Seventeenth Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalists

New! Gay Men's Debut Fiction

A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl, CDS Books

Clay's Way by Blair Mastbaum, Alyson Publications

Half-Life by Aaron Krach, Alyson Publications

How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Marc Acito, Broadway Books

World Famous Love Acts by Brian Leung, Sarabande Books

Gay Men's Fiction

Collage by Ted Wojtasik, Livingston Press

The Disinherited by Han Ong, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

The Haunted Hillbilly by Derek McCormack, Soft Skull Press

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, Bloomsbury

The Master by Colm Toibin, Scribner

New! Lesbian Debut Fiction

Crybaby Butch by Judith Frank, Firebrand Books

Death by Discount by Mary Vermillion, Alyson Publications

Dish It Up, Baby! by Kristie Helms, Firebrand Books

Fire & Brimstone by Laurinda D. Brown, Strebor Books

Minus One: A Twelve-Step Journey by Bridget Bufford, Alice Street Editions

Lesbian Fiction

A Seahorse Year by Stacey D'Erasmo, Houghton Mifflin

Abundant Light by Valerie Miner, Michigan State University Press

Life Mask by Emma Donoghue, Harcourt

Skels by Maggie Dubris, Soft Skull Press

Venus of Chalk by Susan Stinson, Firebrand Books

Lesbian Poetry

Antidotes for an Alibi by Amy King, BlazeVox Books

Femme's Dictionary by Carol Guess, Calyx Books

Sweet to Burn by Beverly Burch, Gival Press

The School Among the Ruins by Adrienne Rich, W.W. Norton

Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver, Beacon Press

Gay Men's Poetry

Cocktails by D.A. Powell, Graywolf Press

nothin' ugly fly by Marvin K. White, RedBone Press

The Rest of Love by Carl Phillips, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Voluntary Servitude by Mark Wunderlich, Graywolf Press

Written in Water by Luis Cernuda, City Lights Publishers

Lesbian Mystery

An Intimate Ghost by Ellen Hart, St. Martin's Minotaur

Commitment to Die by Jennifer Jordan, Bean Pole Books

Death by Discount by Mary Vermillion, Alyson Publications

Hancock Park by Katherine V. Forrest, Berkley Prime Crime

The Wombat Strategy by Claire McNab, Alyson Publications

Gay Men's Mystery

Flight of Aquavit by Anthony Bidulka, Insomniac Press

Jackson Square Jazz by Greg Herren, Kensington Books

Moth and Flame by John Morgan Wilson, St. Martin's Minotaur

Someone You Know by Gary Zebrun, Alyson Publications

The Role Players by Dorien Grey, GLB Publishers

Fiction Anthology

Best Lesbian Love Stories 2004 edited by Angela Brown, Alyson Publications

Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction edited by Donald Weise, Carroll & Graff

Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea, Alyson Publications

Serendipity: Gay Times Book of New Stories edited by Peter Burton, GMP/Millivres

The Milk of Human Kindness edited by Lori L. Lake, Regal Crest Enterprises

Nonfiction Anthology

Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative edited by Mary Burger, Robert Gluck, Camille Roy and Gail Scott, Coach House Books

I Do/I Don't: Queers on Marriage edited by Greg Wharton and Ian Philips, Suspect Thoughts Press

Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer edited by Angela Brown, Alyson Publications

That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation edited by Mattilda, a.k.a Matt Bernstein Sycamore, Soft Skull Press

Wonderlands edited by Raphael Kadushin, University of Wisconsin Press


Blue Days, Black Nights: A Memoir by Ron Nyswaner, Advocate Books

Long Life by Mary Oliver, Da Capo Press

Name All the Animals by Alison Smith, Scribner

Rent Girl by Michelle Tea, Last Gasp

The Tomcat Chronicles by Jack Nichols, Harrington Park Press


Alice Walker: A Life by Evelyn C. White, W.W. Norton

Both: A Portrait in Two Parts by Douglas Crase, Pantheon

Jerome Robbins by Deborah Jowitt, Simon & Schuster

Laud Humphreys: Prophet of Homosexuality and Sociology by John F. Galliher, Wayne H. Brekhus and David P. Keys, University of Wisconsin Press

Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis De Veaux, W.W. Norton


All the Wrong Places by Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books

Best Gay Erotica 2005 edited by Richard Labonte, Cleis Press

Best Lesbian Erotica 2005 edited by Tristan Taormino, Cleis Press

Once Upon A Dyke by Karin Kallmaker, Therese Syzmanski, Julia Watts and Barbara Johnson, Bella Books

Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex by Rachel Kramer Bussel and Stacy M. Bias, Alyson Publications


All the Wrong Places by Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books

Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger, HarperCollins

Confessions of a Casanova by Chris Kenry, Kensington Books

Gulf Breeze by Gerri Hill, Bella Books

Under the Witness Tree by Marianne Martin, Bywater Books

Children's/Young Adult

Luna by Julie Anne Peters, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Orphea Proud by Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Delacorte Press

Rosemary and Juliet by Judy MacLean, Alice Street Editions

So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, Knopf Books for Young Readers


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, Little, Brown

Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs by Cheryl Peck, Warner Books

Kyle's Bed & Breakfast by Greg Fox, Kensington Books

Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs, St. Martin's Press

Alexander the Fabulous by Michael Alvear and Vicky A. Shecter Advocate Books


Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love by Will Roscoe, Suspect Thoughts Press

Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions by Randy Conner and David Hatfield Sparks, Harrington Park Press

Same-Sex Marriage: A Christian Ethical Analysis by Marvin M. Ellison, The Pilgrim Press

Sanctity and Male Desire by Donald L. Boisvert, The Pilgrim Press

Wrestling with God & Men by Rabbi Steven Greenberg, University of Wisconsin Press


Fabulous! by Donald Reuter, Broadway Books

How to Make Dances in an Epidemic by David Gere, University of Wisconsin Press

I am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, Faber and Faber

love conjure/blues by Sharon Bridgforth, RedBone Press

The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance and Musical Theater edited by Claude J. Summers, Cleis Press


Firelands by Michael Jensen, Alyson Publications

Shadow of the Night: Queer Tales of the Uncanny and Unusual edited by Greg Herren, Southern Tier Editions

The Ordinary by Jim Grimsley, Tor

The Wizard of Isis by Jean Stewart, Bella Books

With Her Body by Nicola Griffith, Aqueduct Press


Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green, Vanderbilt University Press

From The Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond edited by Morty Diamond, Manic D Press

Luna by Julie Anne Peters, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

My Husband Betty: Love, Sex and Life with a Crossdresser by Helen Boyd, Thunder's Mouth Press

The Gender Frontier by Mariette Pathy Allen, Kehrer Verlag

Visual Arts/Photography

At Ease: Navy Men of World War II by Evan Bachner, Harry Abrams

Lust Unearthed by Thomas Waugh, Arsenal Pulp Press

The Queer Movie Poster Book by Jenni Olson, Chronicle Books

Rent Girl illustrated by Laurenn McCubbin, Last Gasp

The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts edited by Claude J. Summers, Cleis Press

LGBT Studies

All-Night Party by Andrea Barnet, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

A Passion to Preserve by Will Fellows, University of Wisconsin Press

Families Like Mine by Abigail Garner, HarperCollins

For the Love of Women: Gender, Identity and Same-Sex Relations in a Greek Provincial Town by Elisabeth Kirtsoglou, Routledge

Why Marriage Matters by Evan Wolfson, Simon & Schuster


Independent Press Award

Suspect Thoughts Press

Bella Books

Firebrand Books




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