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Sookie Stackhouse Creator Honored at Straight for Equality Awards

Posted on March 14, 2011 by in Features, News

Charlaine Harris, author of the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series, has been honored for her work as a straight ally at the Straight for Equality Awards, a yearly event sponsored by PFLAG. Harris, who was presented with the first ever Straight for Equality in Literature award, wrote on her blog:

When I began to write the Sookie series, over a decade ago, I made a conscious decision to parallel the struggle of vampires with the struggle of gay people to gain basic rights. I also realized that a lot of people wouldn’t care about the subtext of the books, and that’s okay, too. I’m not trying to preach. I just wanted to make a point in my own way. DaemonBooks

Michael Cunningham Elected Into Arts Academy: The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced 10 new members, including Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham (The Hours) and former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove. The new inductees will be honored in a ceremony to be held this May. YahooNews

Dan Savage Adaptation Scores Major Grant: Michael Zam, Andy Monroe and Jack Lechner won a Jonathan Larson Grant for their musical, “The Kid”, based on the book by Dan Savage. The grants are awarded each year to those who demonstrate talent and innovation in theatre. Zam, Monroe, and Lechner seek to accomplish just that:

We want to make musical theatre history. We want to tackle subject matter that no one else has touched; to break ground in formal,
structural, and musical ways; and leave our audiences challenged and entertained. We can’t understand why anyone would work in musical theater with any other goals than these. AmericanTheatreWing

Jodi Picoult’s Son Came Out As She Was Writing New Novel: Jodi Picoult, whose new novel, Sing You Home, recently debuted at No. 1 on USA Today’s best seller list, says she was in the midst of researching and writing the novel when her then 17-year-old son, Kyle, came out to her and her husband. Picoult’s new novel explores the issue of gay rights and the meaning of family by telling the story of a divorced woman who develops romantic feelings for another woman. At a recent promotional event for her book, Picoult said:

I actually started writing about this because it was so upsetting to me personally that gay rights is even an issue in this country. I travel enough to know that it just isn’t an issue anywhere else. And they wonder why Americans are so hung up on it. I have so many gay friends and I’ve known so many gay people over the years. I have gay relatives. USAToday

Joan of Arc Playwright Performs Her Work: Carolyn Gage, a respected lesbian playwright from Maine, has recently performed her one-woman show, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, at the University of Victoria. Cage has authored seven books on lesbian theater and has produced more than 50 plays, musicals and shows. Gage depicts Catholic saint Joan of Arc as a teenaged lesbian runaway. Gage first performed the piece 22 years ago in a storefront women’s theater. TimesColonist

Book Buzz: March 2010

Posted on February 28, 2010 by in Book Buzz

Book Buzz is a monthly column of news and noteworthy tidbits from the LGBT writing and publishing community. (more…)

21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Posted on February 18, 2010 by in Past Winners & Finalists


LGBT Anthologies | LGBT Childrens/Young Adult | LGBT Drama | LGBT Nonfiction LGBT Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror | LGBT Studies | Bisexual | Transgender | Lesbian Debut Fiction | Gay Debut Fiction | Lesbian Erotica | Gay Erotica | Lesbian Fiction | Gay Fiction | Lesbian Memoir/Biography | Men’s Memoir/Biography | Lesbian Mystery | Gay Mystery | Lesbian Poetry | Gay Poetry | Lesbian Romance | Gay Romance


LGBT ANTHOLOGIES

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  • Our Caribbean edited by Thomas Glave (Duke University Press)
  • A Casulty of War: Gay Short Fiction by Peter Burton (Arcadia Books)
  • Live Through This edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev (Seven Stories Press)
  • Love, West Hollywood edited by Chris Freeman and James J. Berg (Alyson)
  • Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing edited by Raphael Kadushin (University of Wisconsin Press)

BISEXUAL

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  • Open by Jenny Block (Seal Press)
  • Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love & Desire by Lisa M. Diamond (Harvard University Press)
  • The Bishop’s Daughter by Honor Moore (W.W. Norton)
  • Kinsey Zero Through Sixty: Bisexual Perspectives on Kinsey by Ron Jackson Suresha (Taylor & Francis Journals)
  • Rimbaud by Edmund White (Atlas & Company)

TRANSGENDER

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  • Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) by Thea Hillman (Manic D Press)
  • 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert & Rex Ray (Seven Stories Press)
  • Two Truths and a Lie by Scott Schofield (Homofactus Press)
  • Boy with Flowers by Ely Shipley (Barrow Street Press)
  • Transgender History by Susan Stryker (Seal Press)

LGBT CHILDRENS/YOUNG ADULT

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  • Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (Dutton)
  • Hit the Road, Manny: A Manny Files Novel by Christian Burch (Simon and Schuster)
  • How They Met & Other Stories by David Levithan (Knopf Children’s Books)
  • Mousetraps by Pat Schmatz (Carolrhoda Books)
  • What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story by Ellen Wittlinger (Simon and Schuster)

LGBT DRAMA

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  • The Second Coming of Joan of Arc by Carolyn Gage (Outskirts Press)
  • Phi Alpha Gamma by Dan Bernitt (Sawyer House)
  • Radical Acts: Collected Political Plays by Martin Duberman (The New Press)
  • Two Truths and a Lie by Scott Schofield (Homofactus Press)
  • Vile Affections by Vanda (Original Works Publishing)

