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Finalists Announced for Best LGBTQ  Books of 2017

The Publishing Triangle is very proud to announced the nominees for the best LGBTQ books of 2017. The winners in these seven competitive categories will be announced at the 30th annual Triangle Awards. The ceremony will be held on April 26, 2018, at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School (63 Fifth Avenue in New York City) at 7 p.m. In addition to these prizes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans or gender-variant literature, we will be presenting the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, and the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award that evening.

This year's finalists are:

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Abandon Me, by Melissa Febos (Bloomsbury USA)
Afterglow, by Eileen Myles (Grove Press)
Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, by Rosalind Rosenberg (Oxford University Press)
Mean, by Myriam Gurba (Coffee House Press)

Ms. Gurba won the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction in 2008, for Dahlia Season.

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Brilliant Imperfection, by Eli Clare (Duke University Press)
The Inheritance of Shame, by Peter Gajdics (Brown Paper Press)
Lives of Great Men, by Chike Frankie Edozien (Team Angelica Publishing)
Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, by Richard A. McKay (University of Chicago Press)

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Lena, by Cassie Pruyn (Texas Tech University Press)
No Dictionary of a Living Tongue, by Duriel E. Harris (Nightboat Books)
Rocket Fantastic, by Gabrielle Calvocoressi (Persea Books)
Some Say, by Maureen N. McLane (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Don't Call Us Dead, by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)
Half-Light: Collected Poems, 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing, by Charif Shanahan (Southern Illinois University Press)
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, by Chen Chen (BOA Editions)

Danez Smith's collection is also a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature.

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
Don't Call Us Dead, by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)
A Place Called No Homeland, by Kai Cheng Thom (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Prayers for My 17th Chromosome, by Amir Rabiyah (Sibling Rivalry Press)
Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton (The MIT Press)

Danez Smith's book is also a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Elmet, by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin Books)
Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)
Marriage of a Thousand Lies, by SJ Sindu (Soho Press)
Scarborough, by Catherine Hernandez (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Ms. Mozley's novel was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Ms. Machado's story collection was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for fiction, and is also a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. Ms. Hernandez's novel was a finalist for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards.

Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac (Bywater Books)
The Disintegrations, by Alistair McCartney (University of Wisconsin Press)
The Heart's Invisible Furies, by John Boyne (Hogarth/Crown)
Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)
Outside Is the Ocean, by Matthew Lansburgh (University of Iowa Press)

Ms. Machado is also a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; her collection of stories was a finalist as well for this year's National Book Award for Fiction

The winner in each of the seven categories above will receive a prize of $1000. Please join us in congratulating this worthy batch of nominees.

Sarah Schulman Wins Whitehead Award

ss1Sarah Schulman is the 2018 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and AIDS historian. Among her novels are The Cosmopolitans, The Child, and Rat Bohemia (winner of the 1996 Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction). Her works of nonfiction include Conflict Is Not Abuse (winner of last year's Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction), The Gentrification of the Mind, and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Schulman's nineteenth book, the novel Maggie Terry, will be published in September 2018 by the Feminist Press.

She is on the advisory boards of Jewish Voice for Peace, Research on the Israeli/American Alliance, and Claudia Rankine's Racial Imaginary Institute, and she is faculty advisor for Students for Justice in Palestine. Besides her two earlier Publishing Triangle Awards and many other prizes, Schulman has also won a Guggenheim in playwriting, a Fulbright in Judaic studies, and two American Library Association Stonewall Awards. A fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, she is distinguished professor of the humanities at CUNY/College of Staten Island. She also teaches in such non-degree community-based programs as Queer Art Mentorship and Lambda Emerging Writers Retreat.

The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a female-identified writer in even-numbered years and to a male-identified writer in odd years, and the winner receives $3000.

Schulman will accept this prize at the Publishing Triangle's annual awards ceremony on April 26, 2018. It will be held at the New School's Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Avenue, in Greenwich Village, New York, starting at 7 p.m.

PHOTO OF SARAH SCHULMAN BY DREW STEPHEN 

Sarah Perry to Receive Emerging Writer Awards

spThe Publishing Triangle is pleased to announce that Sarah Perry will receive its Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. This award is given to an LGBTQ writer who has published at least one book but not more than two. In selecting her for this award, the judges said, "Sarah Perry's personal story is uniquely fascinating and tragic. From that story, she has produced a work of art: a hybrid of literary genres and narrative strategies which compellingly explore history, grief, and sexuality." Perry will receive a prize of $1500 with this award.

