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26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Author: Edit Team

March 6, 2014

26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced 

2014 Marks the Debut of the New Graphic Novel Category

Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York City

Early Bird Gala Tickets On-Sale Now

 The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards – or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–mark another record-breaking year and usher in the debut of the new category of Graphic Novel. Finalists for the Lammys were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles after reviewing a record 746 submissions (up from 687 last year) from 352 publishers (up from 332 last year). Submissions came 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.

“Today is a day to celebrate the richness of our literature and to give hearty congratulations to our outstanding shortlisted authors and their publishers,” said LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “The deep commitment to advance our community’s literature by our highly qualified volunteer judges who read and deliberate on the submitted books – and often anguish over the selection of finalists – make the Lammys possible.”

Now in their twenty-sixth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on Monday evening, June 2, 2014, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street, New York City 10003). Details on the annual after-party location are forthcoming. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit:

More than 90 literary professionals, including booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, and previous Lammy winners and finalists volunteered countless hours of reading, critical thinking, and invigorating discussion to select the finalists in 24 categories.

“This is our fifth straight year of record-breaking Lambda Literary Award submissions,” said LLF Board President, S. Chris Shirley. “We’re especially excited to add an LGBT Graphic Novel category to accommodate their explosive growth over the past few years and to recognize the extraordinary talent behind them.”

LammySeal-actualsize_2013Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony and after-party go on sale today. For information, visit LLF’s website and join the conversation by following the hashtag #Lammys on Twitter. For the month of March only, early bird tickets are $100 for the ceremony only and $200 for the ceremony plus after-party. Prices will increase by $25 beginning April 1st.

Pioneer and Trustee Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and presenters will be announced the third week of April.

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony go on sale today. For information visit here.


2014 Lambda Literary Awards Host Committee

 Co-Chairs: Melanie La Rosa, David McConnell, Don Weise

John Bateman Brad Boles Kevin Brannon Jamie Brickhouse
Michael Carroll Paul Dierkes Dick Donahue Michael Fauver
Paul Florez David Gale Antonio Gonzalez Tal Goretsky
David Groff William Johnson Karl Jones Dean Klingler
Mario Lopez-Cordero Bill Miller Dan Manjovi Jay Moore
Jerome Murphy Nick Nicholson Angelo Nikolopoulos Julia Pastore
Lori Perkins Charles Rice-Gonzalez Patrick Ryan Eddie Sarfaty
Liz Scheier Bob Smith Jerl Surratt Jason Wells
Jennifer Zivic


  • Nevada, a novelImogen Binnie, Topside Press
  • Tiresias, Devon Llywelyn Jones, Devon Llywelyn Jones
  • Wanting in Arabic, Trish Salah, TSAR Publications





  • The Affairs of Others: A Novel, Amy Grace Loyd, Picador
  • Descendants of Hagar, Nik Nicholson, AuthorHouse
  • Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin, Simon & Schuster/Atria Books
  • How to Shake the Other Man, Derek Palacio, Nouvella
  • In Between, Jane Hoppen, Bold Strokes Books
  • Inside, Charles L. Ross, Ink Inc.
  • Jane and the Whales, Andrea Routley, Caitlin Press
  • My Brother’s Name: A Novel, Laura Krughoff, Scarletta / Scarletta Press
  • Prick Queasy, Ronald Palmer, Publication Studio
  • The Rest of Us: StoriesGuy Mark Foster, Tincture/Lethe Press



  • The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, Maria San Filippo, Indiana University Press
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press
  • The Soundtrack of My LifeClive Davis, Simon & Schuster


