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Lambda Literary announces award finalists
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Lambda Literary has announced the finalists in 25 categories for the 35th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The finalists were selected by a panel of over 65 literary professionals from more than 1,350 book submissions. These selections represent the best of LGBTQ literature this year.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on June 9 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City or virtually! Tickets at including Virtual Venue: Lambda on Airmeet.

Lesbian Fiction

Big Girl: A Novel by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, W.W. Norton & Company

Gods of Want by K-Ming Chang, One World

Jawbone by Mónica Ojeda, translated by Sarah Booker, Coffee House Press

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley, Alfred A. Knopf

Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel by Julia Armfield, Flatiron Books

Gay Fiction

Call Me Cassandra by Marcial Gala, translated from Spanish by Anna Kushner, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Foghorn Echoes by Danny Ramadan, Canongate Books

God's Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu, A Public Space Books

Hugs and Cuddles by Joao Gilberto Noll, translated from Portuguese by Edgar Garbelotto, Two Lines Press

My Government Means to Kill Me: A Novel by Rasheed Newson, Flatiron Books

Bisexual Fiction

Meet Us by the Roaring Sea by Akil Kumarasamy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Mother Ocean Father Nation by Nishant Batsha, Ecco, HarperCollins

Reluctant Immortals by Gwendolyn Kiste, S&S / Saga Press

Roses, In the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel by Bushra Rehman, Flatiron Books

Stories No One Hopes Are about Them by A.J. Bermudez, The University of Iowa Press

Transgender Fiction

All the Hometowns You Can't Stay Away From by Izzy Wasserstein, Neon Hemlock

Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham, Little, Brown and Company

Manywhere by Morgan Thomas, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/MCD

The Call-Out by Cat Fitzpatrick, Seven Stories Press

Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane, William Morrow

LGBTQ+ Young Adult

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado, Sourcebooks Fire

Funny Gyal: My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica by Angeline Jackson with Susan McClelland, foreword by Diana King, Dundurn Press Ltd.

Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore, Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes, HarperCollins: Balzer + Bray

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson, HarperCollins: Heartdrum

LGBTQ+ Middle Grade

Answers In the Pages by David Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Different Kinds of Fruit by Kyle Lukoff, Dial Books for Young Readers

Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One by Maggie Horne, HarperCollins: Clarion Books

Nikhil Out Loud by Maulik Pancholy, HarperCollins: Balzer + Bray

The Civil War of Amos Abernathy by Michael Leali, HarperCollins

LGBTQ+ Children's Book

A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin by Carol Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders, illustrated by Byron McCray, Holt Books for Young Readers

Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, Illustrated by Daniel Sousa, Kokila

Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle by Nina LaCour, Candlewick Press

Mighty Red Riding Hood by Wallace West, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Sublime Ms. Stacks by Robb Pearlman, illustrated by Dani Jones, Bloomsbury

Bisexual Nonfiction

Appropriate Behavior by Maria San Filippo, McGill-Queen's University Press

Carrying It Forward: Essays from Kistahpinanihk by John Brady McDonald, Wolsak and Wynn Publishers

Never Simple: A Memoir by Liz Scheier, Henry Holt / Macmillan

Open: An Uncensored Memoir of Love, Liberation, and Non-Monogamy by Rachel Krantz, Harmony Books, Penguin Random House

The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Transgender Nonfiction

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender by Kit Heyam, Basic Books

Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn't My Rapist by Cecilia Gentili, LittlePuss Press

Feral City: On Finding Liberation in Lockdown New York by Jeremiah Moss, W.W. Norton & Company

The Terrible We: Thinking with Trans Maladjustment by Cameron Awkward-Rich, Duke University Press

The Third Person by Emma Grove, Drawn & Quarterly

LGBTQ+ Nonfiction

And the Category Is...: Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community by Ricky Tucker, Beacon Press

How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler, Little, Brown & Company

The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin by Hafizah Augustus Geter, Random House

The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison by Hugh Ryan, Bold Type Books, Hachette Book Group

Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between by Joseph Osmundson, W.W. Norton & Company

LGBTQ+ Speculative Fiction

Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, Tor Books

Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo, Tordotcom Publishing

The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong, Angry Robot Books

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart, Ballantine

The Wicked and the Willing by Lianyu Tan, Shattered Scepter Press

Lesbian Poetry

As She Appears by Shelley Wong, YesYes Books

Beast at Every Threshold by Natalie Wee, Arsenal Pulp Press

Concentrate by Courtney Faye Taylor. Graywolf Press

Prelude by Brynne Rebele-Henry, University of Pittsburgh Press

Yearn by Rage Hezekiah, Diode Editions

Gay Poetry

Alive at the End of the World by Saeed Jones, Coffee House Press

Brother Sleep by Aldo Amparán, Alice James Books

Pleasure by Angelo Nikolopoulos, Four Way Books

Some Integrity by Padraig Regan, Carcanet Press

Super Model Minority by Chris Tse, Auckland University Press

Bisexual Poetry

50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse by Karyna McGlynn, Sarabande Books

