A lot of authors queer the line between real life and art, but Bernard Cooper wins fiction prizes for his nonfiction: Twenty-two years ago he won the 1991 PEN Hemingway -- an award for first novel or debut story collection -- for his memoir/autobiographical essays Maps to Anywhere. And his 1994 Harpers piece "Truth Serum" won an O Henry story award a year before his second memoir appeared, Truth Serum, which became a Lammy finalist for autobiography. He has published one novel, A Year of Rhymes (1993), about Burt Zerkin, a suburban L.A. boy dealing with his dawning homosexuality and his adored big brother dying of leukemia, and one collection of short fiction, Guess Again (2000), which is almost entirely gay; it earned an A from Entertainment Weekly, was a Lammy fiction finalist and an ALA Stonewall/Gittings honor book. In 2006, he released a third memoir, The Bill from My Father [Kindle], detailing his pretty horrible dad, a lawyer who once presented him an itemized bill for his upbringing totaling $2 million. The recipient of an NEA grant and a Guggenheim, Bernard Cooper is the very rare nonfiction author who writes gay and has been selected for the Best American Essays series five times: 1988, 1995, 1997, 2002, and 2008. Today he's 62 and next year Norton will publish a collection of recent work on his love of the avant-garde.