The Independent Publisher Book Awards announced their top three medalists in a ridiculous, self-defeating total of 94 categories (72 genres plus 22 additional regional honors) yet in the most important race, Literary Fiction, sense and sensibility triumphed: Paul Russell's The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov [Kindle] took the silver right behind the gold for Jaimy Gordon's National Book Award winner, Lord of Misrule. Is Paul's heavy title or the dim, creepily eyeless cover keeping people away from this fine novel? Trust me, you needn't know or care about any of the Nabokovs to relish the feast.
The IPPYs have a separate ghetto for every kind of book, including LGBT, for which the winners are:
Gold: Beatitude by Larry Closs
Silver: Shaken and Stirred by Joan Opyr
Bronze: The Girls Club by Sally Bellerose