Finalists named for LGBT book awards

Lisa Neff

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists for its literary prizes.

Books from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 119 finalists for the Lammys.

The awards, now in their 24th year, celebrate achievement in writing. Winners will be announced at a June 4 ceremony in New York at the CUNY Graduate Center.  

More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous Lammy winners and finalists volunteered hours of reading time, critical thinking and discussion to select the finalists.

“The Lambda Literary Awards would not be possible without the time, energy, and intelligence of our volunteer judges who put countless hours of reading into selecting our finalists,” said Lambda executive director Tony Valenzuela. “Because of their hard work, this day is a celebration of our finalists, whose outstanding books extend the fabric of our literature and enrich our community. Congratulations to these talented authors on their tremendous achievement.”

The finalists are:

Lesbian Debut Fiction

“The Girls Club,” by Sally Bellerose, Bywater Books; 
 “Megume and the Trees,” by Sarah Toshiko Hasu, Megami Press
; “My Sister Chaos,” by Lara Fergus, Spinifex Press
; “Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation,” by Christine Stark, Modern History Press; “
Zipper Mouth,” by Laurie Weeks, The Feminist Press at CUNY.

Lesbian General Fiction

“The Dirt Chronicles,” by Kristyn Dunnion, Arsenal Pulp Press; “The Necessity of Certain Behaviors,” by Shannon Cain, University of Pittsburgh Press; “Six Metres of Pavement,” by Farzana Doctor, Dundurn Press; “When She Woke,” by Hillary Jordan, Algonquin Books; “Wingshooters,” by Nina Revoyr, Akashic Books.

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

“How to Get a Girl Pregnant,” by Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Tightrope Books; “Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet,” by Catherine Friend, Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books; “Small Fires: Essays,” by Julie Marie Wade, Sarabande; “Taking My Life,” by Jane Rule, Talonbooks; “When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution,” by Jeanne Córdova, Spinsters Ink.

Lesbian Mystery

“Dying to Live,” by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou, Bold Strokes; “Hostage Moon,” by AJ Quinn, Bold Strokes; “Rainey Nights: A Rainey Bell Thriller,” by R.E. Bradshaw, R.E. Bradshaw Books; “Retirement Plan,” by Martha Miller, Bold Strokes; “Trick of the Dark,” by Val McDermid, Bywater Books.

Lesbian Poetry

“15 Ways to Stay Alive,” by Daphne Gottlieb, Manic D Press; “Discipline,” by Dawn Lundy Martin, Nightboat Books; “Love Cake,” by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, TSAR Publications; “Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry,” edited by Julie R. Enszer, A Midsummer Night’s Press; “The Stranger Dissolves,” by Christina Hutchins, Sixteen Rivers Press.

Lesbian Romance

“For Me and My Gal,” by Robbi McCoy, Bella Books; “Ghosts of Winter,” by Rebecca S. Buck, Bold Strokes; “Rescue Me,” by Julie Cannon, Bold Strokes; “Storms,” by Gerri Hill, Bella Books; “Taken by Surprise,” by Kenna White, Bella Books.

Lesbian Erotica

“The Collectors,” by Lesley Gowan, Bold Strokes; “Lesbian Cops: Erotic Investigations,” edited by Sacchi Green, Cleis Press; “A Ride to Remember & Other Erotic Tales,” by Sacchi Green, Lethe Press; “Story of L,” by Debra Hyde, Ravenous Romance.

Gay Debut Fiction

“98 Wounds,” by Justin Chin, Manic D Press; “Dirty One,” by Michael Graves, Chelsea Station Editions; “Have You Seen Me,” by Katherine Scott Nelson, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography; “Mitko,” by Garth Greenwell, Miami University Press; “
Quarantine: Stories,” by Rahul Mehta, Harper Perennial.

Gay General Fiction

“The Empty Family,” by Colm Tóibín, Scribner; “The Great Night,” by Chris Adrian, Farrar, Straus & Giroux; “Leche,” by R. Zamora Linmark, Coffee House Press; “The Stranger’s Child,” by Alan Hollinghurst, Alfred A.Knopf; “The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov,” by Paul Russell, Cleis Press.

Gay Memoir/Biography

“Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo,” by Michael Schiavi, University of Wisconsin Press; “For the Ferryman: A Personal History,” by Charles Silverstein, Chelsea Station Editions; “Halsted Plays Himself,” by William E. Jones, Semiotext(e); “If You Knew Then What I Know Now,” by Ryan Van Meter, Sarabande Books; “The Jack Bank:  A Memoir of a South African Childhood,” by Glen Retief, St. Martin’s Press.

Gay Mystery

“The Affair of the Porcelain Dog,” by Jess Faraday, Bold Strokes; “Blue’s Bayou,” by David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing; “Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries,” by Marshall Thornton, Torquere Press   ; “Malabarista,” by Garry Ryan, NeWest Press   ; “Red White Black and Blue,” by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press.

