Alcestis Books

Yet more exciting news

In addition to yesterday’s Lambda Literary news, Alcestis has also been chosen as a finalist for the Publishing Triangle‘s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, along with Michael Alenyikov’s Ivan and Misha and Catherine Kirkwood’s Cut Away. Here’s what the Publishing Triangle site says about the Edmund White award:

Inaugurated in May 2006, this award recognizes outstanding first novels or story collections by LGBT authors. It is unique among the Triangle Literary Awards, in that women and men compete in the same category. The award is open to first-book authors of any age whose work contains queer themes. Writers can have published works of nonfiction, and their short fiction can have previously appeared in a published anthology. The book nominated must be the author’s first work of book-length fiction.

This award honors the distinguished Edmund White, who won the very first Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1990. White is the author, among many other works, of A Boy’s Own Story, States of Desire, A Married Man, Fanny, and Arts and Letters. The winner receives $1,000.

Past winners are:

2010 — Lori Ostlund, The Bigness of the World
2009 — Evan Fallenberg, Light Fell
2008 — Myriam Gurba, Dahlia Season
2007 — Martin Hyatt, A Scarecrow’s Bible
2006 — Mack Friedman, Setting the Lawn on Fire

The Publishing Triangle’s judges have picked 22 books in categories including Lesbian Nonfiction, Gay Nonfiction, Lesbian Poetry, Gay Poetry, and LBGT Fiction. I am thrilled that Alcestis is included in this group and am very much looking forward to reading the books on the list that I haven’t gotten to yet (also true for the Lammy list, of course, though it’s much longer!). If you’re looking for even more amazing LGBTQ books to read, don’t forget to check out the Band of Thebes Best LGBT Books of 2010 survey. (I picked Emma Donoghue’s lovely Inseparable, which just so happens to be a finalist in the Publishing Triangle’s Lesbian Nonfiction category and for the LBGT Nonfiction Lambda!)

Sadly, as the Publishing Triangle Awards ceremony is scheduled for six days after my planned dissertation defense date, I’m not sure I’ll make it up to New York — I’ll probably be stuck in Austin making sure I’m ready to officially file my dissertation. But I’ll try to do something glam here to celebrate this marvelous event! I’m so excited to be a part of it, even in absentia, and thrilled that Alcestis has received a finalist nod. Congratulations to all the other finalists for the Publishing Triangle and Lambda Literary Awards!


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