Best of Bi Books

Bi booksThis year’s shortlist in the Lammy Awards, America’s LGBT book prizes, has been published. As last year there are now two bi categories (fiction and non-fiction).

Winners will be announced on 26th May.

The shortlisted titles are:
Bisexual Fiction

* Fall Asleep Forgetting by Georgann Packard, The Permanent Press
* If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous, Harper Perennial
* Krakow Melt by Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press
* The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin Hermes, Harper Perennial
* Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers by Ann Herendeen, Harper Paperback

Bisexual Nonfiction

* Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Rowman & Littlefield
* Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women edited by Candace Walsh & Laura Andre, Seal Press
* Just Kids by Patti Smith, Ecco Press
* Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead by Paula Byrne, HarperCollins/It Books
* Sal Mineo: A Biography by Gregg Michael Michaud, Crown Archetype

Bi Book Date

Bi booksThe date has been set for the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards – they will be presented on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

The awards are given in recognition of the finest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature, and now have two bisexual categories – Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Nominations are still open and you can nominate new titles on the Lambda website here.

So far nominated for 2011’s awards:

Fiction
* Alcestis, by Katharine Beutner, Soho Press
* Freak Parade, by Marilyn Jaye Lewis, lulu.com
* Imperial Bedrooms, by Bret Easton Ellis, Alfred A. Knopf
* Krakow Melt, by Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press

Nonfiction
* American Voyeur: Dispatches from the Far Reaches of Modern Life, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Simon & Schuster
* Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Rowman & Littlefield
* Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women, edited by Candace Walsh and Laura Andre, Seal Press
* Draquilian Silk: A Collector”s and Bibliographical Guide to the Books of William Maltese, 1969-201o, by William Maltese, Borgo Press
* The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, by Selina Hastings, Random House

Getting Bi Too

It’s now four years since the publication of “Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World”, a book bringing together a rich blend of bisexual experience from 32 different countries. Since then the world has moved on: for example, here in Britain the introduction of Registered Civil Partnerships means that while back then same-sex and mixed-sex relationships were treated differently in law, now they are… erm, treated differently in law.

But those four years have given editors Robyn Ochs and Sarah E Rowley time to seek out new and additional voices from ten of the nations that were not represented in the 2005 book.

The new second edition of “Getting Bi” is out now and should be appearing at online bookshops soon (and in good real world ones too!) Proceeds from the book go to support the work of the Bisexual Resource Center in the USA.

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