After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search, Sarah Perry's memoir, was published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Perry holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and was a member of the journal's nonfiction editorial board. She is the recipient of a writers' fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. Perry has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon. Her prose has appeared in such publications as Blood & Thunder, Elle.com, and The Guardian. She lives in Brooklyn.

Perry will accept this honor at the Publishing Triangle's annual awards ceremony. Join us on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the New School's Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Village, New York. The presentations start at 7 p.m.

PHOTO OF SARAH PERRY BY DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Publishing Triangle Leadership Prize Bestowed on Agent Malaga Baldi

Malaga Baldi is the winner of the Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to LGBTQ literature by those who are not primarily writers, such as editors, agents, librarians, and institutions. The winner receives $500.

Malaga Baldi worked in a bookstore, at a publishing house, and for two different agencies before founding her own literary agency in 1986. Since then, the Baldi Agency has established a reputation as an eclectic agency specializing in literary fiction, memoir, and cultural history. She is known for her tireless advocacy for her clients and their books. Among the Baldi Agency's authors are Kate Bornstein, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Mary Cappello, Barbara Carrellas, Raymond Coppinger, Patty Dann, Glenn Kurtz, William Mann, Martin Moran, and Rick Whitaker.

A first novel she agented--Jazz Moon, by Joe Okonkwo--won the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction last year. In addition, of the authors listed above, Martin Moran has won the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction (for The Tricky Part, 2006), and among the finalists for our awards have been Kate Bornstein (A Queer and Present Danger--lesbian nonfiction, 2013), Mary Cappello (Called Back--lesbian nonfiction, 2010), and Rick Whitaker (An Honest Ghost--debut fiction, 2014).

Baldi was a founding member of the Publishing Triangle and served on its initial board of directors. She has also served as a judge for various literary prizes. Baldi lives in Manhattan with her wife and their daughter.

Join us in congratulating Malaga Baldi at the Publishing Triangle's annual awards ceremony on April 26, 2018. It will be held at the New School's Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Avenue, in Greenwich Village, New York, starting at 7 p.m.

Come Hear the Finalists: Reading Slated for April 25

On April 25, 2018, the Publishing Triangle will sponsor a reading by a select group of finalists for this year's Publishing Triangle awards. This event will be held at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, the bookstore inside the LGBT Community Services Center at 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan.

The lineup of participating finalists who will be reading here on April 25 will be announced later. This reading, which will begin at 7 p.m., is free, and books by the readers will be sold.

Member Publications

The Publishing Triangle celebrates the publications of all our members (individual and corporate) by providing the membership benefit of announcement in our newsletter and on our web site. If you are a member and wish to tell everyone about your new publication, see the template at the bottom of this article. 

Michael Lassell
Disney's THE LION KING: Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World
Disney Editions
November 2017 * ISBN-13: 978-1484773765 * $50.00

This is a backstage look at the making of the most successful entertainment phenomenon in history, the stage musical version of THE LION KING-from the first idea for a film in 1989 and the musicalizing of the 1994 animated feature to the Africanized theatrical version, only the third musical ever to have a 20-year consecutive initial run on Broadway. Since it opened in 1997, THE LION KING has earned $7 billion and played to 90 million people in 19 countries. Lots of pictures, of course, of the Broadway and international productions.

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Vanda
Olympus Nights on the Square (Book 2 of the Juliana Series)
Sans Merci Press. 
October 2017 * ISBN: 9780999099506 * $14.95
What if your love was illegal? What would you do? It's 1945. Juliana wants to be a star and she has the singing voice to do it. Alice (Al) is determined to make Juliana into the star she wants to be. The worst thing that could happen to Juliana is to be discovered as gay. The worst thing that could happen to Al is to lose Juliana. Al must guard their secret at all costs.Will the gossip columnists and the new laws destroy them?

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Chip Livingston
Owls Don't Have to Mean Death
Lethe/Tincture
October 2017 * 1590216393 * $15.00
Owls Don't Have to Mean Death features a college student struggling to piece together gay life with his Creek Indian heritage and learning what it means to love his HIV-positive boyfriend. The novel dramatizes the many unexpected ways that culture influences us even as we make our own claims on the world.

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April 25, 2018, 7 p.m.: The Publishing Triangle will sponsor a reading by a select group of finalists for this year's awards at the Bureau of General Services--Queer Division, the bookstore inside the LGBT Community Services Center at 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan. The participating finalists for this free event will  be announced closer to the event. Books by the readers will be sold at the event.

April 26, 2018, 7 p.m.: Join us for the Publishing Triangle's annual awards ceremony at the New School's Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Avenue, in Greenwich Village, New York. Reception to follow. This is a free event.