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Carrie Brownstein, Arsham Parsi, Miranda July Nominated For Lambda Literary Awards

The Lammys honor LGBT fiction, mysteries, erotica, graphic novels, poetry and more.

Finalists for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Award have been announced, after a record-breaking 933 submissions from more than 300 submissions from major mainstream publishing houses, independent presses and on-demand services.

Nominees this year include Miranda July's novel The First Bad Man, Brad Gooch's Smash Cut and Carrie Brownstein's Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.

Arsham Parsi, who was honored at the 2015 Logo Trailblazer Honors, was nominated for his memoir, Exiled for Love: The Journey of an Iranian Queer Activist.

The awards not only elevate LGBT literature, says Lambda Literary Board President KG MacGregor. "[they] elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories."

The Lambda Literary Awards will be held June 6 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Go here for ticket information.

28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

Lesbian Fiction

Apocalypse Baby, Virginie Despentes, The Feminist Press

Blue Talk and Love, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Riverdale Avenue Books

The Cherokee Rose, Tiya Miles, John F. Blair

The First Bad Man, Miranda July, Scribner

Jam on the Vine: A Novel, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Grove Press

Like a Woman, Debra Busman, Dzanc Books

Thérèse and Isabelle, Violette Leduc, The Feminist Press

Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Gay Fiction

Breathing Lessons, Andy Sinclair, Véhicule Press

The Early Stories of Truman Capote, Truman Capote, Random House

God in Pink, Hasan Namir, Arsenal Pulp Press

Immaculate Blue, Paul Russell, Cleis Press

JD: A Novel, Mark Merlis, Terrace Books

A Poet of the Invisible World, Michael Golding, Macmillan/Picador

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House, John Whittier Treat, Big Table Publishing Company

Still Life, Las Vegas, James Sie, St. Martin's Press

Bisexual Literature (Fiction & Nonfiction)

Irrepressible:The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, Emily Bingham, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, Anna North, Penguin Random House/Blue Rider Press

The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson, Hogarth

Eat My Heart Out, Zoe Pilger, The Feminist Press

My Riastrad, Kevin Hogan, Antrim House

Transgender Fiction

Defiant, Michael Scott Monje, Jr., Autonomous Press

Lost Boi, Sassafras Lowry, Arsenal Pulp Press

Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners, Roz Kaveny, Team Anjelica Publishing

LGBT Debut Fiction

The Brink, Austin Bunn, Harper Perennial

Do U., Mark S. Luckie, Amazon/CreateSpace

His Steadfast Love and Other Stories, Paul Brownsey, Lethe Press

Hotel Living, Ioannis Pappos, Harper Perennial

Life is Wonderful, People are Terrific, Meliza Bañales, Ladybox Books

A Love Like Blood, Victor Yates, Hillmont Press

Lovesick, James Driggers, Kensington Publishing

Lum: A Novel, Libby Ware, She Writes Press

LGBT Nonfiction

Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics, Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski, Beacon Press

Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History, Corbett Joan O'Toole, Autonomous Press

Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, Alice Dreger, Penguin Press

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, Lillian Faderman, Simon & Schuster

Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship, Joshua Gamson, NYU Press

Namibia's Rainbow Project, Robert Lorway, Indiana University Press

"No One Helped": Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy, Marcia M. Gallo, Cornell University Press

What Color Is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity, Jarrett Neal, Chelsea Station Editions

Transgender Nonfiction

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, Amy Ellis Nutt, Random House

Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, Willy Wilkinson, Hapa Papa Press

Hiding in Plain Sight, Zane Thimmesch-Gill, Avenue Books

Lesbian Poetry

The Devastation, Melissa Buzzeo, Nightboat Books

Everybody's Bread, Claudia Rodriguez, Korima Press

Experience in the Medium of Destruction, Sara Jane Stoner, Portable Press@Yo-Yo Labs

Girls Like You, Margot Douaihy, Clemson University Press

Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, Dawn Lundy Martin, Nightboat Press

Pelvis with Distance, Jessica Jacobs, White Pine Press

Say/Mirror: Poems and Histories, JP Howard, The Operating System

Shorthand and Electric Language Stars, Stephanie Gray, Portable Press@Yo-Yo Labs

Gay Poetry

Angel Park, Roberto F. Santiago, Lethe Press/Tincture

Boy with Thorn, Rickey Laurentiis, University of Pittsburgh Press

Canto Hondo/Deep Song, Francisco X. Alarcón, University of Arizona Press

Crevasse, Nicholas Wong, Kaya Press

Otter, Ben Ladouceur, Coach House Books

Reconnaissance, Carl Phillips, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Steep Tea, Jee Leong Koh, Carcanet

Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail, Ralph Hamilton, Sibling Rivalry Press

Transgender Poetry

Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul, Ryka Aoki, Biyuti Publishing

Impersonation, Joy Ladin, The Sheep Meadow Press

succubus in my pocket, kari edwards, EOAGH Books

Lesbian Mystery

The Grave Soul, Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books

Illicit Artifacts, Stevie Mikayne, Bold Strokes Books

Ordinary Mayhem, Victoria Brownworth, Bold Stroke Books

No Good Reason, Cari Hunger, Bold Strokes Books

The Red Files, Lee Winter, Ylva Publishing

Relatively Rainey, R.E. Bradshaw, R.E. Bradshaw Books

Tarnished Gold, Ann Aptaker, Bold Strokes Books

The Tattered Heiress: Volume Two of the Charlotte Olmes Mystery Series, Debra Hyde, Riverdale Avenue Books

Gay Mystery

After the Horses, Jeffrey Round, Dundurn

The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter, Tom Mendicino, Kensington Publishing

Boystown 7: Bloodlines, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books

Cheap as Beasts, Jonathon Wilson, Bold Strokes Books

Introducing Sunfish & Starfish: Tropical Drag Queen Detectives, Wallace Godfrey, Strand Hill Books

Murder and Mayhem, Rhys Ford, Dreamspinner Press

Orient, Christopher Bollen, Harper

The Swede, Robert Karjel, Harper

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness, Cat Cora, Scribner

Dirty River, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Arsenal Pulp Press

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein, Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House

Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Ovenbird Books

You're Not Edith, Allison Gruber, George Braziller

Gay Memoir/Biography

Chasing Lost Time, Jean Findlay, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Exiled for Love: The Journey of an Iranian Queer Activist, Arsham Parsi, Marc Colbourne, Roseway Publishing

The House in St. John's Wood, Matthew Spender, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

James Merrill: Life and Art, Langdon Hammer, Alfred A. Knopf

My Avant-Garde Education: A Memoir, Bernard Cooper, W.W. Norton & Company

My Body Is Yours, Michael V. Smith, Arsenal Pulp Press

Smash Cut, Brad Gooch, Harper

Until My Heart Stops, Jameson Currier, Chelsea Station Editions

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, 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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