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    Here are the finalists for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards!

    Katie Yee

    March 10, 2020, 1:27pm

    For the past 32 years, the Lambda Literary Awards have been championing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writers. Past recipients of these awards include Audre Lorde, Alison Bechdel, Roxane Gay, and Michael Cunningham. This year’s award ceremony will be held on June 8th at NYU’s Skirball Center. Congratulations to all the finalists!


    Cantoras, Carolina De Robertis, Knopf
    A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant, Janice Gould, Sinister Wisdom & Inanna Publications
    Mostly Dead Things, Kristen Arnett, Tin House Books
    On Swift Horses, Shannon Pufahl, Riverhead Books
    Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Liveright Publishing
    A People’s History of Heaven, Mathangi Subramanian, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
    Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson, Riverhead Books
    Stay and Fight, Madeline ffitch, Farrar, Straus and Giroux


    Animalia, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne, Grove Press
    The Archive of Alternate Endings, Lindsey Drager, Dzanc Books
    In West Mills, De’Shawn Charles Winslow, Bloomsbury Publishing
    Like This Afternoon Forever, Jaime Manrique, Kaylie Jones Books
    Lord, João Gilberto Noll, translated by Edgar Garbelotto, Two Lines Press
    Lot, Bryan Washington, Riverhead Books
    Murmur, Will Eaves, Bellevue Literary Press
    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press


    Big Familia, Tomas Moniz, Acre Books
    Deposing Nathan, Zack Smedley, Page Street
    Exquisite Mariposa, Fiona Alison Duncan, Soft Skull Press
    Jude, Garrett Leigh, Fox Love Press
    Just Pervs, Jess Taylor, Book*hug Press
    The Man Who Saw Everything, Deborah Levy, Bloomsbury Publishing
    The Not Wives, Carley Moore, The Feminist Press
    The Remainder, Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes, Coffee House Press


    The Beatrix Gates, Rachel Pollack, PM Press
    Honey Walls, Bones McKay, McKay & Gray Publications
    Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian), Hazel Jane Plante, Metonymy Press
    Poet, Prophet, Fox: The Tale of Sinnach the Seer, M.Z. McDonnell, Self-published
    The Trans Space Octopus Congregation, Bogi Takács, Lethe Press


    IMPERVIOUS: Confessions of a Semi-Retired Deviant, Janet W. Hardy, SinCyr Publishing
    Socialist Realism, Trisha Low, Coffee House Press
    A World Without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference, Victoria Freeman, UBC Press


    Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States, Samantha Allen, Little, Brown and Company
    Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model for Understanding Gender, S.J. Langer, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
    Time Is the Thing A Body Moves Through, T Fleischmann, Coffee House Press
    We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, Nightboat Books


    Bloodflowers: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Photography, and the 1980s, W. Ian Bourland, Duke University Press
    The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, Selby Wynn Schwartz, University of Michigan Press
    Dying to Be Normal: Gay Martyrs and the Transformation of American Sexual Politics, Brett Krutzsch, Oxford University Press
    Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, E. Patrick Johnson, Duke University Press
    In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press
    When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History, Hugh Ryan, St. Martin’s Press
    Why Karen Carpenter Matters, Karen Tongson, University of Texas Press
    A Year Without a Name, Cyrus Grace Dunham, Little, Brown and Company


    & more black, t’ai freedom ford, Augury Books
    Odes to Lithium, Shira Erlichman, Alice James Books
    (the other house), Rocío Carlos, The Accomplices
    Pressure Cooker Love Bomb, Sharanpal Ruprai, Frontenac House
    Soft Science, Franny Choi, Alice James Books
    Time, Etel Adnan, translated by Sarah Riggs, Nightboat Books
    tsunami vs. the fukushima 50, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Milkweed Editions
    Without Protection, Gala Mukomolova, Coffee House Press


    Doomstead Days, Brian Teare, Nightboat Books
    The Experiment of the Tropics, Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, Gaudy Boy
    Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, Jake Skeets, Milkweed Editions
    Losing Miami, Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué, The Accomplices
    NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, Billy-Ray Belcourt, House of Anansi Press
    The Revisionist & The Astropastorals, Douglas Crase, Nightboat Books
    SLINGSHOT, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Nightboat Books
    The Tradition, Jericho Brown, Copper Canyon Press


    Build Yourself a Boat, Camonghne Felix, Haymarket Books
    HoodWitch, Faylita Hicks, Acre Books
    Moira of Edges, Moira the Tart, Moina Pam Dick, Organism for Poetic Research
    Pet Sounds, Stephanie Young, Nightboat Books
    Revenge of the Asian Woman, Dorothy Chan, Diode Editions
    ROMANS/SNOWMARE, Cam Scott, ARP Books
    A Sand Book, Ariana Reines, Tin House Books
    water/tongue, mai c. doan, Omnidawn


    Dispatch, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Persea Books
    EXTRATRANSMISSION, Andrea Abi-Karam, Kelsey Street Press
    HULL, Xandria Phillips, Nightboat Books
    Our Weather Our Sea, Samuel Ace, Black Radish Books
    The Year of Blue Water, Yanyi, Yale University Press


    The Blood Runs Cold, Catherine Maiorisi, Bella Books
    Galileo, Ann McMan, Bywater Books
    The Hound of Justice, Claire O’Dell, Harper Voyager
    The Mirror of Muraro, Amelia Ellis, Newton Pryce Ingram
    Twisted at the Root: A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books


