The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards today. Winners will be announced on May 26.The Lammys honor achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing.
With 114 finalists in 24 categories of LGBT literature, there will be books of interest to many on this extensive list. Showing the evolution of LGBT publishing, this is the first year that the Transgender category has had enough nominations to be divided into fiction and nonfiction (the Bisexual category was first split just last year). Other categories include Anthology, Children's/Young Adult, Drama, Poetry, SF/Fantasy/Horror, Gay & Lesbian Debut Fiction, Memoir & Biography, Mystery, and Romance.
While you may not find some of the books from the finalist list at DPL because they are from small independent presses, many will still be available through our Interlibrary Loan Department. (Remember, you are limited to 30 ILL requests per year).
Some of my favorites from the nominees lists:
If You Follow Me, Malena Watrous (Bisexual Fiction)
Wildthorn, Jane Eagland (YA Fiction)
Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature, Emma Donoghue (LGBT Nonfiction)
The Big Bang Symphony, Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Lesbian Fiction)
One of my favorite titles is the self published book: God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya. It seems more self-published titles (including publish-on-demand) were included this year - allowing for broader coverage than the large/small publishing houses. I wonder if DPL will be purchasing any of these titles?
Thanks for the recommendation--I'll try to track that one down! DPL does consider requests from our customers, if you feel that something should be included in our collection, you can put in a request here. Of course, budgetary considerations mean that we cannnot aquire everything that everyone asks for, but requesting titles is a way to make our wonderful collection development folks aware of what the DPL community is looking for. See our collection dvelopment policy here.