Alan Hollinghurst Receives Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award

Today The Publishing Triangle announced their finalists for Best Lesbian and Gay Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction Published in 2010 as well as the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards.  Among the finalists  the publication Gay & Lesbian Review will be honored with a Leadership Award while a special award goes to the anthology Gender Outlaws (Seal). Congratulations to all the finalists below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 23rd annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2010, will be presented on April 28, 2011, at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School (66 West 12th Street in New York City) at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

The Publishing Triangle (publishingtriangle.org), the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, began honoring a gay or lesbian writer for his or her body of work a few months after the organization was founded in 1989, and has now partnered with the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards to present an impressive array of awards each spring.

Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement

Alan Hollinghurst is the 2011 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. Hollinghurst, a novelist, scholar, and activist, won the Man Booker prize for his fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, in 2004. A professor at University College in London, he is a published poet and has translated Racine’s Bazajet. He has also edited several books, including a volume of poems by A. E. Housman and Three Novels by Ronald Firbank. Since his dazzling debut, The Swimming Pool Library, in 1988, Hollinghurst has been regarded as one of the best novelists writing in English in our time. His other books are The Folding Star, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction (1994), and The Spell (1998). His new novel, The Stranger’s Child, will be published in October 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf. The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a man in odd-numbered years and to a woman in even years, and the winner receives $3000.

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

The Publishing Triangle began giving the Shilts-Grahn awards for nonfiction in 1997. Each winner receives $1000. The Judy Grahn Award honors the American writer, cultural theorist and activist (b. 1940) best known for The Common Woman (1969) and Another Mother Tongue (rev. ed., 1984). It recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year affecting lesbian lives—the book may be by a lesbian, for example, or about a lesbian or lesbian culture, or both.

– Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings (HarperCollins)
Emma DonoghueInseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (Alfred A. Knopf)
Barbara Hammer, Hammer! (Feminist Press)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

The Randy Shilts Award honors the journalist whose groundbreaking work on the AIDS epidemic for the San Francisco Chronicle made him a hero to many in the community. Shilts (1951–1994) was the author of The Mayor of Castro Street, And the Band Played On, and Conduct Unbecoming.

R. Tripp Evans, Grant Wood (Alfred A. Knopf)
Wendy Moffat, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster (Farrar Straus Giroux)
Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Special Award

The judges for these nonfiction awards have also voted to bestow a Judges’ Special Award in Nonfiction to Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (Seal Press). Carol Rosenfeld, chair of the Publishing Triangle said, “The Triangle is recognizing this anthology, which celebrates gender nonconforming people in all their beauty, humanity, and complexity, with a special prize. The contributors to this book confront gender issues with such vibrant, mind-expanding style that readers are urged to question the status quo of seeing gender in binary ways.”

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

The Publishing Triangle established its poetry awards in 2001. Each winner receives $500. The Audre Lorde Award honors the American poet, essayist, librarian, and teacher. Lorde (1934–1992) was nominated for the National Book Award for From a Land Where Other People Live and was the poet laureate of New York State in 1991. She received the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement shortly before her death. Among her other sixteen books are Zami (1982) and A Burst of Light (1989).

Elizabeth J. ColenMoney for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books)
– Jen Currin, The Inquisition Yours (Coach House Books)
– Eleanor Lerman, The Sensual World Re-emerges (Sarabande Books)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

The Thom Gunn Award honors the British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who lived in San Francisco for much of his life. Gunn was the author of The Man with Night Sweats (1992) and many other acclaimed volumes. In its first four years, this award was known as the Triangle Award for Gay Poetry, and Mr. Gunn himself won the very first such award, in 2001, for his Boss Cupid.

– Paul Legault, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn)
– Eric Leigh, Harm’s Way (University of Arkansas Press)
Michael WalshThe Dirt Riddles (University of Arkansas Press)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, first presented in 2006, is named in honor of Edmund White, the esteemed novelist and man of letters who won the very first Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1989. The Edmund White Award celebrates the future of lesbian and gay literature by awarding a prize to an outstanding first novel or story collection. The winner receives $1000.

– Michael Alenyikov, Ivan and Misha (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press)
Katharine BeutnerAlcestis (Soho Press)
Catherine KirkwoodCut Away (Arktoi Books)

Leadership Award

The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide is the winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to lesbian and gay literature by those who are not primarily writers—editors, agents, librarians, and (as in this case) institutions. For seventeen years The Gay & Lesbian Review has provided a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men. Founded as The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review in 1994, this journal for the literate non-specialist consistently offers the best writing and thinking our culture has to offer. With its thematically organized issues and high production values, the magazine provides its LGBT readers with a lively tour through the world of letters six times a year. The Gay & Lesbian Review is a major force in current gay and lesbian intellectual life.

Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction

The Ferro-Grumley Awards for lesbian and gay fiction were established in 1988 to recognize, promote excellence in, and give greater access to fiction writing from lesbian and gay points of view. These awards honor the memory of authors Robert Ferro (The Blue Star, Second Son, etc.) and Michael Grumley (Life Drawing, etc.), life partners who died that year of AIDS within weeks of each other. Each year a specially constituted panel of judges bestows one award (from 1988 through 2008, two awards were given each year). Judges are selected from throughout the U.S. and Canada, from the arts, media, publishing, bookselling, and related fields. The winner receives $500.

– Daniel Black, Perfect Peace (St. Martin’s Press)
– Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Big Bang Symphony (University of Wisconsin Press)
– Daniel Allen Cox, Krakow Melt (Arsenal Pulp Press)
David McConnellThe Silver Hearted (Alyson)
Eileen MylesInferno (OR Books)
Michael SledgeThe More I Owe You (Counterpoint Press)



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