The Lammy Finalists 2015

27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists


  • Christmas Crush, Kate McLachlan, Regal Crest
  • The Farmer’s Daughter, Robbi McCoy, Bella Books
  • The Heat of Angels, Lisa Girolami, Bold Strokes Books
  • Jolt, Kris Bryant, Bold Strokes Books
  • Nightingale, Andrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes Books
  • Seneca Falls, Jesse J. Thoma, Bold Strokes Books
  • Tangled Roots, Marianne K. Martin, Bywater Books
  • That Certain Something, Clare Ashton, Breezy Tree Press


  • All You Can Eat. A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance, Andi Marquette and R.G. Emanuelle, Ylva Publishing
  • Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire, Cheyenne Blue, Ladylit Publishing
  • Lesbian Sex Bible, Diana Cage, Quiver Books


  • Adult Onset, Ann-Marie Macdonald, Tin House Books
  • Last Words of Montmartre, Qiu Miaojin, Translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich, New York Review Books
  • Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, Francine Prose, Harper Collins/Harper
  • Miracle Girls, MB Caschetta, Engine Books
  • New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, Shelly Oria, FSG Originals / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • The Palace Blues, Brandy T. Wilson, Spinsters Ink
  • The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters, Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House
  • Yabo, Alexis De Veaux, RedBone Press


  • Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with
  • Barbara Smith, Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, with Barbara Smith, SUNY Press
  • Cease – a memoir of love, loss and desire, Lynette Loeppky, Oolichan Books
  • Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, Kelly Cogswell, The University of Minnesota Press
  • The End of Eve, Ariel Gore, Hawthorne Books
  • Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America, Terry Mutchler, Seal Press


  • The Acquittal, Anne Laughlin, Bold Strokes Books
  • Done to Death, Charles Atkins, Severn House Publishers
  • The Old Deep and Dark-A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books
  • Slash and Burn, Valerie Bronwen, Bold Strokes Books
  • UnCatholic Conduct, Stevie Mikayne, Bold Strokes Books


  • Haiti Glass, Lenelle Moïse, City Lights/Sister Spit
  • Janey’s Arcadia, Rachel Zolf, Coach House Books
  • Last Psalm at Sea Level, Meg Day, Barrow Street Press
  • Like a Begger, Ellen Bass, Copper Canyon Press
  • MxT, Sina Queyras, Coach House Books
  • Mysterious Acts by My People, Valerie Wetlaufer, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Only Ride, Megan Volpert, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Termination Dust, Susanna Mishler, Red Hen Press/Boreal


  • Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call, Charles Stephens and Steven G. Fullwood, Vintage Entity Press
  • A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships, Bruce Gillespie, TouchWood Editions
  • Outer Voices Inner Lives, Mark McNease and Stephen Dolainski, editors, MadeMark Publishing
  • The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, Douglas Ray, editor, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Understanding and Teaching US Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Leila J. Rupp & Susan K. Freeman, University of Wisconsin Press


  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, Susan Kuklin, Candlewick Press
  • Double Exposure, Bridget Birdsall, Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing
  • Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Ooligan Press
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, Harlequin Teen
  • Pukawiss the Outcast, Jay Jordan Hawke, Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink Press
  • This is Not a Love Story, Suki Fleet, Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink Press
  • When Everything Feels like the Movies, Raziel Reid, Arsenal Pulp Press


  • Death in Venice, California, Vinton Rafe McCabe, The Permanent Press
  • Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, Megan Milks, Emergency Press
  • A Map of Everything, Elizabeth Earley, Jaded Ibis Press
  • The Music Teacher, Bob Sennett, Lethe Press
  • Nochita, Dia Felix, City Lights/Sister Spit
  • Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea, Dan Lopez, Chelsea Station Editions
  • Unaccompanied Minors, Alden Jones, New American Press
  • The Walk-In Closet, Abdi Nazemian, Curtis Brown Unlimited


  • The Beast of Times, Adelina Anthony, Kórima Press
  • Bootycandy, Robert O’Hara, Samuel French
  • A Kid Like Jake, Daniel Pearle, Dramatists Play Service
  • The Whale, Samuel D. Hunter, Samuel French
  • Wolves, Steve Yockey, Samuel French


  • 100 Crushes, Elisha Lim, Koyama Press
  • Band Vs. Band Comix Volume 1, Kathleen Jacques, Paper Heart Comix
  • Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, A.K. Summers, Soft Skull, an imprint of Counterpoint
  • Second Avenue Caper, Joyce Brabner; Art by Mark Zingarelli, Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Snackies, Nick Sumida, Youth in Decline



  • An American Queer: The Amazon Trail, Lee Lynch, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, Martin Duberman, The New Press
  • The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality, Julie Sondra Decker, Skyhorse Publishing/Carrel Books
  • Nevirapine and the Quest to End Pediatric AIDS, Rebecca J. Anderson, McFarland
  • Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, Hilton Als, Ann Temkin, Claudia Carson, Robert Gober, Paulina Pobocha, Christian Scheidemann, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange, How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos, Robert Hofler, It Books/HarperCollins
  • The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future, Aaron H Devor, University of Victoria Libraries
  • The Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a New Orleans Gay Bar, June 24, 1973, Clayton Delery-Edwards, McFarland



