Lambda Literary Award winners announced

Each year, the Lambda Literary Foundation honors authors who write on LGBT topics. This year’s winners were announced at the end of May.
About the awards:

The Lambda Literary Awards seek to recognize excellence in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. Each year, over 80 judges — writers, booksellers, librarians, journalists — assess the entries in more than 20 categories.

I love this particular award because I find it a good suggested reading list for LGBT books.
Full list of winners after the jump.


21st LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNERS for BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2008
TRANSGENDER
Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), Thea Hillman, Manic D Press
BISEXUAL
Open, Jenny Block, Seal Press
LGBT ANTHOLOGIES
Our Caribbean, edited by Thomas Glave, Duke University Press
LGBT CHILDRENS/YOUNG ADULT
Out of the Pocket, Bill Konigsberg, Dutton
LGBT DRAMA
The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, Carolyn Gage, Outskirts Press
LGBT NONFICTION
Loving The Difficult, Jane Rule, Hedgerow Press
LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR
Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books
LGBT STUDIES
Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality, Regina Kunzel, U. of Chicago Press
LESBIAN DEBUT FICTION
The Bruise, Magdalena Zurawski, Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press
LESBIAN EROTICA
In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip, Radclyffe and Karen Kallmaker, Bold Strokes Books
LESBIAN FICTION (a tie!)
The Sealed Letter, Emma Donoghue, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
All the Pretty Girls, Chandra Mayor, Conundrum Press
LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY
Sex Talks to Girls, Maureen Seaton, University of Arkansas Press
LESBIAN MYSTERY
Whacked, Josie Gordon, Bella Books
LESBIAN POETRY
love belongs to those who do the feeling, Judy Grahn, Red Hen Press
LESBIAN ROMANCE
The Kiss That Counted, Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books
GAY DEBUT FICTION
Finlater, Shawn Ruff, Quote Editions
GAY EROTICA
Best Gay Erotica 2009, Richard Labonte & James Lear, Cleis Press
GAY FICTION
We Disappear, Scott Heim, HarperCollins
GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY
Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, Sheila Rowbotham, Verso Books
GAY MYSTERY
First You Fall, Scott Sherman, Alyson Books
GAY POETRY (a tie!)
Fire to Fire, Mark Doty, HarperCollins
Now You’re the Enemy, James Allen Hall, University of Arkansas Press
GAY ROMANCE
Got ’til it’s Gone, Larry Duplechan, Arsenal Pulp Press

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3 Comments

  1. ginasf
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Much as I respect Thea Hillman as a writer and performer and was moved by her book “Intersex: for lack of a better word” it had nothing to do with the “transgender” category, nor do I think Intersex is in any way a subcategory of transgender. Just because the Lambda awards can’t find the right category for the more “minor initials” under the umbrella doesn’t mean they should stuff us all together, thereby disrespecting us in totality. Moreover, I was disappointed Katrina Karkazis’ work “Fixing Sex” wasn’t an award winner this year, since it was, perhaps, the most important work on Intersex people and their complex relationship with the medical community ever written. It was a powerful study of complex conflicting interests–societal, medical establishment, familial and, especially, the Intersex individuals themselves which carefully threaded through this contentious and complex subject and was copiously researched. I can’t imagine it being done much better. Hillman’s book is a wonderful meditation about body and identity and, while it certainly touches on Intersex issues, the title is an ironic take on whether her condition is even formally considered Intersex (which, in the medical sense, it usually isn’t… but Hillman disagrees). They’re very different works but I hate to see a much needed, major study on Intersex and medicine being ignored.

  2. Carrie Mitchell
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    James Allen Hall, winner in the Gay Poetry category, was a dear friend and professor at my small liberal arts college when he was writing “Now You’re the Enemy.” He’s an amazing person, and that collection is fantastic, one of my treasured possessions with an amazing inscription from him. It’s absolutely beautiful, as is he.

  3. konkonsn
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this. I’m into LGBT urban fantasy, but it’s hard to find good stuff in the urban fantasy community alone, let alone a sub-section of it. Too bad only one library in my state has it. -_-
    Might have to poney-up and buy it.

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