LGBT NONFICTION

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  • Loving The Difficult by Jane Rule (Hedgerow Press)
  • Me as Her Again by Nancy Agabian (Aunt Lute Books)
  • If I Could Write This in Fire by Michelle Cliff (Univ of Minnesota Press)
  • Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge Jr (Penguin Group)
  • Beyond (Straight & Gay) Marriage by Nancy Polikoff (Beacon Press)
  • Drifting Toward Love by Kai Wright (Beacon Press)

LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR

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  • Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling (Blind Eye Books)
  • The Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara (Blind Eye Books)
  • The Magician and the Fool by Barth Anderson (Bantam Del Rey)
  • Wilde Stories 2008 by Steve Berman (Lethe Press)
  • Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories by Craig Gidney (Lethe Press)

LGBT STUDIES

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  • Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality by Regina Kunzel (The University of Chicago Press)
  • Tomboys: A Literary & Cultural History by Michelle Ann Abate (Temple University Press)
  • The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington by Amin Ghaziani (The University of Chicago Press)
  • Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, & the Politics of Progressive Reform by Kevin P. Murphy (Columbia University Press)
  • Screening Sex by Linda Williams (Duke University Press)

LESBIAN DEBUT FICTION

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  • The Bruise by Magdalena Zurawski (Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press)
  • Red Audrey & the Roping by Jill Malone (Bywater Books)
  • Passing for Black by Linda Villarosa (Kensington)
  • Closer to Fine by Meri Weiss (Kensington)
  • Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind by Chavisa Woods (Fly by Night Press)

LESBIAN EROTICA

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  • In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip by Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Lipstick on Her Collar by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia (Pretty Things Press)
  • Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures by Lynne Jamneck (Lethe Press)

LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION

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  • Tie: The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Tie: All the Pretty Girls by Chandra Mayor (Conundrum Press)
  • The Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Map of Ireland by Stephanie Grant (Scribner)
  • Breaking Spirit Bridge by Ruth Perkinson (Spinsters Ink)

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

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  • Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir by Maureen Seaton (University of Wisconsin Press)
  • Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy by Susan Griffin (Shambhala Publications)
  • Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) by Thea Hillman (Manic D Press)
  • Sex Variant Woman by Joanne Passet (Da Capo)
  • Case of a Lifetime by Abbe Smith (Palgrave Macmillan)

LESBIAN MYSTERY

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  • Whacked by Josie Gordon (Bella Books)
  • Blind Faith by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Sweet Poison by Ellen Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Losers Weepers by Jessica Thomas (Bella Books)
  • Calling the Dead by Ali Vali (Bold Strokes Books)

LESBIAN POETRY

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  • love belongs to those who do the feeling by Judy Grahn (Red Hen Press )
  • Interpretive Work by Elizabeth Bradfield (Arktoi/Red Hen Press)
  • Kissing Dead Girls by Daphne Gottlieb (Soft Skull Press)
  • Same Life by Maureen N. McLane, Farrar (Straus and Giroux)
  • Two Minutes of Light by Nancy K. Pearson (Perugia Press)

LESBIAN ROMANCE

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  • The Kiss That Counted by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books)
  • Finding Home by Georgia Beers (Bold Strokes Books)
  • A Pirate’s Heart by Catherine Friend (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Hotel Liaison by JLee Meyer (Bold Strokes Books)
  • The Lonely Hearts Club by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)

GAY DEBUT FICTION

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  • Finlater by Shawn Stewart Ruff (Quote Editions)
  • Shuck by Daniel Allen Cox (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg (Soho Press)
  • The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie The Second by Drew Ferguson (Kensington)
  • The Steve Machine by Mike Hoolboom (Coach House Books)

GAY EROTICA

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  • Best Gay Erotica 2009 by Richard Labonte & James Lear (Cleis Press)
  • The Secret Tunnel by James Lear (Cleis Press)
  • Hard Working Men by William Maltese, Victor J. Banis, Jardonn Smith, & J.P. Bowie (MLR Press)

GAY GENERAL FICTION

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  • We Disappear by Scott Heim (Harper Perennial)
  • Stray Dog Winter by David Francis (Macadam/Cage Publishing)
  • The Torturer’s Wife by Thomas Glave (City Light Publishers)
  • The Conversion by Joseph Olshan (St. Martin’s Press)
  • The Boomerang Kid by Jay Quinn (Alyson)

GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

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  • Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham (Verso Books)
  • Bringing Him Home by Aaron Cooper (Late August Press)
  • Swish by Joel Derfner (Broadway Books)
  • Assisted Loving by Bob Morris (Harper)
  • King of Shadows by Aaron Shurin (City Lights Publishers)

GAY MYSTERY

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  • First You Fall by Scott Sherman (Alyson Books)
  • The Fisher Boy by Stephen Anable (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Sundowner Ubuntu by Anthony Bidulka (Insomniac Press)
  • Mahu Fire by Neil Plakcy (Alyson Books)
  • Spider Season by John Morgan Wilson (St. Martin’s Press)

GAY POETRY

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  • Tie: Fire to Fire by Mark Doty (Harper)
  • Tie: Now You’re the Enemy by James Allen Hall (Univ. of Arkansas Press)
  • Want by Rick Barot (Sarabande Press)
  • Please by Jericho Brown (New Issues)
  • My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer by Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi & Kevin Killian (Wesleyan University Press)

GAY ROMANCE

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  • Got ’til it’s Gone by Larry Duplechan (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Mexican Heat by Laura Baumbach & Josh Lanyon (MLR Press)
  • The Protector by N.L. Gassert (Seventh Window Publications)