2015’s Lambda Literary Award Winners List

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One of my favorite ways to discover new LGBT books is by finding a list of contest winners. Not only are the winners probably good choices, but the other nominees give you even more potential good books to choose from. I find that this is a better way to look for new novels to add to the TBR pile than the Amazon best sellers list since it can be gamed. And, if you missed it, the Lamda Literary Awards announced this year’s winners a couple of weeks ago. Here they are in case you’re looking for new books:

BISEXUAL FICTION

Give It to Me by Ana Castillo

BISEXUAL NONFICTION

Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow

GAY EROTICA

The King by Tiffany Reisz

GAY GENERAL FICTION

I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer

GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco
Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

GAY MYSTERY

Blackmail, My Love: A Murder Mystery by Katie Gilmartin

GAY POETRY

[insert] boy by Danez Smith

GAY ROMANCE

Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Mann

LESBIAN EROTICA

Lesbian Sex Bible by Diana Cage

LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION

Yabo by Alexis De Veaux

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, with Barbara Smith

LESBIAN MYSTERY

The Old Deep and Dark-A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart

LESBIAN POETRY

Mysterious Acts by My People by Valerie Wetlaufer

LESBIAN ROMANCE

The Farmer’s Daughter by Robbi McCoy

LGBT ANTHOLOGY

Understanding and Teaching US Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History by Leila J. Rupp & Susan K. Freeman

LGBT CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle

LGBT DEBUT

The Walk-In Closet by Abdi Nazemian

LGBT DRAMA

Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara

LGBT GRAPHIC NOVELS

Second Avenue Caper by Joyce Brabner

LGBT NONFICTION

Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Martin Duberman

LGBT SF/F/HORROR

Bitter Waters by Chaz Brenchley

LGBT STUDIES

Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture by Vincent Woodard, Ed. Justin A. Joyce and Dwight McBride

TRANSGENDER FICTION

A Safe Girl To Love by Casey Plett

TRANSGENDER NON-FICTION

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page McBee

For more information on the awards and the other nominees, visit the official site here.

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Shawna prefers fantasy books for the most part, but will read pretty much any type of fiction with LGBT characters. She prefers books with great secondary characters as well as main characters. And, she is really tired of lesbian romance novels where one character is/was straight and/or married to a guy. Despite that, she recently enjoyed Clare Ashton’s That Certain Something.

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