Lambda Literary Awards Note Best in LGBT Authors

By Lewis Maurer
Dauphin County Library System

See “Gay Literature at Street Level” with views from both Lambda Literary Foundation and local writers in upcoming July-August Pride Edition of Central Voice.

The 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards will be held May 27 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City. The titles listed below are nominated in the Gay Fiction, Lesbian Fiction and Transgender Categories. Please follow this link for the full roster of nominations in all categories: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/awards-finalists/

Lesbian Fiction
Dismantled, by Jennifer McMahon (HarperCollins)
A Field Guide to Deception, by Jill Malone (Bywater Books)
Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory, by Emma Pérez (University of Texas Press)
Risk, by Elana Dykewomon (Bywater Books)
This One’s Going to Last Forever, by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press)

Gay Fiction
Lake Overturn, by Vestal McIntyre (HarperCollins)
The River In Winter, by Matt Dean (Queens English Productions)
Said and Done, by James Morrison (Black Lawrence Press)
Salvation Army, by Abdellah Taia (Semiotext(e))
Silverlake, by Peter Gadol (Tyrus Books)

Lesbian Debut Fiction
The Creamsickle, by Rhiannon Argo (Spinsters Ink)
The Bigness of the World, by Lori Ostlund (University of Georgia Press)
Land Beyond Maps, by Maida Tilchen (Savvy Press)
More of This World or Maybe Another, by Barb Johnson (Harper Perennial)
Verge, by Z Egloff (Bywater Books)

Gay Debut Fiction
Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal (Kensington Books)
God Says No, by James Hannaham (McSweeneys)
Pop Salvation, by Lance Reynald (HarperCollins)
Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories, by G. Winston James (Top Pen Press)
Sugarless, by James Magruder (University of Wisconsin Press)

Transgender
Bharat Jiva, by Kari Edwards (Litmus Press)
Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show, by Lynn Breedlove (Manic D Press)
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, by S Bear Bergman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Transmigration, by Joy Ladin (Sheep Meadow Press)
Troglodyte Rose, by Adam Lowe (Cadaverine Publications)

The first Lambda Literary Awards were presented in 1989. If a book has a gold sticker saying ‘Winner of the Lambda Literary Award’ on its cover, you know it is both brilliantly written and a meaningful examination of the LGBTQ experience.

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