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The Green Carnation Longlist 2010—”a new prize for works of fiction and memoirs by gay men”—was announced last week. We don’t know too much about the award yet, but we’ve sent emails to the chair and will report back soon. The list includes a few well-known Americans—Armistead Maupin, Edmund White and James Hannaham—who are also previous Lambda Award finalists. Maupin was a finalist in 1989 for Sure of You. White won a Lambda in 1988 for The Beautiful Room Is Empty and again in 1993 for Genet (not to mention his 5 additional nominations). While Hannaham was a finalist for God Says No this year.
The award-winning thriller writer Christopher Fowler is the only author listed twice. I was excited to see Christos Tsiolkas and Damon Galgut on this list since both are longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. This is ironic since The Green Carnation was originally imagined as a sort of play on words that spoofed the Booker (Man Fooker Prize). The Canadian Douglas Coupland is also included. Did you know he has 338,948 followers on Twitter? Rupert Smith (aka James Lear) has 80. But who’s counting?