Finalists Announced for Best
LGBTQ Books of 2017
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
Abandon Me, by Melissa Febos
Afterglow, by Eileen Myles (Grove
Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray,
by Rosalind Rosenberg (Oxford University Press)
Mean, by Myriam Gurba (Coffee House
Ms. Gurba won the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White
Award for Debut Fiction in 2008, for Dahlia
Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay
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
Lena, by Cassie Pruyn (Texas Tech
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
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
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further
Possibilities, by Chen Chen (BOA
Danez Smith's collection is also a finalist for the
Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and
Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for
Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
Don't Call Us Dead, by Danez Smith
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
Danez Smith's book is also a finalist for the Thom
Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.
Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut
Elmet, by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin
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
The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac
The Disintegrations, by Alistair
McCartney (University of Wisconsin Press)
The Heart's Invisible Furies, by John
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
Sarah 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
Sarah Perry to Receive
Emerging Writer Awards
The 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
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
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.
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Disney's THE LION KING: Twenty Years on
Broadway and Around the World
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.
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?
Owls Don't Have to Mean Death
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
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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.