“Passing for Black” and Cristy Road’s “Bad Habits” are up for Lambda’s Lit Awards in 2008

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Every year, the Lambda Literary Foundation recognizes books written by and about members of the LGBT community. This year, they’ve announced the nominees, which will eventually become a short list which will then be voted on by members of the literary community.

This year, it seems queer women have dominated in being overall the most creative, as even in their specific categories, their stories are told in the most different of ways (from graphic novels to first-person narratives to odes to The Indigo Girls). Although that will probably make it more difficult for the judges to make their decisions, it gives me a lot of reading to catch up on over the holidays.

Cristy Road and a panel from “Bad Habits: A Love Story”

Some of the nominees are as follows:

BISEXUAL

Me as Her Again, Nancy Agabian, Aunt Lute Books

Open, Jenny Block, Seal Press

Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love & Desire, Lisa M. Diamond, Harvard University Press

Wolf Tales VI, Kate Douglas, Kensington

Seeking Sara Summers, Susan Gabriel, Wild Lily Arts

Rhythm: A Novel, Robin Meloy Goldsby, Bass Lion Publishing

Secrets So Deep, K.G. MacGregor, Bella

The Bishop’s Daughter, Honor Moore, W.W. Norton

Bad Habits, Cristy Road, Soft Skull Press

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, Susan Griffin, Shambhala Publications

Sex Variant Woman, Joanne Passet, Da Capo

Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir, Maureen Seaton, University of Arkansas Press

Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying out in America, Jennifer Storm, Hazelden Publishing

Seaton’s memoir and the hardcover manual it is based on

LESBIAN DEBUT FICTION

Marti Brown and the House of Face, Teresa R. Allen, Alpha World Press

Relief, L.E. Butler, Regal Crest Publishing

Last Chance at the Lost & Found, Marcia Finical, Bywater Books

The Odd Couple, Q. Kelly, Regal Crest Publishing

The Antonym of Apathy, Hilary Kyle, Antonym Publishing

Red Audrey & the Roping, Jill Malone, Bywater Books

As Far As Far Enough, Claire Rooney, Bella

Made for You, Geneva St. James, Alpha World Press

The Mud of the Place, Susananna Sturgis, Speed-of-C Productions

Passing for Black, Linda Villarosa, Kensington

Closer to Fine, Meri Weiss, Kensington

Looking Through Windows, Caren Werlinger, Windstorm Creative

Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, Chavisa Woods, Fly by Night Press

Over the Course of a Lifetime, J.G. Woodward, Invincible Publishing

The Bruise, Magdalena Zurawski, Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press

For more of the nominees, including Lesbian Poetry, Lesbian Erotica, Lesbian Drama and all other LGBT and gay categories, visit www.lambdaliterary.org.

Did you read any of these books in ’08? Any recommendations or predictions?

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