Garth Greenwell, Douglas Stuart among Lambda award nominees


NEW YORK — Fiction by Garth Greenwell and Douglas Stuart and nonfiction by author-comedian Samantha Irby are among this year’s nominees for the Lambda Literary Awards, given for the best of LGBTQ writing.

Greenwell’s “Cleanness” and Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain,” winner of the Booker Prize last fall, are contenders for best gay fiction, along with Joon Oluchi Lee’s “Neotenica,” Brandon Taylor’s “Real Life” and Dennis E. Staples’ “This Town Sleeps.” The finalists for best lesbian fiction are K-Ming Chang’s “Bestiary,” Francesca Ekwuyasi’s “Butter Honey Pig Bread,” Jennifer Steil’s “Exile Music,” Juli Delgado Lopera’s “Fiebre Tropical” and Jean Kyoung Frazier’s “Pizza Girl.”

Talia Hibbert’s “Take a Hint, Dani Brown” is a nominee for best bisexual fiction, with other finalists including Elisabeth Thomas’ “Catherine House,” C Pam Zhang’s “How Much of These Hills Is Gold,” Sulaiman Addonia’s “Silence Is My Mother Tongue” and Zaina Arafat’s “You Exist Too Much.” The transgender fiction nominees were Nino Cipri’s “Finna,” Chana Porter’s “The Seep,” Vivek Shraya’s “The Subtweet,” Zeyn Joukhadar’s “The Thirty Names of Night” and Lydia Rogue’s “Trans-Galactic Bike Ride.”

Finalists in 24 categories, ranging from science fiction to poetry to memoir/autobiography, were announced Monday by the nonprofit Lambda Literary organization. Other nominees include Irby’s essay collection “Wow, No Thank You” for best bisexual nonfiction, Jenn Shapland’s “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” for best lesbian memoir/biography and Eduardo C. Corral’s “Guillotine” for gay poetry.

Winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony June 1.

The Lambda awards, also known as the “Lammies,” were established in 1989. Previous winners include Edmund White, Dorothy Allison, Bryan Washington and Carmen Maria Machado.


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