25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation announced today the finalists for all categories. I’m enclosing the categories that are of particular interest to those of us who read M/M romance. Here they are:

Gay Romance

1.      The Celestial, Barry Brennessel, MLR Press
2.      Don’t Let Me Go, J.H. Trumble, Kensington
3.      Kamikaze Boys, Jay Bell, Jay Bell Books
4.      The Nothingness of Ben, Brad Boney, Dreamspinner Press
5.      Toughskins, William Masswa, Bold Strokes Books

Gay Erotica

1.      Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies, Lukas Hand, Lethe Press
2.      The Facialist, Mykola Dementiuk, JMS Books
3.      Raising Hell: Demonic Gay Erotica, Todd Gregory, ed., Bold Strokes Books
4.      Secret Societies, William Holden, Bold Strokes Books
5.      Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits, Jerry L. Wheeler, Lethe Press

Gay General Fiction

1.      A Horse Named Sorrow, Trebor Healey, University of Wisconsin Press
2.      The Absolutist, John Boyne, Other Press
3.      Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Cinco Puntos Press
4.      The Lava in My Bones, Barry Webster, Arsenal Pulp Press
5.      Lovers, Daniel Arsand, Europa Editions
6.      The Paternity Test, Michael Lowenthal, University of Wisconsin Press
7.      Sighs Too Deep For Words, William Jack Sibley, Createspace
8.      Spreadeagle, Kevin Killian, Publication Studio
9.      These Things Happen, Richard Kramer, Unbridled Books
10.    Unbuilt Projects, Paul Lisicky, Four Way Books

Gay Memoir/Biography

1.      The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, Ron Padgett, editor, The Library of America
2.      Fire in the Belly, Cynthia Carr, Bloomsbury
3.      Intolerable, Kamal Al-Solaylee, HarperCollins Canada
4.      Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir, Reynolds Price, Scribner
5.      My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man’s Odyssey, Charles Rowan Beye, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
6.      Twelve Views from the Distance, Mutsuo Takahashi, author, Jeffrey Angles, translator, University of Minnesota Press

 Gay Mystery

1.      Bokassa’s Last Apostle, Rod Shelton, Paradise Press UK
2.      Dos Equis, Anthony Bidulka, Insomniac Press
3.      Fires of London, Janice Law, MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
4.      Lake on the Mountain: A Dan Sharp Mystery, Jeffrey Round, Dundurn
5.      The Yellow Canary, Steve Neil Johnson, Clutching Hand Books

 Gay Poetry

1.      Appetite, Aaron Smith, University of Pittsburgh Press
2.      He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Stephen S. Mills, Sibling Rivalry Press
3.      Looking for the Gulf Motel, Richard Blanco, University of Pittsburgh Press
4.      Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, Patrick Donnelly, Four Way Books
5.      Slow Lightning, Eduardo C. Corral, Yale University Press

LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

1.      Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press
2.      Chocolatiers of the High Winds: A Gay Steampunk Romance, H.B. Kurtzwilde, Clasp Editions; An Imprint of Circlet Press
3.      Green Thumb, Tom Cardamone, Lethe Press
4.      Heiresses of Russ 2012: the Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman, Lethe Press
5.      In the Now, Kelly Sinclair, Blue Feather Books
6.      Night Shadows: Queer Horror, Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann, eds., Bold Strokes Books
7.      The Survivors, Sean Eads, Lethe Press

For a full list of all the finalists check out the Lambda site

Congratulations to all the finalists.


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  • I hope Don’t Let Me Go wins in Gay Romance.
    And fingers crossed for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (LGBT YA )

  • I read three of the five books in the romance category and now I’m gonna check out the remaining two. I would love for Don’t Let Me Go to win, it’s a great book.

  • Congrats to the nominees! You guys here are Jessewavereviews should link to your reviews. I believe you have reviewed 4 of the five nominated in romance.

    • Hi Mercedes
      That was a great suggestion and I found 3 of the books which are now linked. I don’t think we reviewed the other two.

  • Omg I want Kamikaze boys to win in roman e category although I loved Celestial and The nothingness of Ben too. Really need to finally purchase Don’t ever let me go and never heard of the fifth nominant so must investigate.


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