The Finalists for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards

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This year exclusively announced the finalists of the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. Lambda has for 30 years honoured the LGBTQ community’s longstanding contribution to literature.

This year’s nominees include some of our favourite writers at The Cheeky Natives. Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy has been shortlisted for Lesbian fiction. We featured Nicole discussing this book on our podcast late last year. Patsy’s acclaim is well deserved for the care and sensitivity with which it covered queer motherhood, non-binary identity and other intersections. Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone, a novel which deals with difficult questions around motherhood, absence and collective memory has also been nominated in the same category.

In the gay fiction category,  Bryan Washington’s LOT has been listed along with Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Both these offerings are rich in queerness, culture and joy.

In the LGBTQ Nonfiction, Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House has been listed. This is wonderful considering the important contribution it makes into the queer archival silence, particularly regarding lesbian domestic violence.

Saeed Jones’ breath-taking memoir How We Fight for Our Lives has been shortlisted in Gay Memoir/Biography category.

The winners will be announced live on Monday, June 8 in New York City, at a lively ceremony hosted by comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang.

We are elated for the authors and we wish them all the very best for the awards.

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