  • Among the Bloodpeople, Thomas Glave, Akashic Books
  • Does Jesus Really Love Me?, Jeff Chu, Harper Collins
  • The End of the Homosexual?Dennis Altman, University of Queensland Press
  • Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims, Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, NYU Press
  • Meet Grindr: How One App Changed The Way We Connect, Jamie Woo, Self-Published
  • Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants, Phil Tiemeyer, University of California Press
  • The Queer Limit of Black Memory Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, Matt Richardson, The Ohio State University Press
  • Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since World War II, Daniel Winunwe Rivers, University of North Carolina Press
  • Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines. Polaroids 1975-1983, Ben Smales, Tom Bianchi, Edmund White, Damiani
  • White GirlsHilton Als, McSweeney’s Publishing
  • You Can Tell Just By Looking: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico, Beacon Press


  • Alternative Medicine, Rafael Campo, Duke University Press
  • The Apartment of Tragic Appliances, Michael D. Snediker, Peanut Books (an imprint of punctum books)
  • ClayDavid Groff, Trio House Press
  • Companion GrassesBrian Teare, Omnidawn Publishing
  • Metaphysical DogFrank Bidart, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Obscenely YoursAngelo Nikolopoulos, Alice James Books
  • SilverchestCarl Phillips, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Straight RazorRandall Mann, Persea Books
  • The Talking DayMichael Klein, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Unpeopled Eden, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Four Way Books


  • A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & RecordingsEloise Klein Healy, Red Hen Press
  • Chopper! Chopper! Poetry From Bordered Lives, Veronica Reyes, Red Hen Press/Arktoi Books
  • Chord BoxElizabeth Lindsey Rogers, The University of Arkansas Press
  • The Collected Poems of Ai, Ai, W.W. Norton & Company
  • The Exchange, Sophie Cabot Black, Graywolf Press
  • Proxy, R. Erica Doyle, Belladonna Collaborative
  • Rise in the Fall, Ana Bozicevic, Birds, LLC
  • She Has a Name, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Four Way Books
  • Viral, Suzanne Parker, Alice James Books
  • We Come ElementalTamiko Beyer, Alice James Books


  • Baton Rouge Bingo, Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books
  • Boystown 5: Murder Book, Marshall Thornton, MLR Press
  • Fierce, David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing
  • Foxed, Garry Ryan, NeWest Press
  • The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari, Sarah Black, Dreamspinner Press
  • How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery, Joyce Thompson, Lethe Press
  • In Real Life, The 3rd Gemini & Flowers Mystery, Jonathan Gregory, Amazon Digital Services Inc
  • Pawn of Satan, Mark Zubro, MLR Press
  • Pretty Boy Dead, Jon Michaelsen, Wilde City Press
  • The Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon Mystery, Janice Law, Road Media


  • Cross and Burn, Val McDermid, Grove/Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Death of the Demon, Anne Holt, Scribner
  • High DesertKatherine V. Forrest, Spinsters Ink
  • The Killer Wore Leather: A Mystery, Laura Antoniou, Cleis Press
  • Point of Betrayal, Ann Roberts, Bella Books
  • The Rainey Season, R.E. Bradshaw, R.E. Bradshaw Books
  • She Overheard Murder, Jean Sheldon, Wellworth Publishing/Bast Press
  • Taken by the WindEllen Hart, St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
  • Turning on the TideJenna Rae, Bella Books
  • Web of Obsessions, Diane Wood, Bella Books
  • The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel, Ian Hamilton, Picador




  • Covet Thy Neighbor, L. A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
  • Glitterland, Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing
  • Into This River I Drown, TJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press
  • King Mai, Edmond Manning, Pickwick Ink Publishing
  • My Dear Watson, L.A. Fields, Lethe Press
  • Pickup Men, L.C. Chase, Riptide Publishing
  • Play Me, I’m Yours, Madison Parker, Harmony Ink Press
  • Rocky’s Road, Lynley Wayne, MLR Press
  • Unbroken, Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing
  • Where You Are, J.H. Trumble, Kensington


