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Volume 3 Supplement 2
May 18, 2006

Special Edition

Lambda Literary Award

And the winners are.....

Bridge Builder Award

* Barney Frank

Fiction - Lesbian
- Tie -

* Babyji, Abha Dawesar, Anchor Books
* Wild Dogs, Helen Humphreys, Norton
Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, Karen Tulchinsky, Raincoast Books
Lighthousekeeping, Jeannette Winterson, Harcourt
With or Without You, Lauren Sanders, Akashic Books

Fiction - Gay Men

* The Sluts, Dennis Cooper, Carroll & Graf
Acqua Calda, Keith McDermott, Carroll & Graf
Faith for Beginners, Aaron Hamburger, Random House
The German Officer's Boy, Harlan Greene, Wisconsin
What We Do Is Secret, Thorn Kief Hillsbery, Villard

Debut Fiction - Lesbian

* The Beautifully Worthless, Ali Liebegott, Suspect Thoughts
Bliss, Fiona Zane, Kensington
Crashing America, Katia Noyes, Alyson
In Too Deep, Ronica Black, Bold Strokes
Manstealing for Fat Girls, Michelle Embree, Softskull Press

Debut Fiction - Gay Men

* You Are Not the One, Vestal McIntyre, Carroll & Graf
Bilal's Bread, Sulyman X, Alyson
The First Verse, Barry McCrea, Carroll & Graf
Mother of Sorrows, Richard McCann, Pantheon Books
Setting the Lawn on Fire, Mack Friedman, Wisconsin

Poetry - Lesbian

* Directed by Desire, June Jordan, Copper Canyon
Eye of Water, Amber Flora Thomas, Pittsburgh
Life Mask, Jackie Kay, Bloodaxe
New & Selected Poems: Volume Two, Mary Oliver, Beacon
Where the Apple Falls, Samiya Bashir, Redbone Press

Poetry - Gay Men

* Crush, Richard Siken , Yale Univ Press
Blue on Blue Ground, by Aaron Smith, University of Pittsburgh
For Dust Thou Art, Timothy Lui, Southern Illinois
School of the Arts, Mark Doty, HarperCollins
Sugar, Martin Pousson, Suspect Thoughts

Mystery - Lesbian

*Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders, Alicia Gaspar De Alba,
Arte Publico
Darkness Descending, Penny Mickelbury, Kings Crossing
The Iron Girl, Ellen Hart, Minotaur/St. Martins
Justice Served, Radclyffe, Bold Strokes
Women of Mystery, ed. Katherine V. Forrest, Haworth

Mystery - Gay Men

* One of These Things Is Not Like the Other, D. Travers Scott,
Suspect Thoughts
The Actor's Guide to Greed, Rick Copp, Kensington
Cajun Snuff, W. Randy Haynes, Publish America
The Paper Mirror, Dorien Grey, GLB Publishers
White Tiger, Michael Allen Dymmoch, Minotaur/St. Martins


* Freedom in this Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing - 1979 to the Present, E. Lynn Harris,
Carroll & Graf
Red Light: Superheroes, Saints, & Sluts, ed. Anna Camilleri, Arsenal Pulp Press
Bullets & Butterflies, ed. Emanuel Xavier, Suspect Thoughts
Lesbian Pulp Fiction, ed. Katherine V. Forrest, Cleis
Everything I Have is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men About More-or-Less Gay Life, ed. Wendell Ricketts, Suspect Thoughts

Belles Lettres

* The Tricky Part, Martin Moran, Beacon
My One Night Stand with Cancer, Tania Katan, Alyson
Quicksands: A Memoir, Sybille Bedford, Counterpoint Press
Tab Hunter Confidential, Tab Hunter, Algonquin Books
When I Knew, Robert Trachtenberg, HarperCollins/Regan


* February House, Sherill Tippins, Houghton Mifflin
Beyond Recall: Mary Meigs, ed. Lise Weil, Talonbooks
The Fabulous Sylvester, Joshua Gamson, Henry Holt
Nothing is True Everything is Permitted: Brion Gysin, John Geiger, The Disinformation Company
Wild Girls: Paris, Sappho & Art, Diane Souhami, St. Martins

Children's/Young Adult

* Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, Shyam Selvadurai,
Tundra Books
And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, Simon & Schuster
Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Childrens' Book Press
Rainbow Road, Alex Sanchez, Simon & Schuster
Totally Joe, James Howe, Simon & Schuster


* Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments,
eds. Stacia Seaman & Radclyffe
Bold Strokes
Best Gay Erotica 2006, edited by Richard Labonte & selected by Mattilda/Matt Bernstein Sycamore, Cleis
Best Lesbian Erotica 2006, edited by Tristan Taormino & selected by Eileen Myles, Cleis
Close Contact, Sean Wolfe, Kensington
Rode Hard, Put Away Wet, ed. Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia, Suspect Thoughts


* Don't Get Too Comfortable, David Rakoff, Doubleday
Invasion of Dykes to Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel, Alyson
Juicy Mother, ed. Jennifer Camper, Softskull Press
Revenge of the Paste Eaters, Cheryl Peck, 5spot/Time Warner
What the 'L, Kate Clinton, Carroll & Graf

LGBT Studies

* When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David, Susan Ackerman, Columbia
Lesbian Communities: Festivals, RVs & the Internet, Esther Rothblum, & Penny Sablove, Harrington Park Press
Love's Rites: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West, Ruth Vanita, Palgrave Macmillan
Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch, Dwight A. McBride, NYU Press
Zest for Life: Lesbians Experience Of Menopause, Jennifer Kelly, Spinifex Press


* Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent, Thomas Glave, Minnesota
Beyond The Down Low, Keith Boykin, Carroll & Graf
Gore Vidal's America, Dennis Altman, Polity Books
Raising Boys without Men, Peggy Drexler, Rodale
Women Together/Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris, Tirza True Latimer, Rutgers Univ Press


* Distant Shores, Silent Thunder, Radclyffe, Bold Strokes
Artist's Dream, Gerri Hill, Bella Books
Just Like That, Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books
The Price of Temptation, M. J. Pearson, Seventh Window
Walt Loves the Bearcat, Randy Boyd, West Beach Books


* Daughters of an Emerald Dusk, Katherine V. Forrest, Alyson
Fledgling, Octavia Butler, Seven Stories
No Sister of Mine, Jeanne G'Fellers, Bella Books
Shapers of Darkness, David B. Coe, Tor Books/St. Martins
The Temple at Landfall, Jane Fletcher, Bold Strokes


* Qu(e)erying Evangelism, Cheri DiNovo, Pilgrim Press
Fumbling Toward Divinity, Craig Hickman, Annabessacook Farm
I Am This One Walking Beside Me: Meditations of an HIV Positive Gay Man, Daniel Gebhardt, Pilgrim Press
Seven Sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from Around the World, Munya Andrews, Spinifex Press
The Path of the Green Man, Michael Thomas Ford, Kensington


* Choir Boy, Charlie Anders, Softskull Press
Deliver Me From Nowhere, Tennessee Jones, Softskull Press
In a Queer Time and Place, Judith Halberstam, NYU Press
Just Add Hormones, Matt Kailey, Beacon
The Riddle of Gender, Deborah Radacille, Pantheon Books

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