Gay Poetry

“Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems,” by David Trinidad, Turtle Point Press; “Double Shadow: Poems,” by Carl Phillips, Farrar, Straus & Giroux; “A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, edited by David Trinidad, Nightboat Books; “Kintsugi,” by Thomas Meyer, Flood Editions; “The Other Poems,” by Paul Legault, Fence Books.

Gay Romance

“Every Time I Think of You,” by Jim Provenzano, CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press; “Settling the Score,” by Eden Winters, Torquere Press; “Something Like Summer,” by Jay Bell, Jay Bell Books; “Split,” by Mel Bossa, Bold Strokes; “Tinseltown,” by Barry Brennessel, MLR Press.

Gay Erotica

“All Together,” by Dirk Vanden, iloveyoudivine Alerotica; “Backwoods,” by Natty Soltesz, Rebel Satori Press; “Best Gay Erotica 2012, edited by Richard Labonte, Cleis Press; “George Platt Lynes: The Male Nudes, edited by Steven Haas, Rizzoli New York; “History’s Passions: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, edited by Richard Labonte, Bold Strokes.

Transgender Fiction

“The Book of Broken Hymns,” by Rafe Posey, Flying Rabbit; “The Butterfly and the Flame,” by  Dana De Young, iUniverse; “I am J,” by Cris Beam, Little, Brown Books for Children; “Static,” by L.A. Witt, Amber Allure/Amber Quill Press; “Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormina, Cleis Press.

Transgender Nonfiction  

“Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex,” edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, AK Press; “Letters For My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect, edited by Megan M. Rohrer and Zander Keig, Wilgefortis Press; “Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law,” by Dean Spade, South End Press; “Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past,” by Peter Boag, University of California Press; “Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels,” by Justin Vivian Bond, The Feminist Press at CUNY.

Bisexual Fiction

“Boyfriends With Girlfriends,” by Alex Sanchez, Simon & Schuster; “The Correspondence Artist,” by Barbara Browning, Two Dollar Radio; “Have You Seen Me,” by Katherine Scott Nelson, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography; “Triptych,” by J.M. Frey, Dragon Moon Press; “The Two Krishnas,” by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, Magnus Books.

Bisexual Nonfiction

“Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir,” by Susie Bright, Seal Press; “Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges, edited by Jonathan Alexander & Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, Routledge; “The Horizontal Poet,” by Jan Steckel, Zeitgeist Press; “Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature,” edited by Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti, University of Arizona Press; “Surviving Steven: A True Story,” by Ven Rey, Ven Rey.

LGBT Anthology  

“Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing,” edited by Lazaro Lima & Felice Picano, University of Wisconsin Press; “The Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries,” edited by Mark Thompson, White Crane Books/Lethe Press; “Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader,” edited by Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martínez, Duke University Press; “Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme,” edited by Ivan E. Coyote & Zena Sharman, Arsenal Pulp Press;
”Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature,” edited by Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti, University of Arizona Press.

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

“Gemini Bites,” by Patrick Ryan, Scholastic; “Huntress,” by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; “I am J,” by Cris Beam, Little, Brown Books for Children; “PINK,” by Lili Wilkinson, HarperCollins; “Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy,” by Bil Wright, Simon & Schuster.

LGBT Drama

“Letters to the End of the World,” by Anton Dudley, Playscripts, Inc.; “A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw,” by Peggy Shaw, University of Michigan Press; “Secrets of the Trade,” by Jonathan Tolins, Samuel French, Inc.; “The Temperamentals,” by Jon Marans, Chelsea Station Editions; “The Zero Hour,” by Madeleine George, Samuel French, Inc.


LGBT Nonfiction

“Gay in America: Portraits by Scott Pasfield,” by Scott Pasfield, “Welcome Books
God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality,” by Jay Michaelson, Beacon Press
The H.D. Book,” by Robert Duncan, University of California Press;
”A Queer History of the United States,” by Michael Bronski, Beacon Press;
”Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories,” by Wanda M. Corn and Tirza True Latimer, University of California Press.


“The German,” by Lee Thomas, Lethe Press. “Paradise Tales: and Other Stories,” by Geoff Ryman, Small Beer Press
Static,” by L.A. Witt, Amber Allure/Amber Quill Press; “Steam-powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories,” edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft, Torquere Press, “Triptych,” by J.M. Frey, Dragon Moon Press.

LGBT Studies

“Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex,” edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, AK Press; “Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State,” by Chandan Reddy, Duke University Press;
”Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes,” by Lisa L. Moore, University of Minnesota Press;
”Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality,” by Margot Weiss, Duke University Press; “¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba,” by Jafari S. Allen, Duke University Press.

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