Why do the two biggest awards in gay books insist on releasing their lists of finalists three days apart? The clumsy timing subtracts from both and lessens the chance of wider, much needed attention for these very deserving titles.
The Publishing Triangle announced the nominees for this year's best lgbt books, and surprisingly their main fiction selections have zero only one overlap with the Lambda Literary Awards' finalists, Ellen Wittlinger's Love & Lies, which is a companion to her Printz-honored and Lambda-winning Hard Love. (Miserably, both lists share the omission of Daniel Mendelsohn's essay collection.) As for consensus, eleven a dozen authors deserve double congratulations this year as finalists for both a Lammy and a Publishing Triangle Award: Elizabeth Bradfield, Jericho Brown, Mark Doty, Evan Fallenberg, Regina Kunzel, Maureen McLane, Bob Morris, Nancy Polikoff, Shawn Stewart Ruff, Ely Shipley, Ellen Wittlinger, and Kai Wright.
Winners will be announced in a ceremony at The New School on May 7.
Alison Bechdel, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
David Ebershoff, The 19th Wife
Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage
Blair Mastbaum, Us Ones In Between
Ben Taylor, The Book of Getting Even
Ellen Wittlinger, Love and Lies
Regina Kunzel, Criminal Intimacy
Nancy Polikoff, Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage
Andrea Weiss, In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain
Linas Alsenas, Gay America
Bob Morris, Assisted Loving
Kai Wright, Drifting Toward Love
Elizabeth Bradfield, Interpretive Work
Maureen McLane, Same Life
Elaine Sexton, Causeway
Jericho Brown, Please,
Mark Doty, Fire to Fire
Ely Shipley, Boy with Flowers
Evan Fallenberg, Light Fell
Alistair McCartney, The End of the World Book
Shawn Stewart Ruff, Finlater