What good are awards? Do they really mean anything? Are the winners truly better than other books, or is it just a popularity contest? We’ve known readers who only read award winners, and others who actively avoid them, on the theory that award winning books might be more admirable than enjoyable. But there is definitely one aspect of book awards that is a big help to readers: the full lists of nominees – or long lists.
We regularly pore over the longlisted books for the Booker Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Edgar Awards, the National Book Awards and others, looking for titles that both passed their judges’ muster and capture our own individual interest. One of the best – and longest – long lists each year is the LAMBDA Literary Awards (or Lammys), now entering its 31st year of recognizing excellence in LGBTQIA literature. Lammy winners will be announced on June 3, but you can enjoy their long list, spanning a vast array of categories, right now! It is hard to imagine a better way to get in touch with some of the most interesting LGBTQIA narratives and talented authors writing today. And for your convenience, we’ve posted extensive lists of the finalists for fiction & poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels, and books for youth, right there in our library catalog. Continue reading “The 2019 Lambda Literary Awards Long List is here!”
Posted by Eric G.
It’s been 45 years since Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) New Yorkers fought back against police harassment at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, helping to usher in the modern LGBTQ rights movement. This weekend is also the 40th Anniversary of the Seattle Pride Parade, which was lucky enough to snag the ever-popular George Takei as its grand marshal! Naturally, I corralled some queer reads to complement this colorful time of year. Be proud of who you are, who you love and what you read! Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: LGBTQ Pride”
Farthing by Jo Walton
Set in an alternate 1949 where Hitler won the war, Lucy and David become embroiled in a murder investigation and their only hope of exoneration is the work of a Scotland Yard investigator with secrets of his own. A wonderfully clever and dark murder mystery that has quite a bit to say about how dominate societies treat outsiders and the universal struggle for human rights.
Green Thumb by Tom Cardamone
In a post-apocalyptic world where life has evolved in unexpected ways, Leaf and his two-dimensional friend skate find their lives permanently altered by the arrival by Scallop and his father. This is the kind of book you’ll want to reread over and over, and annoy all your friends by forcing them to read it. It’s lovely, heart-breaking and so wonderfully original you’ll wish for more stories in this bewitching world. Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: The 5 best queer sci-fi reads of the decade”