22 March 2011

Finalists for the 23rd Lambda Literary Awards Announced

Post date: 22 March 2011
Awards Date: 26 May 2011

The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. The Lambda Literary Awards are the most prestigious, competitive, and comprehensive awards offered to LGBT books and authors. It is based principally on the LGBT content, the sexual orientation of the author and the literary merit of the work.

BISEXUAL — Fiction

  • Fall Asleep Forgetting, by Georgeann Packard The Permanent Press
  • If You Follow Me, by Malena Watrous Harper Perennial
  • Krakow Melt, by Daniel Allen Cox Arsenal Pulp Press
  • The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes Harper Perennial
  • Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers by Ann Herendeen Harper Paperbacks

BISEXUAL — Nonfiction

  • Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Rowman & Littlefield
  • Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women, edited by Candace Walsh and Laura Andre Seal Press
  • Just Kids, by Patti Smith Ecco
  • Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, by Paula Byrne HarperCollins/It Books
  • Sal Mineo, by Michael Gregg Michaud Crown Archetype


  • Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super Tranny, by Justin Hall with Diego Gomez, Fred Noland & Jon Macy Northwest Press
  • Holding Still for As Long As Possible, by Zoe Whittall House of Anansi Press
  • Jumpstart the World, by Catherine Ryan Hyde Random House Children’s Books

TRANSGENDER — Nonfiction

  • Assume Nothing, by Rebecca Swan Soft Skull Press
  • Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, edited by Noach Dzmura North Atlantic Books
  • The Color of Sunlight, by Michelle Alexander and Michelle Diane Rose CreateSpace
  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman Seal Press
  • Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality, by Kristen Schilt University of Chicago Press


  • Best Lesbian Romance 2010, edited by Radclyffe Cleis Press
  • Gay Shame, edited by David M. Halperin & Valerie Traub University of Chicago Press
  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman Seal Press
  • Kicked Out, edited by Sassafras Lowrey Homofactus Press
  • War Diaries, edited by Tisa Bryant & Ernest Hardy AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)


  • Christian, the Hugging Lion, by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, illustrated by Amy June Bates Simon & Schuster
  • God Loves Hair, by Vivek Shraya llustrated by Juliana Neufeld Vivek Shraya
  • Jumpstart the World, by Catherine Ryan Hyde Random House Books for Children
  • Love Drugged, by James Klise Flux
  • Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


  • The Brother/Sister Plays, by Tarell Alvin McCraney Theatre Communications Group
  • Lydia, by Octavio Solis Samuel French
  • Oedipus at Palm Springs: A Five Lesbian Brothers Play, by Maureen Angelos, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, & Lisa Kron Samuel French
  • Slipping, by Daniel Talbott Dramatists Play Service
  • With Bated Breath, by Bryden MacDonald Talonbooks


  • Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, edited by Noach Dzmura North Atlantic Books
  • Ex-Gay No Way: Survival and Recovery from Sexual Abuse, by Jallen Rix EdD. Findhorn Press
  • Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature, by Emma Donoghue Alfred A. Knopf
  • King Kong Theory, by Virginie Despentes The Feminist Press
  • The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools, by Stuart Biegel University of Minnesota Press


  • Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories, by Sandra McDonald Lethe Press
  • Disturbed by Her Song, by Tanith Lee Lethe Press [Interview]
  • Flowers of Edo, by Nene Adams Black Car Publishing
  • Wilde Stories 2010: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction, edited by Steve Berman Lethe Press
  • Wolfsbane Winter, by Jane Fletcher Bold Strokes Books


  • Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism, by Scott Herring New York University Press
  • Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality, by Gayle Salamon Columbia University Press
  • Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary, by Fran Martin Duke University Press
  • Citizen Invert Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth-Century Britain, by Deborah Cohler University of Minnesota Press
  • Queering the Public Sphere in Mexico and Brazil: Sexual Rights Movements in Emerging Democracies, Rafael de la Dehesa Duke University Press


  • Alcestis, by Katharine Beutner Soho Press
  • Fall Asleep Forgetting, by Georgeann Packard The Permanent Press
  • The More I Owe You, by Michael Sledge Counterpoint Press
  • One More Stop, by Lois Walden Arcadia Books
  • Sub Rosa, by Amber Dawn Arsenal Pulp Press


