Book Buzz #28 April 2011

Notes from the LGBT literary & publishing community

Acclaimed British novelist Alan Hollinghurst is the recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011. Gay & Lesbian Review received the Leadership Award and a Special Award went to the anthology Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press).

More awards honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, nonfiction and poetry published last year will be announced at the 23rd Annual Triangle Awards on April 28 in NYC.  to see all the finalists and here ( for details on the awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public. [Source]

Queer Magazine Online, up since January 2010, recently hit the 250 milestone for number of books reviewed.  QMO also serves as a queer social networking site, includes author interviews, and covers GLBTQ news, with GLBT books as a special focus, e-books in particular. [Source]

David-Matthew Barnes is the national winner of the 2011 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, presented by Kent State University Trumbull, for his poem Walking to K-Mart to Buy a Dolly Parton Album.  [Source]

Meanwhile, his gay-themed one-act play, Baby in the Basement, is an official selection for the NYC 15 Minute Play Festival, set for April 25-May 1 at the American Globe Theatre. [Source]

Last month, Out-FM, the Pacifica Radio affiliate in New York (99.5 FM), interviewed Jan Donley after selecting her novel The Side Door (Bella Books) as one of its “notable” books of 2010. Source

Jan was also interviewed by Charlotte Robinson for the online Outtake Voices site. [Source]

Finalists  have been announced for the ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards in 56 categories, including Gay/Lesbian Fiction.  The awards focus on independent publishers and their authors. Winners will be announced at Book Expo America in NYC May 23-26. [Source]

Book Buzzers (and anyone else) can vote for their favorite among TLAGay’s nominees for the 2011 TLA Gaybie Awards, which honor the best of last year’s LGBT movies, literature, TV, online journalism and film festivals. To vote for your fave among the nominees, “hand-picked” by TLA’s “opinionated, gay-movie-obsessed staff.” [Source]

Radclyffe’s Trauma Alert (Bold Strokes Books) is a finalist for the 2011 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, presented by Southern Magic, the southern chapter of Romance Writers of America.  The award honors published contemporary romance fiction.  The chapter also sponsors the Linda Howard Award of Excellence  for unpublished romance fiction. [Source]

Michael Alenyikov’s debut novel, Ivan and Misha, has been nominated in the fiction category of the Northern California Book Award, given by reviewers in that region.  (He’s also up for Triangle’s Edmund White Award, mentioned above.)  [Source]

The above award is not to be confused with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Awards, which have not been posted on the NCIBA’s site at this writing but reportedly include Lucy Jane Bledsoe (for The Big Bang Symphony) and Armistead Maupin (Mary Ann in Autumn) among this year’s nominees in the fiction category.

Novelist Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla (Ode to Lata, The Two Krishnas) has been invited to participate in the prestigious Master’s Tea at Yale University on April 7.  The Master’s Teas offer students the chance to interact with a distinguished artist or public figure in an informal setting.  Previous guests have included Denzel Washington, George Carlin, Frank Gehry and Christiane Amanpour. [Source]

Following a record number of nominations, the Lambda Literary Foundation has announced 114 finalists for its 2011 Lambda Literary Awards  in two dozen categories, honoring LGBT writing for books published in 2010.  Winners will be announced at a May 26 ceremony in NYC. [Source]

Rick R. Reed’s gay-themed werewolf novel, The Blue Moon Cafe won the 2011 EPIC eBook Award for Best Horror Erotic Romance Novel.  See all the winners, honored for their achievements in e-book publishing. [Source]

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced its 2011 Media Award recipients in 25 of this year’s 32 categories at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in NYC last month.  Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 10 and in San Francisco on May 14. [Source]

Under the direction of Michael Kearns, a dozen LGBT seniors will be featured in “Late Awakenings: 739 Years of Living Written in Rainbow Hues,” an evening of Spoken Word on April 29 at the INKubator at KTC in Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by Spoken Interludes Next and made possible by a grant from Poets and Writers through the James Irvine Foundation. [Details]

Two books from Blood Moon Productions earned honorable mentions at the Los Angeles Book Festival: Howard Hughes, Hell’s Angel, by Darwin Porter, which explores his purported bisexuality, Biography/Memoir; and Hollywood Babylon Strikes Again, by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, Nonfiction. [Source]

Watch Blood Moon president, Danforth Prince’s acceptance speech:

A conversation between Charlie Cochrane and Alex Beecroft, discussing writing gay historical romance, appears in the spring edition of Romance Matters, the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) magazine. [Source]

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