Coming on the heels of a year when we all read maybe more than we have since the halcyon days of summer vacations during high school, there seemed to be an even higher level of excellence nominated for the 2021 LAMBDA Literary Awards!
Hosted virtually by Rakesh Satyal June 1, the winners were chosen by a panel of over 60 literary professionals. Additionally, special awards were given to four writers: Ana-Maurine Lara received the Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction; Sarah Gerard and Brontez Purnell received the Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize; Nancy Agabian received the Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction; and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers was awarded to Taylor Johnson and T Kira Madden.
- Fiebre Tropical, Juli Delgado Lopera, Feminist Press
- Neotenica, Joon Oluchi Lee, Nightboat Books
- You Exist Too Much, Zaina Arafat, Catapult
- The Thirty Names of Night, Zeyn Joukhadar, Atria Books
- Wow, No Thank You.: Essays, Samantha Irby, Vintage
- The Black Trans Prayer Book, J Mase III & Dane Figueroa Edidi, The Black Trans Prayer Book
- The Lonely Letters, Ashon T. Crawley, Duke University Press
- Funeral Diva, Pamela Sneed, City Lights Books
- Guillotine, Eduardo C. Corral, Graywolf Press
- Salt Body Shimmer, Aricka Foreman, YesYes Books
- I Love You and I’m Not Dead, Sade LaNay, Argos Book
- My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Jenn Shapland, Tin House Books
- A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim’s Journey to Acceptance, Mohsin Zaidi, Square Peg