2023 Bill Konigsberg Award Recipient
ALAN’s 2023 recipient of the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature is Nicole Lintemuth!!
Nicole is a fierce advocate for putting books in the hands that need them. She describes her book store as a place where everyone can see themselves on the shelves and challenges her customers to engage with diverse books through book clubs and events. An active Tik Tokker, she also encourages followers to stand up to book banners at school board meetings and county commission meetings. In a small, conservative town, she helped organize her community’s first Pride event, which continues to grow. We feel she embodies the spirit of the Konigsberg Award as selflessly and bravely acts to amplify the voices of others.
The Konigsberg Award, established in 2018, is presented annually to an individual who has acted in selfless advocacy of marginalized youth through the creation, teaching, funding or other form of promotion of young adult literature. This award was initiated to recognize individuals standing up for groups of young people who are victimized by hate speech or actions. For wielding the power of young adult literature with thought and intention to make the world a better place, the winner will be recognized at the ALAN Breakfast.