Dereliction by Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, The Song Cave

indecent hours by James Fujinami Moore, Four Way Books

Meat Lovers by Rebecca Hawkes, Auckland University Press

Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes by Nicky Beer, Milkweed Editions

Transgender Poetry

A Dead Name That Learned How to Live by Golden, Game Over Books

A Queen in Bucks County by Kay Gabriel, Nightboat Books

All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran, Penguin Books

Emanations by Prathna Lor, Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.

MissSettl by Kamden Ishmael Hilliard, Nightboat Books

LGBTQ+ Anthology

OutWrite: The Speeches That Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture by Julie R. Enszer and Elena Gross, Rutgers University Press

Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology edited by Michael Walsh, Autumn House Press

This Arab is Queer: An Anthology by LGBTQ+ Arab Writers by Elias Jahshan, Saqi Books

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource by and for Transgender Communities Second Edition by Laura Erickson-Schroth, Oxford University Press

Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth by Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin, Speculatively Queer

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place by Neema Avashia, West Virginia University Press

Brown Neon by Raquel Gutiérrez, Coffee House Press

Lost & Found: Reflections on Grief, Gratitude, and Happiness by Kathryn Schulz, Random House

Ma and Me by Putsata Reang, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/MCD

Pretty Baby: A Memoir by Chris Belcher, Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

Gay Memoir/Biography

All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir by Seán Hewitt, Penguin Press

An Angel in Sodom by Jim Elledge, Chicago Review Press

Boy with the Bullhorn: A Memoir and History of ACT UP New York by Ron Goldberg, Empire State Editions

High-Risk Homosexual by Edgar Gomez, Soft Skull Press

I'm Not Broken by Jesse Leon, Vintage Books

LGBTQ+ Mystery

A Death in Berlin by David C Dawson, Park Creek Publishing

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling, Poisoned Pen Press

Dead Letters from Paradise by Ann McMan, Bywater Books

Dirt Creek: A Novel by Hayley Scrivenor, Flatiron Books

Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen, Forge Books

LGBTQ+ Comics

A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings: A Graphic Memoir by Will Betke-Brunswick, Tin House

Gay Giant by Gabriel Ebensperger, translated by Kelley D. Salas, Street Noise Books

Mamo by Sas Milledge, BOOM! Studios

Other Ever Afters by Melanie Gillman, Random House Graphics

The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle, First Second

Lesbian Romance

Hard Pressed by Aurora Rey, Bold Strokes Books

If I Don't Ask by E. J. Noyes, Bella Books

Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond, Dial Press

Southbound and Down by K.B. Draper, K.B. Draper, LLC.

The Rules of Forever by Nan Campbell, Bold Strokes Books

Gay Romance

Forever After by Marie Sinclair, Self-published

Forever, Con Amor by A.M. Johnson, Self-published

I'm So Not Over You by Kosoko Jackson, Berkley Romance

Just One Night by Felice Stevens, Self-published

Two Tribes by Fearne Hill, Self-published

LGBTQ+ Romance and Erotica

A Lady's Finder by Edie Cay, Self-published

Kiss Her Once For Me: A Novel by Alison Cochrun, Atria Books

Loose Lips: A Gay Sea Odyssey by Joseph Brennan, Hard Crossing Press

Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner, St. Martin's Griffin

The Romance Recipe by Ruby Barrett, Carina Adores

LGBTQ+ Drama

Duecentomila by kai fig taddei, Playwrights Canada Press

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) & Antigone: by Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho), Playwrights Canada Press

Rock 'n' Roll Heretic by Sikivu Hutchinson, Self-published

The Show on the Roof Book by Tom Ford, Music and Lyrics by Alex Syiek, Boise Contemporary Theater

Wolf Play by Hansol Jung, Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company

LGBTQ+ Studies

Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics by Darieck Scott, NYU Press

Lesbian Death: Desire and Danger between Feminist and Queer by Mairead Sullivan, University of Minnesota Press

Sissy Insurgencies: A Racial Anatomy of Unfit Manliness by Marlon B. Ross, Duke University Press

Surface Relations: Queer Forms of Asian American Inscrutability by Vivian L. Huang, Duke University Press

There's a Disco Ball Between Us: A Theory of Black Gay Life by Jafari S. Allen, Duke University Press

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