    Carved in Bone: A Henry Rios Novel, Michael Nava, Persigo Press
    ChoirMaster: A Mister Puss Mystery, Michael Craft, Questover Press
    Death Takes a Bow, David S. Pederson, Bold Strokes Books
    The Fourth Courier, Timothy Jay Smith, Arcade Publishing
    The Nowhere, Chris Gill, PRNTD Publishing
    The Quaker, Liam McIlvanney, Europa Editions/World Noir
    Rewind, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books
    Royal Street Reveillon, Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books


    Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, T Kira Madden, Bloomsbury Publishing
    Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, Elissa Altman, Ballantine Books
    Ordinary Girls, Jaquira Díaz, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
    The Rib Joint: A Memoir In Essays, Julia Koets, Red Hen Press
    Sontag: Her Life and Work, Benjamin Moser, Ecco
    Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval, Saidiya Hartman, W. W. Norton & Company
    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, Samra Habib, Viking Canada
    A Wild and Precious Life, Edie Windsor with Joshua Lyon, St. Martin’s Press


    The Amphitheater of the Dead, Guy Hocquenghem, translated by Max Fox, Guillotine
    DISASTERAMA! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997, Alvin Orloff, Three Rooms Press
    How We Fight for Our Lives, Saeed Jones, Simon & Schuster
    I.M., Isaac Mizrahi, Flatiron Books
    In the Shadow of the Bridge, Joseph Caldwell, Delphinium Books
    Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex, Siddharth Dube, Atria Books
    Jimmy Neurosis, James Oseland, Ecco
    The Light Years, Chris Rush, Farrar, Straus and Giroux


    Aurora’s Angel: A Dark Fantasy Romance, Emily Noon, Bluefire Books
    Create a Life to Love, Erin Zak, Bold Strokes Books
    Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, Alyssa Cole, Avon Impulse
    Pretending in Paradise, M. Ullrich, Bold Strokes Books
    The Roommate Arrangement, Jae, Ylva Publishing
    The Secret Chord, Virginia Hale, Bella Books
    Tennessee Whiskey, Donna K. Ford, Bold Strokes Books
    Top of Her Game, M. Ullrich, Bold Strokes Books


    Best Man, Chris Delyani, Self-published
    Blue Umbrella Sky, Rick R. Reed, Dreamspinner Press
    Code Name: Liberty, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books
    Digging Deep, Jay Hogan, Dreamspinner Press
    Escaping Camp Roosevelt, Bryan T. Clark, Cornbread Publishing
    Joseph Chapman: My Molly Life, James Lovejoy, Self-published
    Kiss Me Again, Garrett Leigh, Fox Love Press
    My Baby Chased Away the Blues, R.A. Thorn, NineStar Press


    The BreakBeat Poets Volume 3: Halal if You Hear Me, Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo, Haymarket Books
    Foglifter Volume 4 Issue 2, Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Foglifter Press
    The Heart of the Matter: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume III, The Other Foundation, Jacana Media
    Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry, Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme, Arsenal Pulp Press
    LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia, Jeff Mann and Julia Watts, West Virginia University Press
    Love WITH Accountability: Digging up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, AK Press
    Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity, Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane, Columbia University Press
    A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969, Noam Sienna, Print-O-Craft


    All the Things We Do in the Dark, Saundra Mitchell, HarperTeen
    The Grief Keeper, Alexandra Villasante, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Hazel’s Theory of Evolution, Lisa Jenn Bigelow, HarperCollins
    Hurricane Season, Nicole Melleby, Algonquin Young Readers
    The Meaning of Birds, Jaye Robin Brown, HarperTeen
    Pet, Akwaeke Emezi, Make Me a World
    Pride Colors, Robin Stevenson, Orca Book Publishers
    Wilder Girls, Rory Power, Delacorte Press


    Are You Listening?, Tillie Walden, First Second
    Cannonball, Kelsey Wroten, Uncivilized Books
    Death Threat, Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Ness Lee, Arsenal Pulp Press
    Is This How You See Me?, Jaime Hernandez, Fantagraphics Books
    Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero O’Connell, First Second


    The Amateurs, Jordan Harrison, Samuel French, Inc.
    Dr. Ride’s American Beach House, Liza Birkenmeier, produced by Ars Nova
    A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson, produced by Playwrights Horizons


    Lord of the Senses, Vikram Kolmannskog, Team Angelica Publishing
    Lot’s Wife: An Erotic Novella, Rosalind Chase, Under Hill Press
    The Shape of the Earth, Gary Garth McCann, Bold Strokes Books
    Texas Crude, Thomas Kearnes, Lethe Press
    Whore Foods, LA Warman, Inpatient Press


    Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James, Riverhead Books
    The Deep, Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes, Gallery / Saga Press
    False Bingo, Jac Jemc, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon, Bloomsbury Publishing
    The Rampant, Julie C. Day, Aqueduct Press
    A Spectral Hue, Craig Laurance Gidney, Word Horde
    Stories to Sing in the Dark, Matthew Bright, Lethe Press
    Wake, Siren, Nina MacLaughlin, Farrar, Straus and Giroux


    All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence, Emily L. Thuma, University of Illinois Press
    Archiving an Epidemic: Art, AIDS, and the Queer Chicanx Avant-Garde, Robb Hernández, New York University Press
    Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century, Elizabeth Freeman, Duke University Press
    Queer Times, Black Futures, Kara Keeling, New York University Press
    Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería and Vodou, Roberto Strongman, Duke University Press
    Reading Sideways: The Queer Politics of Art in Modern American Fiction, Dana Seitler, Fordham University Press
    Scorpio Rising: A Queer Film Classic, R.L. Cagle, Arsenal Pulp Press
    Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement, Jian Neo Chen, Duke University Press


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