October 22, 2014

22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Posted on 10. May, 2010 by in Past Winners & Finalists

These Finalists represent books published in 2009.

LGBT Anthology

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

  • Sprout, by Dale Peck (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Ash, by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown)
  • How Beautiful the Ordinary, edited by Michael Cart (HarperCollins)
  • In Mike We Trust, by P.E. Ryan (HarperCollins)
  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd (Penguin Books)

LGBT Drama

  • The Collected Plays Of Mart Crowley, by Mart Crowley (Alyson Books)
  • The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, by Kate Moira Ryan & Linda S. Chapman (Dramatists Play Service)
  • Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor, by Bonnie J. Morris (Indiana University Press)

LGBT Nonfiction

LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror

  • Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam/Spectra Books)
  • Centuries Ago and Very Fast, by Rebecca Ore (Aqueduct Press)
  • Fist of the Spider Woman, by Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • In the Closet, Under the Bed, by Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe Press)
  • Pumpkin Teeth, by Tom Cardamone (Lethe Press)

LGBT Studies

  • The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America, by Margot Canaday (Princeton University Press)
  • Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities, by Julie Abraham (University of Minnesota Press) [Review]
  • Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS, by Deborah B. Gould (University of Chicago Press)
  • The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, by Kathryn Bond Stockton (Duke University Press) [Review]
  • The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade, by Armando Maggi (University of Chicago Press)

Bisexual Fiction [TIE]

  • Holy Communion, by Mykola Dementiuk (Synergy Press)
  • Love You Two, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Random House Australia)
  • Arusha, by J.E. Knowles (Spinsters Ink) [Review]
  • The Janeid, by Bobbie Geary (The Graeae Press)
  • Torn, by Amber Lehman (Closet Case Press) [Review]

Bisexual Nonfiction

  • Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents, by Minal Hajratwala (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life, by Edna O’Brien (W. W. Norton)
  • Cheever: A Life, by Blake Bailey (Alfred A. Knopf) [Review]
  • Map, by Audrey Beth Stein (Lulu.com) [Review]
  • Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood’s Dark Dreamer, by Emanuel Levy (St. Martin’s Press)


  • Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show, by Lynn Breedlove (Manic D Press)
  • Bharat Jiva, by Kari Edwards (Litmus Press)
  • The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, by S. Bear Bergman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Transmigration, by Joy Ladin (Sheep Meadow Press)
  • Troglodyte Rose, by Adam Lowe (Cadaverine Publications)

Lesbian Debut Fiction

  • The Creamsickle, by Rhiannon Argo (Spinsters Ink)
  • The Bigness of the World, by Lori Ostlund (University of Georgia Press)
  • Land Beyond Maps, by Maida Tilchen (Savvy Press)
  • More of This World or Maybe Another, by Barb Johnson (Harper Perennial) [Review]
  • Verge, by Z Egloff (Bywater Books) [Review]

Gay Debut Fiction

  • Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal (Kensington Books)
  • God Says No, by James Hannaham (McSweeneys)
  • Pop Salvation, by Lance Reynald (HarperCollins)
  • Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories, by G. Winston James (Top Pen Press)
  • Sugarless, by James Magruder (University of Wisconsin Press)

Lesbian Erotica

  • Lesbian Cowboys, edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia (Cleis Press)
  • Flesh and Bone, by Ronica Black (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Punishment with Kisses, by Diane Anderson-Minshall (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Where the Girls Are, by D.L. King (Cleis Press)
  • Women of the Bite, Edited by Cecilia Tan (Alyson Books)

Gay Erotica

  • Impossible Princess, by Kevin Killian (City Lights)
  • Rough Trade: Dangerous Gay Erotica, edited by Todd Gregory (Bold Strokes Books) [Review]
  • I Like It Like That: True Tales of Gay Desire, edited by Richard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • The Low Road, by James Lear (Cleis Press)
  • Eight Inches, by Sean Wolfe (Kensington Books)

Lesbian Fiction

  • A Field Guide to Deception, by Jill Malone (Bywater Books)
  • Dismantled, by Jennifer McMahon (HarperCollins)
  • Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory, by Emma Pérez (University of Texas Press)
  • Risk, by Elana Dykewomon (Bywater Books) [Review]
  • This One’s Going to Last Forever, by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press)

Gay Fiction

  • Lake Overturn, by Vestal McIntyre (HarperCollins)
  • The River In Winter, by Matt Dean (Queens English Productions)
  • Said and Done, by James Morrison (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Salvation Army, by Abdellah Taia (Semiotext(e)) [Review]
  • Silver Lake, by Peter Gadol (Tyrus Books) [Review]

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

  • The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life, by Mary Cappello (Alyson Books)
  • Mean Little deaf Queer, by Terry Galloway (Beacon Press) [Review]
  • My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement, by Alix Dobkin (Alyson Books)
  • Likewise: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag, by Ariel Schrag (Touchstone)

Gay Memoir/Biography

  • Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back, by Reynolds Price (Scribner Books)
  • City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960′s and 70′s, by Edmund White (Bloomsbury USA) [Review]
  • Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division, by Jon Ginoli (Cleis Press)
  • Once You Go Back, by Douglas A. Martin (Seven Stories Press) [Review]
  • The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief, by David Plante (Beacon Press) [Review]

Lesbian Mystery

Gay Mystery

Lesbian Poetry

  • Zero at the Bone, by Stacie Cassarino (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
  • Bird Eating Bird, by Kristin Naca (HarperCollins)
  • Gospel: Poems, by Samiya Bashir (Red Bone Press)
  • Names, by Marilyn Hacker (W.W. Norton)
  • Stars of the Night Commute, by Ana Božičević (Tarpaulin Sky Press)

Gay Poetry

  • Sweet Core Orchard, by Benjamin S. Grossberg (University of Tampa Press)
  • Breakfast with Thom Gunn, by Randall Mann (University of Chicago Press)
  • The Brother Swimming Beneath Me, by Brent Goodman (Black Lawrence Press)
  • The First Risk, by Charles Jensen (Lethe Press)
  • What the Right Hand Knows, by Tom Healy (Four Way Books)

Lesbian Romance

  • The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin, by Colette Moody (Bold Strokes Books)
  • It Should Be a Crime, by Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes Books)
  • No Rules of Engagement, by Tracey Richardson (Bella Books)
  • Stepping Stone, by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books)
  • Worth Every Step, by KG MacGregor (Bella Books)

Gay Romance

  • Drama Queers!, by Frank Anthony Polito (Kensington Books)
  • A Keen Edge, by H. Leigh Aubrey (iUniverse)
  • The Rest of Our Lives, by Dan Stone (Lethe Press)
  • Time After Time, by J.P. Bowie (MLR Press)
  • Transgressions, by Erastes (Running Press)


For a complete list of past Winners & Finalists (1988 – 2008) click here.

Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director, Lambda Literary Foundation. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program of the California Institute of the Arts, Valenzuela is a longtime community activist and writer whose work has focused on LGBT civil rights, sexual liberation and gay men’s health. Read his full bio here and contact him here.



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