The Publishing Triangle has announced their finalists for this year's awards in lgbt nonfiction, fiction, debut fiction, and poetry. Because they have fewer categories, and fewer nominees in each category, it's always fascinating to compare their choices to Lambda's selections (marked below with an L). Lots of overlap this year across every category; thirteen of the twenty-one nominees are duplicates.
The lifetime achievement award will be presented to Blanche Wiesen Cook. She's as remarkable a lecturer as she is a writer and I cannot wait to hear her speech.
The Lambda Literary Awards ceremony will be held at SVA on May 27 and costs $100 per person. The Publishing Triangle Book Awards ceremony is April 29 at the New School and free.
Year after year these two worthy, noble groups [Publishing Triangle is all volunteer] insist on announcing their finalists within 48 hours of each other. The National Book Awards nominees and the Pulitzers are six months apart. The Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize stories collections are published five months apart. It diminishes the impact and the excitement of America's only two major lgbt book awards ceremonies to see them trip over each other like this every March.
Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction
G. Winston James, Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories (L)
Barb Johnson, More of This World or Maybe Another (L)
Eleanor Lerman, The Blonde on the Train
Vestal McIntyre, Lake Overturn (L)
Jill Malone, A Field Guide to Deception (L)
Sebastian Stuart, The Hour Between
Finalists for Lesbian NonfictionRebecca Brown, American Romances: Essays
Mary Cappello, Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life (L)
Joan Schenkar, The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Highsmith (L)
Finalists for Gay Nonfiction
James Davidson, The Greeks and Greek Love (L)
Chad Heap, Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940
David Plante, The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief (L)
Poetry after the jump
Finalists for Lesbian Poetry
Stacie Cassarino, Zero at the Bone (L)
Kristin Naca, Bird Eating Bird (L)
Lee Ann Roripaugh, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year
Finalists for Gay Poetry
Brent Goodman, The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (L)
D.A. Powell, Chronic
Ronaldo V. Wilson, Poems of the Black Object