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21st Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

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Nominations for the most prominent prizes in LGBT books were announced last night and are comprised of 105 finalists from 72 publishers. The awards ceremony is in New York on May 28th.

Selected nominees below, and full list, AFTER THE JUMP...

GAY FICTION

    * Stray Dog Winter, David Francis, Macadam/Cage Publishing
    * The Torturer's Wife, Thomas Glave, City Light Publishers
    * We Disappear, Scott Heim, HarperCollins
    * The Conversion, Joseph Olshan, St. Martin’s Press
    * The Boomerang Kid, Jay Quinn, Alyson

LESBIAN FICTION

    * The Slow Fix, Ivan E. Coyole, Arsenal Pulp Press
    * The Sealed Letter, Emma Donoghue, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    * Map of Ireland, Stephanie Grant, Scribner
    * All the Pretty Girls, Chandra Mayor, Conundrum Press
    * Breaking Spirit Bridge, Ruth Perkinson, Spinsters Ink

LGBT NONFICTION

    * Me as Her Again, Nancy Agabian, Aunt Lute Books
    * If I Could Write This in Fire, Michelle Cliff, Univ of Minnesota Press
    * Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America 1861-2003, William N. Eskridge Jr, Penguin Group
    * Beyond (Straight & Gay) Marriage, Nancy Polikoff, Beacon Press
    * Loving The Difficult, Jane Rule, Hedgerow Press
    * Drifting Toward Love, Kai Wright, Beacon Press

The rest of the categories, AFTER THE JUMP...

GAY DEBUT FICTION

    * Shuck, Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press
    * Light Fell, Evan Fallenberg, Soho Press
    * The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie The Second, Drew Ferguson, Kensington
    * The Steve Machine, Mike Hoolboom, Coach House Books
    * Finlater, Shawn Ruff, Quote Editions

GAY POETRY

    * Want, Rick Barot, Sarabande Press
    * Please, Jericho Brown, New Issues
    * Fire to Fire, Mark Doty, HarperCollins
    * Now You're the Enemy, James Allen Hall, Univ. of Arkansas Press
    * My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi & Kevin Killian, Wesleyan University Press


BISEXUAL

    * Open, Jenny Block, Seal Press
    * Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love & Desire,
      Lisa M. Diamond, Harvard University Press
    * The Bishop's Daughter, Honor Moore, W.W. Norton
    * Kinsey Zero Through Sixty: Bisexual Perspectives on Kinsey, Ron Jackson Suresha, Taylor & Francis Journals
    * Rimbaud, Edmund White, Atlas & Company

TRANSGENDER

    * 10,000 Dresses, Marcus Ewert & Rex Ray, Seven Stories Press
    * Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), Thea Hillman, Manic D Press
    * Two Truths and a Lie, Scott Schofield, Homofactus Press
    * Boy with Flowers, Ely Shipley, Barrow Street Press
    * Transgender History, Susan Stryker, Seal Press

LGBT ANTHOLOGIES

    * A Casulty of War: Gay Short Fiction, Peter Burton, Arcadia Books
    * Live Through This, edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev, Seven Stories Press
    * Love, West Hollywood, edited by Chris Freeman and James J. Berg, Alyson
    * Our Caribbean, edited by Thomas Glave, Duke University Press
    * Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing, edited by Raphael Kadushin, University of Wisconsin Press

LGBT CHILDRENS/YOUNG ADULT

    * Hit the Road, Manny: A Manny Files Novel, Christian Burch, Simon and Schuster
    * Out of the Pocket, Bill Konigsberg, Dutton
    * How They Met & Other Stories, David Levithan, Knopf Children's Books
    * Mousetraps, Pat Schmetz, Carolrhoda Books
    * What They Always Tell Us, Martin Wilson, Random House Children's Books
    * Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Ellen Wittlinger, Simon and Schuster

LGBT DRAMA

    * Phi Alpha Gamma, Dan Bernitt, Sawyer House
    * Radical Acts: Collected Political Plays, Martin Duberman, The New Press
    * The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, Carolyn Gage, Outskirts Press
    * Two Truths and a Lie, Scott Schofield, Homofactus Press
    * Vile Affections, Vanda, Original Works Publishing


LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR

    * The Archer's Heart, Astrid Amara, Blind Eye Books
    * The Magician and the Fool, Barth Anderson, Bantam Del Rey
    * Wilde Stories 2008, Steve Berman, Lethe Press
    * Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories, Craig Gidney, Lethe Press
    * Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books

LGBT STUDIES

    * Tomboys: A Literary & Cultural History, Michelle Ann Abate, Temple University Press
    * The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington, Amin Ghaziani, The University of Chicago Press
    * Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality, Regina Kunzel, The University of Chicago Press
    * Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, & & the Politics of Progressive Reform, Kevin P. Murphy, Columbia University Press
    * Screening Sex, Linda Williams, Duke University Press

