2020 Lambda Literary Awards

Lambda Literary Awards celebrates works that explore LGBT themes. Categories include Humor, Romance and Biography.  The Lambda Literary Foundation states that its mission is "to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians—the whole literary community."  The awards were instituted in 1988.

 

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Anthology     |     Juvenile & YA     |     Comics     |     Mystery, Sci-fi, & More!


 

Lesbian Fiction

Winner:

Book cover: Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Nominees:

Book cover: A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant, edited by Janice Gould Book cover: Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis Book cover: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett Book cover: On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl Book cover: A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian Book cover: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson Book cover: Stay and Fight by Madeline ffitch


 

Gay Fiction

Winner:

Book cover: Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington

Nominees:

Book cover: Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne Book cover: The Archive of Alternate Endings by Lindsey Drager Book cover: In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow Book cover: Like This Afternoon Forever by Jaime Manrique Book cover: Lord by João Gilberto Noll, translated by Edgar Garbelotto Book cover: Murmur by Will Eaves Book cover: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong


 

Bisexual Fiction

Winner:

Book cover: Exquisite Mariposa by Fiona Alison Duncan

Nominees:

Book cover: The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy Book cover: Just Pervs by Jess Taylor Book cover: Big Familia by Tomas Moniz Book cover: Jude by Garrett Leigh Book cover: The Not Wives by Carley Moore Book cover: The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes Book cover: Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley


 

Transgender Fiction

Winner:

Book cover: Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante

Nominees:

Book cover: The Beatrix Gates by Rachel Pollack Book cover: Honey Walls by Bones McKay Book cover: Poet, Prophet, Fox: The Tale of Sinnach the Seer by M.Z. McDonnell Book cover: The Trans Space Octopus Congregation by Bogi Takács


 

Bisexual Nonfiction

Winner:

Book cover: Socialist Realism by Trisha Low

Nominees:

Book cover: IMPERVIOUS: Confessions of a Semi-Retired Deviant by Janet W. Hardy Book cover: A World Without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference by Victoria Freeman

 


 

Transgender Nonfiction

Winner:

Book cover: We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma

Nominees:

Book cover: Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen Book cover: Time Is the Thing A Body Moves Through by T Fleischmann Book cover: Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model for Understanding Gender by S.J. Langer


 

LGBTQ+ Nonfiction

Winner:

Book cover: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Nominees:

Book cover: Bloodflowers: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Photography, and the 1980s by W. Ian Bourland Book cover: A Year Without a Name by Cyrus Grace Dunham Book cover: Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson Book cover: The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives by Selby Wynn Schwartz Book cover: Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women by E. Patrick Johnson Book cover: When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan Book cover: Dying to Be Normal: Gay Martyrs and the Transformation of American Sexual Politics by Brett Krutzsch


 

Lesbian Poetry

Winner:

Book cover: & more black by t’ai freedom ford

Nominees:

Book cover: Odes to Lithium by Shira Erlichman Book cover: (the other house) by Rocío Carlos Book cover: Pressure Cooker Love Bomb by Sharanpal Ruprai Book cover: Soft Science by Franny Choi Book cover: Time, Etel Adnan by translated by Sarah Riggs Book cover: tsunami vs. the fukushima 50 by Lee Ann Roripaugh Book cover: Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova


 

Gay Poetry

Winner:

Book cover: SLINGSHOT by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson

Nominees:

Book cover: The Revisionist & The Astropastorals by Douglas Cras Book cover: Losing Miami by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué Book cover: The Tradition by Jericho Brown  Book cover: NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field by Billy-Ray Belcourt Book cover: Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets Book cover: The Experiment of the Tropics by Lawrence Lacambra Ypil  Book cover: Doomstead Days by Brian Teare


 

Bisexual Poetry

Winner:

Book cover: Pet Sounds by Stephanie Young

Nominees:

Book cover: Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix Book cover: HoodWitch by Faylita Hicks Book cover: water/tongue by mai c. doan Book cover: Revenge of the Asian Woman by Dorothy Chan Book cover: ROMANS/SNOWMARE by Cam Scott Book cover: Moira of Edges, Moira the Tart by Moina Pam Dick Book cover: A Sand Book by Ariana Reines 


 

Transgender Poetry

Winner:

Book cover: HULL by Xandria Phillips

Nominees:

Book cover: Dispatch by Cameron Awkward-Rich Book cover: EXTRATRANSMISSION by Andrea Abi-Karam Book cover: Our Weather Our Sea by Samuel Ace Book cover: The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi


 

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Winner:

Book cover: We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

Nominees:

