More of the Best: Pub Triangle Awards and Katniss Found

Award season is in full swing now! The Publishing Triangle has just announced their finalists for the annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the New School on April 28, 2011.

 A few overlaps from the Lammy’s but it’s nice to see so many different titles from lots of small, indie presses. Many of these have slipped completely under my radar.

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

 Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings (HarperCollins)

Emma Donoghue, Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (Alfred A.Knopf)

 Barbara Hammer, Hammer! (Feminist Press)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

 R. Tripp Evans, Grant Wood (Alfred A. Knopf)

 Wendy Moffat, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster (Farrar Straus Giroux). Why I haven’t read this already, I don’t know. I just finished A Passage to India and now I know why considering it one of the best novels of the twentieth century is spot on. And if you haven’t read Maurice (my first gay book!), Where Angels Fear to Tread, Howard’s End, or the book I always read on the plane to Italy, A Room with a View, pick one up today…or watch the magnificently well-done Merchant-Ivory movies.

Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar Straus Giroux) This book is following me everywhere….

Judges’ Special Award in Nonfiction

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (Seal Press)

 Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

Elizabeth J. Colen, Money for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books)

Jen Currin, The Inquisition Yours (Coach House Books)

Eleanor Lerman, The Sensual World Re-emerges (Sarabande Books)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay

Paul Legault, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn)

Eric Leigh, Harm’s Way (University of Arkansas Press)

Michael Walsh, The Dirt Riddles (University of Arkansas Press)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Michael Alenyikov, Ivan and Mish (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press)

Katharine Beutner, Alcestis (Soho Press)

Catherine Kirkwood, Cut Away (Arktoi Books)

Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction

Daniel Black, Perfect Peace (St. Martin’s Press)

Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Big Bang Symphony (University of Wisconsin Press). Finally, one I’ve read!

Daniel Allen Cox, Krakow Melt (Arsenal Pulp Press)

David McConnell, The Silver Hearted (Alyson). Such a gorgeous jacket. On my shelf and next up!

Eileen Myles, Inferno (O/R Books)

Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You (Counterpoint Press)

Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award

Alan Hollinghurst. More incentive to finally read The Line of Beauty.

Publishing Triangle Leadership Award

Gay and Lesbian Review

My Lammy reading challenge hasn’t gotten off to a great start, but I have now read my first Val McDermid and she is nominated in the Lesbian Mystery category so can that count? Blast Molly Wizenberg and her fresh ginger cake with carmelized pears!

And for those Hunger Games movie watchers—Katniss has been found! Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence will play the role. I was kind of hoping for the girl from True Grit but Lawrence was amazing in the intense Winter’s Bone so I’m satisfied. Several actors are rumored to be under consideration for the role of Peeta Mellark, including Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right, Bridge to Terabithia) and Hunter Parrish (Weeds). Hmmmm……

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