Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

18th Lambda Lit. Awards finalists announced


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The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for the 18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating achievements in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature for books published in 2005. Spanning 20 categories, the 100 finalists highlight the full range of achievement in LGBT literature. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Washington, DC on May 18, 2006.

Anthology Red Light: Superheroes, Saints, & Sluts, ed. Anna Camilleri (Arsenal Pulp Press); Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels, 1950-1955, ed. Katherine Forrest (Cleis); Freedom in This Village: 25 Years of Black Gay Men's Writing, ed. E. Lynn Harris (Carroll & Graf); Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men, ed. Wendell Ricketts (Suspect Thoughts); Bullets and Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry, ed. Emanuel Xavier (Suspect Thoughts)

Belles Lettres Quicksands: A Memoir by Sybille Bedford (Counterpoint Press); Tab Hunter Confidential by Tab Hunter, with Eddie Muller (Algonquin); My One Night Stand with Cancer by Tania Katan (Alyson Books); The Tricky Part by Martin Moran (Beacon Press); When I Knew, edited by Robert Trachtenberg, illustrated by Tom Bachtell (Regan Books)

Biography The Fabulous Sylvester by Joshua Gamson (Henry Holt); Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin by John Geiger (The Disinformation Company); Beyond Recall by Mary Meigs and Lise Weil (Talonbooks); Wild Girls: Paris, Sappho, & Art by Diana Souhami (St. Martins); February House by Sherrill Tippins (Houghton Mifflin)

Children's/Young Adult Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto Gonzalez (Children's Book Press); Totally Joe by James Howe (Simon & Schuster); And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson (Simon & Schuster); Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster); Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai (Tundra Books)

Erotica Rode Hard Put Away Wet: Lesbian Cowboy Erotica, edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia (Suspect Thoughts); Best Lesbian Erotica 2006, ed. by Eileen Myles and Tristan Taormino (Cleis); Stolen Moments: Erotic Interludes 2, ed. by Stacia Seaman and Radclyffe (Bold Strokes); Best Gay Erotica 2006, ed. by Matt Bernstein Sycamore and Richard Labonte (Cleis); Close Contact by Sean Wolfe (Kensington)

Gay Men's Debut Fiction Setting the Lawn on Fire by Mack Friedman (Wisconsin); Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann (Pantheon); The First Verse by Barry McCrea (Carroll & Graf); You Are Not the One by Vestal McIntyre (Carroll & Graf); Bilal's Bread by Sulyman X (Alyson)

Gay Men's Fiction The Sluts by Dennis Cooper (Carroll & Graf); German Officer's Boy by Harlan Greene (Wisconsin); Faith for Beginners by Aaron Hamburger (Random House); What We Do is Secret by Kief Hillsbery (Villard); Acqua Calda by Keith McDermott (Carroll & Graf)

Gay Men's Mystery The Actor's Guide to Greed by Rick Copp (Kensington); White Tiger by Michael Allen Dymmoch (St. Martins Minotaur); The Paper Mirror by Dorien Grey (GLB Publishers); Cajun Snuff by W. Randy Haynes (Publish America); One of These Things is Not Like the Others by D. Travers Scott (Suspect Thoughts)

Gay Men's Poetry School of the Arts by Mark Doty (HarperCollins); For Dust Thou Art by Timothy Lui (Southern Illinois); Sugar by Martin Pousson (Suspect Thoughts); Crush by Richard Siken (Yale); Blue on Blue Ground by Aaron Smith (Pittsburgh)

Humor Invasion of Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Alyson Books); Juicy Mother by Jennifer Camper (Soft Skull Press); What the L? by Kate Clinton (Carroll & Graf); Revenge of the Paste Eaters by Cheryl Peck (5 Spot, Warner Books); Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff (Doubleday)

Lesbian Debut Fiction In Too Deep by Ronica Black (Bold Strokes); Manstealing for Fat Girls by Michelle Embree (Soft Skull Press); The Beautifully Worthless by Ali Liebegott (Suspect Thoughts); Crashing America by Katia Noyes (Alyson); Bliss by Fiona Zane (Kensington)

Lesbian Fiction Babyji by Abha Dawesar (Anchor Books); Wild Dogs by Helen Humphrys (W. W. Norton); With or Without You by Lauren Sanders (Akashic); Five Books of Moses Lapinsky by Karen Tulchinsky (Raincoast Books); Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson (Harcourt)

Lesbian Mystery Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders by Alicia Gaspar De Alba (Arte Publico); Women of Mystery edited by Katherine Forrest (Haworth); The Iron Girl by Ellen Hart (St. Martins Minotaur); Darkness Descending by Penny Mickelbury (Kings Crossing); Justice Served by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes)

Lesbian Poetry Where the Apple Falls by Samiya Bashir (redbone press); Directed by Desire: Collected Poems by June Jordan (Copper Canyon); Life Mask by Jackie Kay (Bloodaxe Books); New and Selected Poems, Volume II by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press);   Eye of Water by Amber Flora Thomas (Pittsburgh)

LGBT Studies When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David by Susan Ackerman (Columbia); Zest for Life: Lesbians' Experience of Menopause by Jennifer Kelly (Spinifex); Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch by Dwight A. McBride (NYU Press); Lesbian Communities, Festivals, RVs and the Internet, edited by Esther D. Rothblum and Penny Sablove (Harrington Park Press); Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West by Ruth Vanita (Palgrave Macmillan)

Nonfiction Gore Vidal's America by Dennis Altman (Polity Press); Beyond the Down Low by Keith Boykin (Carroll & Graf); Raising Boys without Men by Peggy Drexler (Rodale); Words to Our Now by Thomas Glave (Minnesota); Women Together/Women Apart by Tirza True Latimer (Rutgers)

Romance Walt Loves the Bearcat by Randy Boyd (West Beach Books); Artist's Dream by Gerri Hill (Bella Books); Just Like That by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books); The Price of Temptation by M. J. Pearson (Seventh Window); Distant Shores, Silent Thunder by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes)

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Fledgling by Octavia Butler (Seven Stories); Shapers of Darkness by David B. Coe (Tor); Daughters of an Emerald Dusk by Katherine Forrest (Alyson Books); Temple Landfall by Jane Fletcher (Bold Strokes); No Sister of Mine by Jeanne G'Fellers (Bella Books)

Spirituality The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades by Munya Andrews (Spinifex); Qu(e)ering Evangelicalism by Cheri DiNovo (Pilgrim Press); The Path of the Green Man by Michael Thomas Ford (Citadel Press); I Am the One Walking Beside Me by Daniel Gebhardt (Pilgrim Press); Fumbling Toward Divinity by Craig Hickman (Annabessacook Farm)

Transgender/GenderQueer Choir Boy by Charlie Anders (Soft Skull Press); In a Queer Time and Place by Judith Halberstam (NYU Press); Deliver Me from Nowhere by Tennessee Jones (Soft Skull Press); Just Add Hormones by Matt Kailey (Beacon Press); The Riddle of Gender by Deborah Rudacille (Pantheon)

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