Alex Blaze

2009 Lambda Literary Awards nominees

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 16, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: beyond marriage, lambda literary awards, limbda literary foundation, Nancy Polikoff

The Lambda Literary Foundation has come out with its list of nominees for this years awards. Congratulations to Bilerico contributor Nancy Polikoff on her well-deserved nomination for Beyond (Straight or Gay) Marriage.

The rest of the nominees are after the jump. It might help you find some good LGBTQ reading.


Open, Jenny Block, Seal Press
Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love & Desire,
Lisa M. Diamond, Harvard University Press
The Bishop's Daughter, Honor Moore, W.W. Norton
Kinsey Zero Through Sixty: Bisexual Perspectives on Kinsey, Ron Jackson Suresha, Taylor & Francis Journals
Rimbaud, Edmund White, Atlas & Company


10,000 Dresses, Marcus Ewert & Rex Ray, Seven Stories Press
Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), Thea Hillman, Manic D Press
Two Truths and a Lie, Scott Schofield, Homofactus Press
Boy with Flowers, Ely Shipley, Barrow Street Press
Transgender History, Susan Stryker, Seal Press


A Casulty of War: Gay Short Fiction, Peter Burton, Arcadia Books
Live Through This, edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev, Seven Stories Press
Love, West Hollywood, edited by Chris Freeman and James J. Berg, Alyson
Our Caribbean, edited by Thomas Glave, Duke University Press
Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing, edited by Raphael Kadushin, University of Wisconsin Press


Hit the Road, Manny: A Manny Files Novel, Christian Burch, Simon and Schuster
Out of the Pocket, Bill Konigsberg, Dutton
How They Met & Other Stories, David Levithan, Knopf Children's Books
Mousetraps, Pat Schmetz, Carolrhoda Books
What They Always Tell Us, Martin Wilson, Random House Children's Books
Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Ellen Wittlinger, Simon and Schuster


Phi Alpha Gamma, Dan Bernitt, Sawyer House
Radical Acts: Collected Political Plays, Martin Duberman, The New Press
The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, Carolyn Gage, Outskirts Press
Two Truths and a Lie, Scott Schofield, Homofactus Press
Vile Affections, Vanda, Original Works Publishing


Me as Her Again, Nancy Agabian, Aunt Lute Books
If I Could Write This in Fire, Michelle Cliff, Univ of Minnesota Press
Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America 1861-2003, William N. Eskridge Jr, Penguin Group
Beyond (Straight & Gay) Marriage, Nancy Polikoff, Beacon Press
Loving The Difficult, Jane Rule, Hedgerow Press
Drifting Toward Love, Kai Wright, Beacon Press


The Archer's Heart, Astrid Amara, Blind Eye Books
The Magician and the Fool, Barth Anderson, Bantam Del Rey
Wilde Stories 2008, Steve Berman, Lethe Press
Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories, Craig Gidney, Lethe Press
Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books


Tomboys: A Literary & Cultural History, Michelle Ann Abate, Temple University Press
The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington, Amin Ghaziani, The University of Chicago Press
Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality, Regina Kunzel, The University of Chicago Press
Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, & & the Politics of Progressive Reform, Kevin P. Murphy, Columbia University Press
Screening Sex, Linda Williams, Duke University Press


Red Audrey & the Roping, Jill Malone, Bywater Books
Passing for Black, Linda Villarosa, Kensington
Closer to Fine, Meri Weiss, Kensington
Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, Chavisa Woods, Fly by Night Press
The Bruise, Magdalena Zurawski, Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press


Lipstick on Her Collar, Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia, Pretty Things Press
Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, Lynne Jamneck, Lethe Press
In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip, Radclyffe and Karen Kallmaker, Bold Strokes Books


The Slow Fix, Ivan E. Coyole, Arsenal Pulp Press
The Sealed Letter, Emma Donoghue, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Map of Ireland, Stephanie Grant, Scribner
All the Pretty Girls, Chandra Mayor, Conundrum Press
Breaking Spirit Bridge, Ruth Perkinson, Spinsters Ink


Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, Susan Griffin,
Shambhala Publications
Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), Thea Hillman, Manic D Press
Sex Variant Woman, Joanne Passet, Da Capo
Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir, Maureen Seaton, University of Arkansas Press
Case of a Lifetime, Abbe Smith, Palgrave Macmillan


