Lambda Literary Awards Handed Out for Best LGBTQ Books of 2015: FULL LIST

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The 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, honoring the best LGBTQ books of 2015, were handed out last night in 25 categories at a ceremony at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The organization received a record-breaking 933 submissions from 321 publishers.

On hand for the awards were host Kate Clinton, Style Rookie editor Tavi Gevinson, Hilton Als, Natalie Diaz, and Eileen Myles, who received Lambda’s Pioneer Award. Richard Blanco, Kate Bornstein, Natalie Diaz, Tim Federle, Silas Howard, Paul Rudnick, Ira Sachs, Rakesh Satyal and Pamela Sneed also presented.

Three of this year’s nominees were featured as part of our TowleREAD series which gives Towleroad readers audio preview of great new LGBT books. Recap some of this year’s best and take a listen as Brad Gooch reads from his memoir Smash Cut, Christoper Bollen reads from his novel Orient (which Towleroad’s book critic Garth Greenwell raved about), and James Sie reads from his book Still Life Las Vegas

And check out the winners (with RED asterisks) and nominees of this year’s Lammy’s, as they’re known, below.

Lesbian Fiction


Gay Fiction


Bisexual Literature (Fiction & Nonfiction) 


Transgender Fiction


LGBT Debut Fiction


LGBT Nonfiction


Transgender Nonfiction


Lesbian Poetry


Gay Poetry


Transgender Poetry


Lesbian Mystery


Gay Mystery


Lesbian Memoir/Biography


Gay Memoir/Biography


Lesbian Romance

  • Autumn Spring, Shelley Thrasher, Bold Strokes Books
  • The Chameleon’s Tale, Andrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes Books
  • Full Circle, Dillon Watson, Bella Books
  • Heart of the Game, Rachel Spangler, Bold Strokes Books
  • Infiltration, Jackie D, Bold Strokes Books
  • Making A Comeback, Julie Blair, Bold Strokes Books ***
  • My Best Friend’s Girl, Blythe H. Warren, Bella Books
  • The Renegade, Amy Dunne, Bold Strokes Books


Gay Romance

  • Blueberry Boys, Vanessa North, Riptide Publishing
  • Brothers, Ralph Josiah Bardsley, Bold Strokes Books
  • For Real, Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing
  • General Misconduct, L.A. Witt, Samhain Publishing
  • Misfits, Garrett Leigh, Riptide Publishing
  • Something Like Stories, Volume One, Jay Bell, Jay Bell Books
  • When Skies Have Fallen, Debbie McGowan, Beaten Track ***
  • Yes, Brad Boney, Dreamspinner Press


Lesbian Erotica

  • Desire Behind Bars: Lesbian Prison Erotica, Salome Wilde and Talon Rihai (editors), Hillside Press
  • The Muse, Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Books ***
  • Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, Sinclair Sexsmith, Maverick Press


Gay Erotica

  • Charming: Modern Gay Fairytales, Jennifer Levine and Rian Darcy, Circlet Press
  • College Dive Bar, 1 AM, Natty Soltesz, Go Deeper Press
  • Érotiques Suprèmes, Miodrag Kojadinovic, Choose the Sword Press ***
  • Grave Desires, William Holden, Lethe Press
  • Green Eyes – an erotic novel (sort-of), Michael Ampersant, Lust Spiel Book


LGBT Anthology

  • Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, Sfé R. Monster (Editor) & Taneka Stotts (Assistant Editor), Beyond Press
  • Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy, Edited by Damien Luxe, Heather M. Ács, and Sabina Ibarrola, Publication Studio ***
  • Memories of the Revolution, Holly Hughes, Carmelita Tropicana, and Jill Dolan, Editors, University of Michigan Press
  • Out of the Closet, Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories, Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell, SUNY Press
  • A Pride of Poppies: Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War, Julie Bozza (editor), Manifold Press
  • Soy Lesbiana y Que! Out Latina Lesbians, Nívea Castro with Geny Cabral, Sinister Wisdom
  • Speak My Language, and Other Stories: An Anthology of Gay Fiction, Edited by Torsten Højer, Little, Brown Book Group/Robinson
  • Videogames for Humans: Twine Authors in Conversation, Merritt Kopas, Instar Books


LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

  • About a Girl: A Novel, Sarah McCarry, St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Anything Could Happen, Will Walton, Push
  • Gay and Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, Jerome Pohlen, Chicago Review Press
  • George, Alex Gino, Scholastic Press ***
  • The Marvels, Brian Selznick, Scholastic Press
  • More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera, Soho Teen
  • None of the Above, IW Gregorio, Balzer + Bray/ Harper Collins
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli, Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins


LGBT Drama

  • Bright Half Life, Tanya Barfield, Dramatists Play Service ***
  • Fun Home, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel, Samuel French
  • Hir, Taylor Mac, Northwestern University Press
  • Love Alone, Deborah Salem Smith, Dramatists Play Service
  • The Mystery of Love and Sex, Bathsheba Doran, Samuel French


LGBT Graphic Novels

  • Curveball, Jeremy Sorese, Nobrow
  • Honor Girl, Maggie Thrash, Candlewick Press
  • The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amala, EK Weaver, Iron Circus Comics ***
  • O Human Star: Volume One, Blue Delliquanti, Self-published
  • Wuvable Oaf, Ed Luce, Fantagraphics Books


LGBT SF/F/Horror

  • The Boys on the Mountain, John Inman, DSP Publications
  • The Caphenon (Chronicles of Alsea – Book #1), Fletcher DeLancey, Ylva Publishing
  • Down, Ally Blue, Riptide Publishing
  • The Glittering World, Robert Levy, Gallery Books
  • The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan, Crown Publishers ***
  • Minotaur, J.A. Rock, Riptide Publishing
  • Sacrati, Kate Sherwood, Riptide Publishing
  • Wonder City Stories, Jude McLaughlin, Createspace


LGBT Studies

  • Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco, Clare Sears, Duke University Press
  • Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures, L.H. Stallings, University of Illinois
  • Gay Fathers, Their Children, and the Making of Kinship, Aaron Goodfellow, Fordham University Press
  • Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism, Madhavi Menon, University of Minnesota Press
  • Not Gay: Sex between Straight White Men, Jane Ward, NYU Press
  • Queer Marxism in Two Chinas, Petrus Liu, Duke University Press
  • A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire, Hiram Pérez, NYU Press ***
  • Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns, Valerie Traub, University of Pennsylvania Press

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