LGBT Book Awards Season is in full swing, and this morning the finalists for the Publishing Triangle’s 22nd Annual Triangle Awards as well as the Ferro-Grumley Award nominees were announced. The award ceremony will take place in New York City on April 29, 2010. Honorees include professor and editor Blanche Wiesen Cook and publicist Michele Karlsberg. Book award finalists include James Davidson, The Greeks and Greek Love (Random House) and Barb JohnsonMore of This World or Maybe Another (Harper Perennial). [Susan Stinson reviewed Johnson’s book last week.] Other finalists include Joan Schenkar, The Talented Miss Highsmith (St. Martin’s) [See our review here]; and Mary Cappello, Called Back (Alyson Books). [Watch her interview here.] Full press release below the fold.

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Blanche Wiesen Cook Receives Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award Finalists Announced for Best Lesbian and Gay Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction Published in 2009 Michele Karlsberg Receives Leadership Award

The 22nd annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2009, will be presented on April 29, 2010, at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School for Social Research (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, 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. Blanche Wiesen Cook is the 2010 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. Cook, a historian, activist, and scholar, has received near universal acclaim for her multibook biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Volume 1, 1884-1933, published in 1992, won the Lambda Literary Award and Los Angeles Times Book Award. The second volume, The Defining Years, 1933-1938, appeared in 1999 and the final book is forthcoming. She is Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The editor of Crystal Eastman on Women & Revolution, Cook has also edited and contributed to many anthologies and written on LGBT issues throughout her career. For more than twenty years, she produced and hosted her own program for Radio Pacifica, “Women and the World in the 1990s” (originally called “Activists and Agitators”).She was a founder and co-chair of the Freedom of Information and Access Committee of the Organization of American Historians, which was actively committed to maintaining the integrity of the Freedom of Information Act. The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a woman in even-numbered years and a man in odd years, and the winner receives $3000. The Publishing Triangle began giving the Shilts-Grahn awards for nonfiction in 1997. Each winner receives $1000. The Judy GrahnAward 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. Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

  • Rebecca Brown, American Romances (City Lights) [Read our review]
  • Mary Cappello, Called Back (Alyson Books)
  • Joan Schenkar, The Talented Miss Highsmith (St. Martin’s) [Read our review]

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 ofThe Mayor of Castro Street, And the Band Played On, and Conduct Unbecoming. Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

  • James Davidson, The Greeks and Greek Love (Random House)
  • Chap Heap, Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885–1940 (University of Chicago Press)
  • David Plante, The Pure Lover (Beacon Press)

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). Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

  • Stacie Cassarino, Zero at the Bone (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
  • Kristin Naca, Bird Eating Bird (Harper Perennial)
  • Lee Ann Roripaugh, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press)

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. Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

  • Brent Goodman, The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (Black Lawrence Press)
  • D.A. Powell, Chronic (Graywolf Press)
  • Ronaldo V. Wilson, Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books)

The Publishing Triangle’s newest award, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, was first presented in 2006. This prize 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.

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

  • Elise Moser, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It (Cormorant Books)
  • Lori Ostlund, The Bigness of the World (University of Georgia Press)
  • Rakesh Satyal, Blue Boy (Kensington)

Michele Karlsberg is the winner of the Publishing Triangle’sLeadership Award. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to lesbian and gay literature by those who are not primarily writers—editors, agents, librarians, and others. Karlsberg, a veteran book publicist, has been an enthusiastic advocate of LGBT literature for two decades. Among the authors she has worked for are Kate Clinton, Bob Morris, Jewelle Gomez, Felice Picano, Ellen Hart, and Shawn Stewart Ruff, as well as the two most recent winners of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, Katherine V. Forrest and Martin Duberman. As curator of Outspoken, a nationwide gay and lesbian literary series, she helps new and established voices reach a wider audience. Karlsberg also has produced the first Olivia Book Expo on the Holland Americas line, and is the co-editor of the anthologies To Be Continued and To Be Continued Take Two. *** The Ferro-Grumley Award for lesbian and gay fiction was 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.

Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

  • G. Winston James, Shaming the Devil (Top Pen Press)
  • Barb Johnson, More of This World or Maybe Another (Harper Perennial) [Read our review]
  • Eleanor Lerman, The Blonde on the Train (Mayapple Press)
  • Vestal McIntyre, Lake Overturn (Harper) [Read our review]
  • Jill Malone, A Field Guide to Deception (Bywater Books)
  • Sebastian Stuart, The Hour Between (Alyson Books)


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