Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards were announced on March 4th, 2015. Now in their twenty-seventh year, the awards honor achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2014. The Lambda Literary Awards – or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known – kick off another record-breaking year with finalists chosen from a record 818 submissions. In the categories of Bisexual Literature, Eight bisexual books were chosen as finalists.
The finalists in the category of Bisexual Fiction and Non-Fiction are:
- Fire Shut Up In My Bones, Charles M. Blow, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Not My Father’s Son, Alan Cumming, HarperCollins Publishers/Dey Street Books
- Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, Editors: Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams, Bisexual Resource Center
- Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction, Sheela Lambert editor, Gressive Press, an imprint of Circlet Press
- Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, Ron J. Suresha, Lethe Press
- Finder of Lost Objects, Susie Hara, Ithuriel’s Spear
- Give It to Me, Ana Castillo, The Feminist Press
- She of the Mountains, Vivek Shraya, Arsenal Pulp Press
“Each year, the Lammys bring national attention to the best LGBTQ books, which are often overlooked by the mainstream media and might otherwise be forgotten,” said Lambda Literary Board President, S. Chris Shirley. “This critical program of Lambda Literary not only recognizes the outstanding work of these talented authors, but also underscores the importance of LGBTQ stories, which are fundamental to the preservation of our culture.”
Although Lambda Literary has a long history of celebrating the work of bisexual authors and bisexual-themed literature, these titles were historically submitted to the Lambda Literary Awards in various categories.
In 2007, the Lambda Literary Board of Directors recognized the increased visibility of bisexual literature and created a category specifically for it. When the first Bisexual Lammy was awarded to Mike Szymanski and Nicole Kristal for The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe, bisexual authors and community leaders came from all over the country for the Awards Program.
Since that time, there have been increasingly more bisexual-themed books published and submitted for consideration for the Lambda Literary Awards. In 2010, Lambda Literary expanded opportunities for and created separate categories for bisexual fiction and nonfiction.
Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies. Pioneer and Trustee Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and presenters will be announced in April. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 1, 2015 in New York City at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union.
More than 100 literary professionals, including booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, and previous Lammy winners and finalists volunteered countless hours of reading, critical thinking, and invigorating discussion to select the finalists in 24 categories.
“On behalf of Lambda’s staff and board, we congratulate this year’s finalists for their outstanding achievement among a field of submissions chock-full of talent,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “I’d also like to thank our deeply dedicated judges who read and deliberate the submitted books. Theirs is a tremendous contribution to our literary communities.”