Bi Book Awards Announces Shortlist

Bi booksThe Bi Writers Association (BWA) announced the finalists for the Bisexual Book Awards today in six book categories and two additional categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year.

The awards are for books published during 2013.

In all, sixty books were nominated. “We are thrilled that an unprecedented number of bisexual books were nominated this year. No book awards has ever seen 60 bisexual book submissions,” says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. The previous record was held by the Lammy Awards, who received 33 nominations to their bisexual book categories in 2011.

This is only the second year of the Bisexual Book Awards. “It’s our goal to increase awareness of bisexual books, to inspire authors to write more novels with bisexual characters, more non-fiction on bisexual topics, more bisexual memoirs, and to encourage more publishers to publish them. It’s working!” says Lambert.

Books were allowed to cross-nominate to multiple categories, if appropriate. But the general fiction category got so huge this year, any books also nominated to a genre fiction category, had to be removed. According to Lambert, “judges were complaining they had too many books to read. We were just not expecting this many books!”

A team of judges for each category has been working away for months to read and assess all the books and these are the finalists they have chosen. Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on May 31st, following Bi Lines VII, a reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, to be held in New York, USA at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm.

Finalists for the Bisexual Book Awards:
(listed alphabetically by title)

Bisexual Fiction
The City of Devi by Manil Suri, W. W. Norton & Company
Corona by Bushra Rehman, Sibling Rivalry Press
Hild by Nicola Griffith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Last Place She’d Look by Arlene Schindler, ExtravaGonzo
My Education by Susan Choi, Viking Adult
The Spirit of Detroit by Frank Anthony Polito, Woodward Avenue Books
The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt, Bloomsbury

Bisexual Non-fiction
Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles ‘Zan’ Christensen, Northwest Press
Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press
The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, Maria San Filippo, Indiana University Press
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press
Kissing Oscar Wilde: A Love Story In The City Of Light by Jade Sylvan, Write Bloody Publishing

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror]
Coda by Emma Trevayne, Running Press Kids
The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell, Harcourt Children_s Books
Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.
Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry
The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books

Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction
Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins (Gravel Road Series), Saddleback Educational Publishing
Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books

Bisexual Biography/Memoir
Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles _Zan_ Christensen, Northwest Press
Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press
The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, Alden Jones, Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by Jean Roberta, Lethe Press
House of Sable Locks by Elizabeth Schechter, Circlet Press
Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus, by Livia Ellis, Vol. 1-4, Riverdale Avenue Books/Desire
The Reunion by Adriana Kraft: B&B Publishing
Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women_s Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Cleis Press

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year
Circlet Press
Riverdale Avenue Books

Bi Writer of the Year
Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press
The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by Jean Roberta, Lethe Press
Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus, by Livia Ellis, Vol. 1-4, Riverdale Avenue Books/Desire
The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis, Simon & Schuster
Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Cleis Press
A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz, Snubnose Press