LESBIAN DEBUT FICTION

    * Red Audrey & the Roping, Jill Malone, Bywater Books
    * Passing for Black, Linda Villarosa, Kensington
    * Closer to Fine, Meri Weiss, Kensington
    * Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, Chavisa Woods, Fly by Night Press
    * The Bruise, Magdalena Zurawski, Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press

LESBIAN EROTICA

    * Lipstick on Her Collar, Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia, Pretty Things Press
    * Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, Lynne Jamneck, Lethe Press
    * In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip, Radclyffe and Karen Kallmaker, Bold Strokes Books


LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

    * Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, Susan Griffin,
      Shambhala Publications
    * Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), Thea Hillman, Manic D Press
    * Sex Variant Woman, Joanne Passet, Da Capo
    * Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir, Maureen Seaton, University of Arkansas Press
    * Case of a Lifetime, Abbe Smith, Palgrave Macmillan

LESBIAN MYSTERY

    * Blind Faith, Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Bold Strokes Books
    * Whacked, Josie Gordon, Bella Books
    * Sweet Poison, Ellen Hart, St. Martin's Press
    * Losers Weepers, Jessica Thomas, Bella Books
    * Calling the Dead, Ali Vali, Bold Strokes Books

LESBIAN POETRY

    * Interpretive Work, Elizabeth Bradfield, Arktoi / Red Hen Press
    * Kissing Dead Girls, Daphne Gottlieb, Soft Skull Press
    * love belongs to those who do the feeling, Judy Grahn, Red Hen Press
    * Same Life, Maureen N. McLane, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    * Two Minutes of Light, Nancy K. Pearson, Perugia Press

LESBIAN ROMANCE

    * Finding Home, Georgia Beers, Bold Stroked Books
    * A Pirate's Heart, Catherine Friend, Bold Strokes Books
    * The Kiss That Counted, Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books
    * Hotel Liaison, JLee Meyer, Bold Strokes Books
    * The Lonely Hearts Club, Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books


GAY EROTICA

    * Best Gay Erotica 2009, Richard Labonte & James Lear, Cleis Press
    * The Secret Tunnel, James Lear, Cleis Press
    * Hard Working Men, William Maltese, Victor J. Banis, Jardonn Smith, & J.P. Bowie, MLR Press


GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

    * Bringing Him Home, Aaron Cooper, Late August Press
    * Swish, Joel Derfner, Broadway Books
    * Assisted Loving, Bob Morris, HarperCollins
    * Edward Carpenter:  A Life of Liberty and Love, Sheila Rowbotham, Verso Books
    * King of Shadows, Aaron Shurin, City Lights Publishers

GAY MYSTERY

    * The Fisher Boy, Stephen Anable, Poisoned Pen Press
    * Sundowner Ubuntu, Anthony Bidulka, Insomniac Press
    * Mahu Fire, Neil Plakcy, Alyson Books
    * First You Fall, Scott Sherman, Alyson Books
    * Spider Season, John Morgan Wilson, St. Martin's Press


GAY ROMANCE

    * Mexican Heat, Laura Baumbach & Josh Lanyon, MLR Press
    * Got 'til it's Gone, Larry Duplechan, Arsenal Pulp Press
    * The Protector, N.L. Gassert, Seventh Window Publications

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  1. OK: overworked but lazy intellectual here. Another year, another "I'm going to read the five nominees for Gay Fiction." Not going to happen. If you were going to recommend one of the 5, which would it be? (and if you've been screwing one of the authors, or blowing the editor of one of the books, or rimming the graphic designer for the book cover, you're disqualified).

    Posted by: CTYalie69 | Mar 16, 2009 10:32:19 AM


  2. I haven't read any of those 5 nominees, but I have read The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second (nominated for gay fiction debut). Since you said you're overworked but lazy, this book should be a good pick: cute, funny, sweet and a quick read.

    And no, I'm not blowing the author or anything.

    Posted by: DonnyB | Mar 16, 2009 12:02:24 PM


  3. I hope Scott Heim wins for Best Gay Fiction. The book was wonderful. I've liked other works by Joseph Olshan but I was disappointed by The Conversion.

    And hurray for Joel Derfner!

    Posted by: David | Mar 16, 2009 12:10:31 PM


  4. For the busy reader, don't ignore the Young Adult GLBT books. They're every bit as challenging, but often shorter than average. (Tee-hee.)

    I cried and laughed at "How They Met..." which is a collection of short stories by David Levithan. Really, anything by Mr. Levithan is quite good.

    Take it from this librarian...

    Posted by: Evan | Mar 16, 2009 6:55:54 PM


  5. I'm very glad that glbt books are being published. I just wish that we still had glbt bookstores to buy them from......amazon, while good, doesn't serve the purpose that a glbt bookstore does/did.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 16, 2009 7:03:20 PM


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