Book cover: Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden Book cover: Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman Book cover: Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz Book cover: The Rib Joint: A Memoir In Essays by Julia Koets Book cover: Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser Book cover: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman Book cover: A Wild and Precious Life by Edie Windsor, with Joshua Lyon


 

Gay Memoir/Biography

Winner:

Book cover: How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Nominees:

Book cover: The Amphitheater of the Dead by Guy Hocquenghem, translated by Max Fox Book cover: DISASTERAMA! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997 by Alvin Orloff Book cover: I.M. by Isaac Mizrahi Book cover: In the Shadow of the Bridge by Joseph Caldwell Book cover: Jimmy Neurosis by James Oseland Book cover: The Light Years by Chris Rush Book cover: Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex by Siddharth Dube


 

Lesbian Romance

Winner:

Book cover: Aurora’s Angel: A Dark Fantasy Romance by Emily Noon

Nominees:

Book cover: Create a Life to Love by Erin Zak Book cover: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole Book cover: Pretending in Paradise by M. Ullrich Book cover: Top of Her Game by M. Ullrich Book cover: The Secret Chord by Virginia Hale Book cover: The Roommate Arrangement by Jae Book cover: Tennessee Whiskey by Donna K. Ford


 

Gay Romance

Winner:

Book cover: Joseph Chapman: My Molly Life by James Lovejoy

Nominees:

Book cover: Best Man by Chris Delyani Book cover: Kiss Me Again by Garrett Leigh Book cover: Digging Deep by Jay Hogan Book cover: Escaping Camp Roosevelt by Bryan T. Clark Book cover: My Baby Chased Away the Blues by R.A. Thorn Book cover: Blue Umbrella Sky by Rick R. Reed Book cover: Code Name: Liberty by Marshall Thornton


 

LGBTQ+ Anthology

Winners:

Book cover: Love WITH Accountability: Digging up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse, edited by Aishah Shahidah Simmons Book cover: A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969 by Noam Sienna

Nominees:

Book cover: The BreakBeat Poets Volume 3: Halal if You Hear Me, edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo Book cover: Foglifter Volume 4 Issue 2, edited by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett Book cover: The Heart of the Matter: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume III, edited by The Other Foundation Book cover: Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry, edited by Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme Book cover: LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia, edited by Jeff Mann and Julia Watts Book cover: Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity, edited by Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane


 

LGBTQ+ Children's/Young Adult

Winners:

Book cover: Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow Book cover: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Nominees:

Book cover: All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell Book cover: Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby Book cover: The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown Book cover: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi Book cover: Wilder Girls, Rory Power Book cover: Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson 


 

LGBTQ+ Comics

Winner:

Book cover: Cannonball by Kelsey Wroten

Nominees:

Book cover: Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden Book cover: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki Book cover: Death Threat by Vivek Shraya Book cover: Is This How You See Me? by Jaime Hernandez


 

Lesbian Mystery

Winner:

Book cover: Galileo by Ann McMan

Nominees:

Book cover: The Blood Runs Cold by Catherine Maiorisi Book cover: The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell Book cover: Twisted at the Root: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart Book cover: The Mirror of Muraro by Amelia Ellis


 

Gay Mystery

Winner:

Book cover: Carved in Bone: A Henry Rios Novel by Michael Nava

Nominees:

Book cover: ChoirMaster: A Mister Puss Mystery by Michael Craft Book cover: Death Takes a Bow by David S. Pederson Book cover: The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay Smith Book cover: Royal Street Reveillon by Greg Herren Book cover: The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney Book cover: Rewind by Marshall Thornton Book cover: The Nowhere by Chris Gill


 

LGBTQ+ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

Winner:

Book cover: The Deep by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes

Nominees:

Book cover: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James Book cover: Wake, Siren by Nina MacLaughlin Book cover: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Book cover: Stories to Sing in the Dark by Matthew Bright Book cover: A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney Book cover: False Bingo by Jac Jemc Book cover: The Rampant by Julie C. Day


 

 

LGBTQ+ Studies

Winner:

Book cover: All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence by Emily L. Thuma

Nominees:

Book cover: Archiving an Epidemic: Art, AIDS, and the Queer Chicanx Avant-Garde by Robb Hernández Book cover: Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century by Elizabeth Freeman Book cover: Queer Times, Black Futures by Kara Keeling Book cover: Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería and Vodou by Roberto Strongman Book cover: Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement by Jian Neo Chen Book cover: Scorpio Rising: A Queer Film Classic by R.L. Cagle Book cover: Reading Sideways: The Queer Politics of Art in Modern American Fiction by Dana Seitler

 

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