NYPL to open in January 2019.

HUGE LGBTQ COMMUNITY/CALL FOR LGBTQ WORKS: There are very few volumes that cover LGBTQ history and Stonewall so expansively. We anticipate this text being the go-to historical guide to the LGBTQ rights movement of the 1960s.

LGBTQ INFLUENCERS: We intend to send copies to prominent LGBTQ figures with large platforms like Ellen Degeneres, Janet Mock, RuPaul Charles, DeRay Mckesson, Tony Kushner, Alan Cumming, Sarah McBride, and Roxane Gay.

Jason Baumann coordinator of humanities and LGBT Collections at the New York Public Library, where he develops and promotes literature, philosophy, and religion collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Baumann coordinates the Library’s LGBT Initiative, for which he has curated two exhibitions—1969: The Year of Gay Liberation and Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism. Baumann will curate a major Stonewall exhibit at NYPL for 2019.

Edmund White is the author of A Boy’s Own Story (1982), The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) and The Farewell Symphony (1997). He received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Genet: A Biography. He won the 2018 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

Author Residence: New York, NY (Baumann); New York, NY (White)

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“This window into the daily lives of activists and ordinary people fighting passionately against injustice is illuminating and inspiring.”
Publishers Weekly

“Through his skillful curation, [editor Jason Baumann] offers a corrective for what is too often a sanitized, homogenous, and whitewashed portrayal of academics and professionals about the event sometimes termed ’the hairpin drop heard around the world.’… The first-person narratives collected here effectively spotlight the social inequalities surrounding the LGBTQ community, many of which persist today. A bold rallying cry that should help in the continuing fight for LGBTQ rights.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This masterful collection is perhaps one of the most exhaustive looks at the events surrounding Stonewall from the LGBTQ perspective and provides a wonderfully diverse cast of voices.”
Library Journal

“…Excellent compilation of first-person accounts from before, during, and after the pivotal 1969 riot…THE STONEWALL READER features a diverse array of voices—folks from across the LGBTQ spectrum telling their stories over decades in essays and interviews and letters.”
—The Atlantic

“This significant book does welcome justice to an event that author Edmund White, who wrote the foreword, says sparked ’an oceanic change in thinking.’”
Booklist

The Stonewall Reader gives us a richer, messier, more dangerous picture of the Stonewall uprising, its foreground, and aftermath. The book wonderfully reflects how revolutionary moments rarely get portrayed accurately through single voices, and Baumann has produced here a history worth revisiting again and again.”
—Lambda Literary

“An excellent companion to those famous bricks the patrons threw at police that night in June 1969 (…) aims to correct a narrative that has so often excluded LGBTQ people of color. (…) The book de-gentrifies the narrative, returning the street-smart stories of the original protesters to history. The inclusion of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson in the “During” and “After” sections also subtly underlines the role of transgender people, as they tell the story first of that night and then of how their abandonment by the movement began almost immediately. The book’s mix of familiar and unfamiliar didn’t just re-contextualize the riots for me. I came to understand myself and my life differently. I didn’t even know what I’d lost or gained from these stories and their contexts. The Stonewall Reader seems designed to be widely adopted in classrooms and should be, but, to be sure, it is for anyone, even those who think they know this history.”
—Alexander Chee, The New Republic

“An essential read for any member of the community who wants to learn about those who paved the way before us.”
—Harper’s Bazaar

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