  • Best Lesbian Erotica 2011, edited by Kathleen Warnock & selected by Lea DeLaria Cleis Press
  • Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormina Cleis Press
  • This Is How We Do It: A Raw Mix of Lesbian Erotica, by D Alexandria RedThorn Art


  • Big Bang Symphony, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe University of Wisconsin Press
  • Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle, by Zelda Lockhart LaVenson Press
  • Holding Still for as Long as Possible, by Zoe Whittall House of Anansi
  • Homeschooling, by Carol Guess PS Publishing
  • Inferno (a poet’s novel), by Eileen Myles OR Books


  • Blood Strangers: A Memoir, by Katherine A. Briccetti Heyday Books
  • Hammer!: Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, by Barbara Hammer The Feminist Press
  • Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer, by Chely Wright Pantheon Books
  • She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood by Amie Klempnauer Miller Beacon Press
  • Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, by Julie Marie Wade Colgate University Press


  • The Cruel Ever After, by Ellen Hart Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press
  • Fever of the Bone, by Val McDermid HarperCollins
  • Missing Lynx, by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou Bold Strokes Books
  • Parallel Lies, by Stella Duffy Bywater Books
  • Water Mark, by J.M. Redmann Bold Strokes Books


  • The Inquisition Yours, by Jen Currin Coach House Books
  • Money for Sunsets, by Elizabeth J. Colen Steel Toe Books
  • The Nights Also, by Anna Swanson Tightrope Books
  • The Sensual World Re-Emerges, by Eleanor Lerman Sarabande Books
  • White Shirt, by Laurie MacFayden Frontenac House


  • Above Temptation, by Karin Kallmaker Bella Books
  • Awakening to Sunlight, by Lindsey Stone Bold Strokes Books
  • Beacon of Love, by Ann Roberts Bella Books
  • River Walker, by Cate Culpepper, Bold Strokes Books
  • Starting from Scratch, by Georgia Beers Brisk Press


  • Bob the Book, by David Pratt Chelsea Station Editions
  • The Palisades, by Tom Schabarum Cascadia Publishing
  • Passes Through, by Rob Stephenson University of Alabama Press/FC
  • Probation, by Tom Mendicino Kensington Publishing
  • XOXO Hayden, by Chris Corkum P.D. Publishing


  • Best of the Best Gay Erotica 3, edited by Richard Labonté Cleis Press
  • Teleny and Camille, by Jon Macy Northwest Press
  • Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top, edited by Jerry Wheeler Lethe Press
  • A Twist of Grimm: Erotic Fairy Tales for Gay Men, by William Holden Lethe Press
  • Vancouver Nights, by Hank Edwards Lethe Press


  • By Nightfall, by Michael Cunningham Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • Children of the Sun, by Max Schaefer Soft Skull
  • Consolation, by Jonathan Strong Pressed Wafer
  • The Silver Hearted, by David McConnell Alyson Books
  • Union Atlantic, by Adam Haslett Doubleday


  • Beyond Normal: The Birth of Gay Pride, by Gale Chester Whittington BookLocker.com
  • Grant Wood: A Life, by R. Tripp Evans Alfred A. Knopf
  • Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade, by Justin Spring Farrar, Straus & Giroux [Review | Interview]
  • The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, by Selina Hastings Random House
  • She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother, by Bryan Batt Harmony Books


  • Cockeyed, by Richard Stevenson MLR Press
  • Echoes, by David Lennon Blue Spike Publishing
  • Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, by I.E. Woodward iUniverse
  • Smoked, by Garry Ryan NeWest Press
  • Vieux Carre Voodoo, by Greg Herren Bold Strokes Books


  • darkacre, by Greg Hewett Coffee House Press
  • Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems, by James Schuyler Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • Pleasure, by Brian Teare Ahsahta Press
  • The Salt Ecstasies: Poems, by James L. White Graywolf Press
  • then, we were still living, by Michael Klein GenPop Books


  • Normal Miguel, by Erik Orrantia Cheyenne Publishing
  • The Road Home, by Michael Thomas Ford Kensington Publishing
  • Three Wrong Turns in the Desert, by Neil Plakcy Loose Id
  • Awards ceremony will be on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City.

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