2014’s Best Bi Books unveiled

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Bi booksThe Bi Writers Association (BWA) presented their Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards in New York this weekend, with winners in 10 book categories.

The winners are:

Bisexual Fiction
Winner: In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno

Bisexual Non-fiction
Winner: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams

Bisexual Romance
Winner: One Kiss with a Rock Star by Shari Slade and Amber Lin

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
Winner: Capricious: A Texan Tale of Love and Magic by Julie Cox

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc]
Winner: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

Bisexual Memoir/Biography
Winner: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernández

Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction
Winner: Frenemy of the People by Nora Olsen

Bisexual Mystery
Winner: Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden

Bisexual Poetry
Winner: Joy Street by Laura Foley

Bisexual Anthology
Winner: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year
Winner: Bisexual Resource Center and Circlet Press (joint winners)

Bi Writer of the Year
Winner: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams, Bisexual Resource Center

The Bi Book Awards’ long long shortlist

Bi books

Bi booksThe Bi Writers Association (BWA) have announced the finalists for their Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards in 10 book categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction/Erotica, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery and two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year.

The awards are for books published in 2014.

The scale of the awards has grown again with 72 books submitted to 10 book categories. By comparison, last year there were 60 books and six book categories.

“We are thrilled the Bisexual Book Awards continues to grow every year,” says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “By providing more bisexual categories, we have been attracting more bisexual books than any other awards. It’s always been the goal of BWA to increase awareness of bisexual books, to inspire authors to write more bi-themed books and to encourage more publishers to publish them. Since we launched our Bisexual Book Awards we have had the opportunity to reward authors and publishers for their efforts.”

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. The number of finalists for each category were based on a combination of the number of books in the category and the number of books the judges felt were deserving; larger categories had five or six finalists and smaller categories had two. Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Sat May 30, following their annual reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, to be held in New York City, USA, at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm, followed by an afterparty.

Finalists for the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards: (listed by category and title)

Bisexual Fiction
Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction edited by Sheela Lambert
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya

Bisexual Non-fiction
A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernández
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders by Jacob and Diane Anderson-Minshall
Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams
The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America by Edward White
Valerie Solanas : The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote Scum (and Shot Andy Warhol) By Breanne Fahs

Bisexual Romance
Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman
Crying in the Rain by Debbie McGowan
The Heart of the Hurricane by May Woodworth
Let It Ride by LC Chase
One Kiss with a Rock Star by Shari Slade and Amber Lin
The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book 1) by Jenna Galicki

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
Bound to Be a Groom by Megan Mulry
Capricious: A Texan Tale of Love and Magic by Julie Cox
Memoirs of a Gigolo, Second Omnibus Edition, Volumes 5-7 by Livia Ellis
Murder On The Mountain by Jamie Fessenden
One Kiss with a Rock Star by Shari Slade and Amber Lin

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc]
Capricious: A Texan Tale of Love and Magic by Julie Cox
Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
The Pendragon Legacy: Sons Of Camelot Book One by Sarah Luddington
That Door Is a Mischief by Alex Jeffers

Bisexual Memoir/Biography
Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life by Allison Moon
A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernández
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
Not My Father’s Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming
Susan Sontag: A Biography by Daniel Schreiber
The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America by Edward White

Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction
Frenemy of the People by Nora Olsen
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

Bisexual Mystery
The Book of Joel by AR Fiano
Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden

Bisexual Poetry
Directing Herbert White: Poems by James Franco
Joy Street by Laura Foley

Bisexual Anthology
The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year
Bisexual Resource Center
Circlet Press
Cleis Press
Riverdale Avenue Books

Bi Writer of the Year
Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction edited by Sheela Lambert
A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernández
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
Memoirs of a Gigolo, Second Omnibus Edition, Volumes 5-7 by Livia Ellis
Not My Father’s Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming
Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams, Bisexual Resource Center

Nominations open for Bi Book Awards

Bi books

Bi booksSubmissions are now open for its third annual Bisexual Book Awards.

Any 2014 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual theme, is eligible for submission. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA), however, anyone may contact BWA to recommend a book. There are nine categories total, seven of which have open submissions.

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each category. Finalists will be announced by the first week in April, and winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, tentative date, Sat May 31 of 2015. The Bisexual Book Awards will be preceded by BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards.

“Bisexual books and bi writers have few opportunities for recognition, even at LGBT Book Awards, so the Bisexual Book Awards is our answer to that,” says Bi Writers Association director Sheela Lambert. “In addition to recognizing books and authors for their achievements, the Bisexual Book Awards process creates a complete annual list of bisexual books for readers, and encourages more bi-themed books to be written and published,” says Ms. Lambert.

To submit a book, send an email to the Bi Writers Association at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, author name, publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a nomination form.

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the BWA website at biwriters.org

The Bisexual’s Electronic Guide to the Universe

cover - the bisexual's guide to the universe

cover - the bisexual's guide to the universeWith a name that honestly isn’t riffing on a Douglas Adams novel, The Bisexual’s Guide To The Universe is a hugely popular collection of bi argument, experience and geekery. And now it’s been released as an e-book on the kindle.

Which is a great help, as the print copies are getting harder to find.

Other books will tell you how it’s OK for bis to date straight or gay people. This breaks it down into the tongue-in-cheek pros and cons of each combination. Want a list of bi films? Other books give you films with bis in. This breaks it down into what fun category of film you’re looking for: don’t mind bad acting, don’t mind a lack of plot, don’t mind a lot of blood… You get the idea

It’s not perfect – genderqueer readers may feel quite left out by the bouncy men-this women-that writing style, for example. It’s American and in places the gap between US and UK culture, especially US and UK bi culture, starts to show. They don’t realise Bob and Rose was a different show from Gimme Gimme Gimme. But it is just about the most fun bi book you can keep about the place.

Get it here

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