All Lit Up
The winners books for this years Bisexual Book Awards were revealed in a ceremony in New York, including a couple of categories where the judging panel just couldn’t decide and so joint winners were declared.
The same week the Lammys – America’s long-running Lambda Literary Awards – were presented too. It’s not long since the Lammys trimmed from two bi categories to just one on the basis that there just wasn’t enough good new bi literature coming out each year so the growth there to three categories this time and the much more extensive shortlists for the BBAs is a welcome contrast. There’s a lot more bi representation out there these days, at long last.
In the Lammys the winners were Disoriental by Négar Djavadi in the Bisexual Fiction category, Out of Step: A Memoir by Anthony Moll for Bisexual Non-Fiction. We Play a Game by Duy Doan took the prize for Bisexual Poetry.
Doan was a runner up in the BBAs but neither Moll nor Djavadi were even shortlisted.
The victors (and runners-up) in each category of the Bisexual Book Awards are as follows:
- WINNER:Many Love by Sophie Lucido Johnson, Touchstone / Simon & Schuster.
- Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality, and Desire by Michael Amherst, Repeater Books.
- WINNER: Many Love by Sophie Lucido Johnson, Touchstone / Simon & Schuster.
- On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius by Charlie Harmon, Imagine Publishing/ Charlesbridge.
- WINNER: America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo, Viking / Penguin Random House.
- Bhopal Dance by Jennifer Natalya Fink, FC2/University of Alabama Press.
- The Prince of Mirrors by Alan Robert Clark, Fairlight Books.
- True Ash by Elizabeth J. Colen and Carol Guess, Black Lawrence Press.
- The Wild Birds by Emily Strelow, A Barnacle Book / Rare Bird Books.
- WINNER: Jilted by Lilah Suzanne, Interlude Press.
- Edge of Nowhere by Felicia Davin, Etymon Press.
- Medley (Changing Lanes) by Layla Reyne, Independently Published.
- Rough Sleepers by Nem Rowan, Less Than Three Press.
- The Thing About Forever by Michele Engardt, Less Than Three Press.
- The Torches We Carry by L.A. Witt, Independently Published.
- WINNER: Carnal Knowledge: The Adoration of a Dangerous Woman and the Death of a Dream by Lexi Mohney, Independently Published.
- Whatever Comes First by M.K. Lee, Less Than Three Press.
Speculative Fiction (Scifi etc)
- WINNER: The Worship of Mystery by J.R. Mabry, The Apocryphile Press.
- Cleaning House by Jeanne G’Fellers, Mountain Gap Books.
- Dragon Magic by Megan Derr, Less Than Three Press.
- The Seeds of Dissolution by William C. Tracy, Space Wizard Science Fantasy.
- Thornfruit by Felicia Davin, Etymon Press.
Teen/Young Adult Fiction
- WINNER: We Are Young by Cat Clarke, Quercus Children’s Books / Hachette Childrens Group
- A Love Song for Mr Dakota by Gene Gant, Harmony Ink Press / Dreamspinner Press
- Palmetto Rose by J.E. Sumerau, Brill / Sense
- Paris Syndrome by Lisa Walker, Angus & Robertson / HarperCollins Publishers Australia
- The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick, Duet Books / Interlude Press
- JOINT WINNER: Reckless Behavior by Cari Z & L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
- JOINT WINNER: Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht, Tin House Books
- Other People’s Oysters by Alexandra CH Nowakowski and JE Sumerau, Brill / Sense
- We Are Young by Cat Clarke, Quercus Children’s Books / Hachette Childrens Group
- What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka, Minotaur Books / St. Martin’s Press
- WINNER: God Was Right by Diana Hamilton, Ugly Duckling Presse
- Black Queer Hoe by Britteney Black Rose Kapri, BreakBeat Poets series, Haymarket Books
- Like Flesh Covers Bone by Jan Steckel, Zeitgeist Press
- Refuse by Julian Randall, University of Pittsburgh Press
- We Play a Game by Duy Doan, Yale University Press
Publisher of the Year
- Less Than Three Press.
Bi Writer of the Year
- JOINT WINNER: Elaine Castillo, America Is Not the Heart, Viking / Penguin Random House.
- JOINT WINNER: Duy Doan, We Play a Game, Yale University Press.
- JOINT WINNER: J.R. Mabry, The Worship of Mystery, The Apocryphile Press.
- Kate Evans, Target, Coyote Creek Books.
- Lilah Suzanne, Jilted, Interlude Press.
- Rachel Wiley, Nothing Is Okay, Button Poetry.
This originally appeared in
Bi Community News issue 155
Published July/August 2019.