'Getting Somewhere' by Beth Neff

Neff’s debut novel tackles issues of coming of age, belonging, following your dreams, and redemption, while wrestling with the realities of  societal homophobia. Add in the strong feelings and complex social negotiations of teens trying to make their way in a world that seems to already have rejected them, and adults that struggle with being both role… read more

'Growing Up Delicious' by Marianne Banks

In the opening scene of Marianne Banks’ first novel, Growing Up Delicious (Bella), the protagonist, Jennifer Andersen, admits something we’ve all felt one time or another: “The problem was I looked grown up but felt twelve years old.”… read more

Laurie Weeks: Making Magic Out of the Real

“I’m trying to find my own map to some zone that offers the potential to reclaim simple awareness and curiosity and connection, as well as a devotional kind of re-enchantment of the ordinary in a country where utter disenchantment of the world is the norm.”… read more

'The Girls Club' by Sally Bellerose

The opening chapter of The Girls Club (Bywater Books) by Sally Bellerose lays it all out on the table. But this just a taste of what the reader will find throughout the rest of the novel—body, sisterhood, illness, family, confused sexuality. In this unabashed prose, Bellerose captures a specific time, place, and circumstance while managing… read more

'Zipper Mouth' by Laurie Weeks

Momentum has a language, and in her long awaited debut novel Zipper Mouth (Feminist Press), Laurie Weeks speaks it fluidly. Every verb pops, and sentences fling themselves forward with colorful climax. In a slim 158 pages, there may not be a denouement—no coming of age, no epiphany, no peak accomplishment—but there is so much movement… read more

'Janet Planet' by Eleanor Lerman

I was 15 years old in the summer of 1969, the summer Woodstock happened: Jimi Hendrix’s scorching “Star-Spangled Banner” sliding into “Purple Haze,” and that great clip in the movie, of the three nuns, one flashing a peace sign at the camera. The 60s were fun. We got to say words like “groovy” (one of… read more

21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards

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… read more

20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

LGBT Anthology | 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… read more

19th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

LGBT Anthology | 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… read more

17th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

ANTHOLOGIES/FICTION WINNER: Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction edited by Donald Weise (Carroll & Graf) Best Lesbian Love Stories 2004 edited by Angela Brown (Alyson) Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea (Alyson) Serendipity: The Gay Times Book of New Stories edited by Peter… read more