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Lambda Literary Award, LGBT Fiction

If you have never read LGBT fiction or would like to explore this genre more deeply, Lambda Literary Foundation would be a great starting point. Lambda Literary Foundation in Los Angeles announced the finalists for the 23rd Lambda Literary Award last week. This year the finalists were selected from a record number of nominations. More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous Lammy winners and finalists, and other book professionals volunteered many hours of reading time, critical thinking, and invigorating shared discussion to select the finalists in 24 categories.

I’m most interested in categories concerning fiction and literature:

Bisexual Fiction

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

Lesbian Fiction

Big Bang Symphony Lucy Jane Bledsoe | University of Wisconsin Press
Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle
Zelda Lockhart | LaVenson Press
Holding Still for as Long as Possible
Zoe Whittall | House of Anansi
Carol Guess | PS Publishing
Inferno (A Poet’s Novel)
Eileen Myles | OR Books

Gay Fiction

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

Gay Fiction category will see a very close race as all the finalists are fairly well-written and garnered attention in the gay community. Two authors I have met at readings have also advanced to final round in two other categories. In Bisexual Nonfiction category, Sal Mineo by Michael Gregg Michaud has been made a finalist. My friend Tom Schabarum, whose novel—The Palisades—has made an indelible impression in me, has also been named one of the finalists in Gay Debut Fiction. In his recent visit to San Francisco, before the night of reading at Books Inc, I had dinner with Tom where he shared the process behind writing the first novel. He has also been a graduate of Bennington and worked with John Rechy in a writer’s workshop. He’s always been writing on his own but decided to “decloset” himself as a writer. My congratulation to his success on the debut novel.

You may read the entire list of finalists here. The winners will be announced on May 26.

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for this list. You might also be interested in the Green Carnation Prize which has been started up in the UK – here is the 2011 link: http://savidgereads.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/the-green-carnation-judges-2011/

  2. You are reminding me that I really want to read the Sal Mineo book!

  3. I’m so thrilled to see Malena Watrous recognized for If You Follow Me. I loved the novel, and I think there’s such a need to recognize the bisexual and questioning along with gay and lesbian literature. I need to make time to read some of the other nominees too!

  4. I’ve had Zoe Whittall’s novel on my list for ages: really must bump it up and find out what all the fuss is about!

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