Blind Faith, Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Bold Strokes Books
Whacked, Josie Gordon, Bella Books
Sweet Poison, Ellen Hart, St. Martin's Press
Losers Weepers, Jessica Thomas, Bella Books
Calling the Dead, Ali Vali, Bold Strokes Books


Interpretive Work, Elizabeth Bradfield, Arktoi / Red Hen Press
Kissing Dead Girls, Daphne Gottlieb, Soft Skull Press
love belongs to those who do the feeling, Judy Grahn, Red Hen Press
Same Life, Maureen N. McLane, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Two Minutes of Light, Nancy K. Pearson, Perugia Press


Finding Home, Georgia Beers, Bold Stroked Books
A Pirate's Heart, Catherine Friend, Bold Strokes Books
The Kiss That Counted, Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books
Hotel Liaison, JLee Meyer, Bold Strokes Books
The Lonely Hearts Club, Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books


Shuck, Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press
Light Fell, Evan Fallenberg, Soho Press
The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie The Second, Drew Ferguson, Kensington
The Steve Machine, Mike Hoolboom, Coach House Books
Finlater, Shawn Ruff, Quote Editions


Best Gay Erotica 2009, Richard Labonte & James Lear, Cleis Press
The Secret Tunnel, James Lear, Cleis Press
Hard Working Men, William Maltese, Victor J. Banis, Jardonn Smith, & J.P. Bowie, MLR Press


Stray Dog Winter, David Francis, Macadam/Cage Publishing
The Torturer's Wife, Thomas Glave, City Light Publishers
We Disappear, Scott Heim, HarperCollins
The Conversion, Joseph Olshan, St. Martin's Press
The Boomerang Kid, Jay Quinn, Alyson


Bringing Him Home, Aaron Cooper, Late August Press
Swish, Joel Derfner, Broadway Books
Assisted Loving, Bob Morris, HarperCollins
Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, Sheila Rowbotham, Verso Books
King of Shadows, Aaron Shurin, City Lights Publishers


The Fisher Boy, Stephen Anable, Poisoned Pen Press
Sundowner Ubuntu, Anthony Bidulka, Insomniac Press
Mahu Fire, Neil Plakcy, Alyson Books
First You Fall, Scott Sherman, Alyson Books
Spider Season, John Morgan Wilson, St. Martin's Press


Want, Rick Barot, Sarabande Press
Please, Jericho Brown, New Issues
Fire to Fire, Mark Doty, HarperCollins
Now You're the Enemy, James Allen Hall, Univ. of Arkansas Press
My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi & Kevin Killian, Wesleyan University Press


Mexican Heat, Laura Baumbach & Josh Lanyon, MLR Press
Got 'til it's Gone, Larry Duplechan, Arsenal Pulp Press
The Protector, N.L. Gassert, Seventh Window Publications

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So Alex, you're going to read all these books and post reviews so we know which ones to buy at our local queer bookseller?

Hmmmmmm... I'll see how many are willing to send free copies and then go from there!

Alex, I had met the women from Blind Eye Books a few weeks ago, and suggested to them that they send Bilerico their books for review, and to consider advertising with you. They have two titles that were nominated in the Sci-Fi/et. al. category.

Now that they have been nominated, and since I had already broached the idea, I would imagine that they would be amenable to sending you the books.

They're a *very* small press. I don't think they've published more than five titles. So it's pretty impressive that they got two nominations.

The Sealed Letter, Emma Donohue: One of Donohue's typically well-voiced historical fictions. This is set in the Victorian era 1860ish, involving the first flush of women's rights activism and the dawn of more accessible divorce. Novel of manners, not of hotness.

Dishonorable Passions, William Eskridge (history of US sodomy law)
Sex Variant Woman, Joanne Passet (biography of Jeannette Foster, early bibliographer of fiction and other writing concerning "sex variant women". Foster was a research librarian, worked at Kinsey Institute for a while.).

I got both of these relatively recently, and they are in the "to read" pile. After those comes the Edward Carpenter biography...

Well, as far as transgender inclusion and representation, this whole affair is a total loss.

But then again, that is what LGBT means, isn't it?

I suppose I should be grateful that they aren't trying to give an award to a book that calls me "especially suited to prostitution."

At least not this year, right?

Congratulations to Nancy!

*does happy dance for Nancy!*

Here's a secret about Nancy's book -- It was also just announced as a finalist for Publishing Triangle's Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction.

*starts whirling around dangerously now!*