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Seventeen Canadian authors nominated for Lambda Literary Awards

The finalists for the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards, which recognize excellence in LGBT literature published the year prior, have been announced.

Raziel Reid

Seventeen* Canadian authors were shortlisted in 12 of 27 categories. A record number of 818 titles were submitted for this year’s award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony June 1 at New York City’s Great Hall at Cooper Union.

The Canadian finalists, selected by a group of more than 100 volunteers spanning various literary professions, are as follows:

  • Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene, Bobby Benedicto, University of Minnesota Press (LGBT Studies)
  • Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America, Rachel Hope Cleves, Oxford University Press (LGBT Studies)
  • Child of a Hidden Sea, A. M. Dellamonica, Tor Books (LGBT Science-fiction/Horror)
  • The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future, Aaron H. Devor, University of Victoria Libraries (LGBT Non-fiction)
  • For Today I Am a Boy, Kim Fu, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Transgender Fiction)
  • A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships , Bruce Gillespie, Touchwood Editions (LGBT Anthology)
  • Band Vs. Band Comix Volume 1, Kathleen Jacques, Paper Heart Comix (LGBT Graphic Novel)
  • 100 Crushes, Elisha Lim, Koyama Press (LGBT Graphic Novel)
  • Cease: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Desire, Lynette Loeppky, Oolichan Books (Lesbian Memoir/Biography)
  • Adult Onset, Ann-Marie Macdonald, Knopf Canada (Lesbian General Fiction)
  • UnCatholic Conduct, Stevie Mikayne, Bold Strokes Books (Lesbian Mystery)
  • Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, Shani Mootoo, Doubleday Canada (Transgender Fiction)
  • A Safe Girl To Love, Casey Plett, Topside Press (Transgender Fiction)
  • MxT, Sina Queyras, Coach House Books (Lesbian Poetry)
  • When Everything Feels Like the Movies, Raziel Reid, Arsenal Pulp Press (LGBT Children’s/YA)
  • She of the Mountains, Vivek Shraya; Raymond Biesinger, illus., Arsenal Pulp Press (Bi-sexual Fiction)
  • Janey’s Arcadia, Rachel Zolf, Coach House Books (Lesbian Poetry)

*Correction March 9: An earlier version of this story neglected to mention Ottawa author Stevie Mikayne on the roster of finalists.