  • All That Lies Within, Lynn Ames, Phoenix Rising Press
  • At Seventeen, Gerri Hill, Bella Books
  • Broken Trails, D Jordan Redhawk, Bella Books
  • Clean Slate, Andrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes Books
  • Date with DestinyMason Dixon, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hold Me Forever, D. Jackson Leigh, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hoosier Daddy, Ann McMan, Salem West, Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company/Nuance
  • Last SaluteTracey Richardson, Bella Books
  • Love by the NumbersKarin Kallmaker, Bella Books
  • The Princess AffairNell Stark, Bold Strokes Books


  • Capture & Surrender, Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
  • The Padisah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novella, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
  • Sensual Travels: Gay Erotic Stories, Michael Luongo (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender
  • Show-Offs: Gay Erotic Stories, Ed. Richard Labonte, Cleis Press
  • Team Players: Gay Erotic Stories, Winston Gieseke (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender



  • An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and WritingsHarvey Milk, Jason Edward Black, Charles E. Morris, University of California Press
  • The Feminist Porn Book, Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu & Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Press
  • Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, Editors: Brittany Fonte and Regie Cabico, Lowbrow Press
  • Ghosts in Gaslight. Monsters in Steam. Gay City: Volume 5, Evan J Peterson & Vincent Kovar, Gay City Anthologies
  • Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction, Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba, MaThoko’s Books
  • Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollentions of Consciousness and Coming Out, Ed. Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibran Guido, Cognella Academic Publishing
  • This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, Megan Volpert, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, T.C. Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books
  • What I LOVE about being QUEER, Vivek Shraya, George Brown College
  • Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and ForerunnersEds. Jim Elledge and David Groff, The University of Wisconsin Press


  • Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster, Inc./ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Boy In Box, Christopher R. Michael, Hubbub Publishing
  • Girls I’ve Run Away WithRhiannon Argo, Moonshine Press
  • If You Could Be Mine, Sara Farizan, Algonquin Books
  • Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Rapture Practice, Aaron Hartzler, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Secret CityJulia Watts, Bella Books
  • The Secret Ingredient, Stewart Lewis- Author, Rebecca Short-Editor, Delacorte Press (Penguin/Random House)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • What Makes a Baby, Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square


  • Las Hociconas: Three Locas with Big Mouths and Even Bigger Brains, Adelina Anthony, Korima Press
  • sash & trim and other plays, Djola Branner, RedBone Press
  • Tom at the Farm, Michel Marc Bouchard, Talonbooks


  • Artifice, Alex Woolfson (author), Winona Nelson (Illustrator), AMW Comics
  • Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic MemoirNicole J. Georges, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Duck! Second Chances, Tana Ford, Bang A Left
  • The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker, Steve Dutro, M Press


  • CollaboratorsDeborah Wheeler, Dragon Moon Press
  • Death by Silver, Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Lethe Press
  • Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
  • Dragon Slayer, Isabella Carter, Less Than Three Press
  • Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Richard Bowes, Lethe Press
  • Hell’s Belle, Marie Castle, Bella Books
  • Invisible Soft Return :\, Roberta Degnore, Digital Fabulists
  • Light, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Bold Strokes Books
  • Like Light for Flies, Lee Thomas, Lethe Press
  • The Stars Change, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press, Inc.


  • Butch Queens Up in Pumps Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in DetroitMarlon M. Bailey, University of Michigan Press
  • Feeling Women’s Liberation, Victoria Hesford, Duke University Press
  • Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural AmericaColin R. Johnson, Temple University Press
  • Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production, Lisa Henderson, NYU Press
  • Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami, Susana Pena, University of Minnesota Press
  • Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Duke University Press
  • Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, Christina B. Hanhardt, Duke University Press
  • Shanghai Lalas, Lucetta Yip Lo Kam, Hong Kong University Press
  • Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the UntimelyPeter M. Coviello, NYU Press
  • Transforming Citizenships: Transgender Articulations of the Law, Isaac West, NYU Press


For information:
Tony Valenzuela
Lambda Literary Foundation
5482 Wilshire Blvd, #1595
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-643-4281 (Main)
323-376-6801 (Mobile)


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