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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Carellin Brooks named finalists for 2015 Publishing Triangle literary awards

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (photo: Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes)

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (photo: Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes)

Two Canadian authors have made shortlists for the 2015 Publishing Triangle and Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards. Administered by the New York–based advocacy association, the awards note excellent LGBT books released the previous year.

Native Vancouverite Carellin Brooks is a finalist for the $1,000 Edmund White Award for debut fiction for her novel, One Hundred Days of Rain (BookThug), about mourning, rain, and the demise of a marriage.

Toronto writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is shortlisted for both the $1,000 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-fiction for Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home (Arsenal Pulp Press) and the $500 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry for Bodymap (Maqenzi House/TSAR). Piepzna-Samarasinha was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award last week.

A select group of finalists, to be announced at a later date, will read from their nominated works on April 20 at the LGBT Community Services Centre in Manhattan. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at New York City’s The New School on April 21.