  • Afterparty, Daryl Gregory, Tor Books
  • Bitter Waters, Chaz Brenchley, Lethe Press
  • Butcher’s Road, Lee Thomas, Lethe Press
  • Child of a Hidden Sea, A. M. Dellamonica, Tor Books
  • Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone, Tor Books
  • FutureDyke, Lea Daley, Bella Books
  • Skin Deep Magic, Craig Laurance Gidney, Rebel Satori Press
  • After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba, Noelle M. Stout, Duke University Press
  • Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America, Rachel Hope Cleves, Oxford University Press
  • Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture, Vincent Woodard, Ed. Justin A. Joyce and Dwight McBride, New York University Press
  • Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela, Marcia Ochoa, Duke University Press
  • The Queerness of Native American Literature, Lisa Tatonetti, The University of Minnesota Press
  • Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings, Juana Maria Rodriguez, New York University Press
  • The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, Susan S. Lanser, University of Chicago Press
  • Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene, Bobby Benedicto, University of Minnesota Press



  • 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


  • 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, Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams, editors,Bisexual Resource Center



  • Bears of Winter, Jerry Wheeler, Bear Bones Books
  • Incubus Tales, Hushicho, Circlet Press
  • The King, Tiffany Reisz, MIRA Books
  • Leather Spirit Stallion, Raven Kaldera, Circlet Press
  • The Thief Taker, William Holden, Bold Strokes Books



  • All I Love and Know, Judith Frank, HarperCollins/William Morrow
  • Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas, Hogarth
  • Bitter Eden: A Novel, Tatamkhulu Afrika, Macmillan/Picador USA
  • The City of Palaces, Michael Nava, University of Wisconsin Press
  • I Loved You More, Tom Spanbauer, Hawthorne Books
  • Little Reef and Other Stories, Michael Carroll, Terrace Books, an imprint of the
  • University of Wisconsin Press
  • Next to Nothing: Stories, Keith Banner, Lethe Press
  • Souljah, John R Gordon, Angelica Entertainments Ltd/Team Angelica Publishing



  • Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, Sean Strub, Scribner
  • Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance, Brent Phillips, University Press of Kentucky
  • Closets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming Of Age As A Gay Man In The “Don’t Ask,
  • Don’t Tell” Army, Rob Smith, Blue Beacon Books by Regal Crest
  • Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, Edmund White, Bloomsbury
  • Letter to Jimmy, Alain Mabanckou, translated by Sara Meli Ansari, Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press
  • The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Richard Blanco, HarperCollins/Ecco
  • Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, John Lahr, W. W. Norton & Company
  • Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, Philip Gefter, W. W. Norton & Company/Liveright



  • Blackmail, My Love: A Murder Mystery, Katie Gilmartin, Cleis Press
  • Boystown 6: From the Ashes, Marshall Thornton, MLR
  • Calvin’s Head, David Swatling, Bold Strokes Books
  • DeadFall, David Lennon, BlueSpike Publishing
  • Fair Game, Josh Lanyon, Carina Press
  • A Gathering Storm, Jameson Currier, Chelsea Station Editions
  • Moon Over Tangier, Janice Law, Open Road Media
  • The Next, Rafe Haze, Wilde City Press



  • [insert] boy, Danez Smith, YesYes Books
  • Clean, David J. Daniels, Four Way Books
  • Don’t Go Back To Sleep, Timothy Liu, Saturnalia Books
  • ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, CAConrad, Wave Books
  • The New Testament, Jericho Brown, Copper Canyon Press
  • Prelude to Bruise, Saeed Jones, Coffee House Press
  • This Life Now, Michael Broder, A Midsummer Night’s Press
  • This Way to the Sugar, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Write Bloody Publishing



  • The Companion, Lloyd A. Meeker, Dreamspinner Press
  • Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Four Tales of M/M Romance, Barry Lowe, Lydian Press
  • Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, Timothy Lambert and R.D. Cochrane, Cleis Press
  • Like They Always Been Free, Georgina Li, Queer Young Cowboys
  • Message of Love, Jim Provenzano, Myrmidude Press/CreateSpace
  • The Passion of Sergius & Bacchus, A Novel of Truth, David Reddish, DoorQ Publishing
  • Pulling Leather, L.C. Chase, Riptide Publishing
  • Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War, Jeff Mann, Bear Bones Books



  • Everything Must Go, La JohnJoseph, ITNA PRESS
  • For Today I Am a Boy, Kim Fu, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Moving Forward Sideways like a Crab, Shani Mootoo, Doubleday Canada
  • Revolutionary: A Novel, Alex Myers, Simon and Schuster
  • A Safe Girl To Love, Casey Plett, Topside Press


  • Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man, Thomas Page McBee, City Lights/Sister Spit
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More, Janet Mock, Atria Books
  • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, Laura Erickson-Schroth, Oxford University Press


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