The Lambda Literary Awards - (LGBTQI) 2020

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The Lambdas have been announced! These books are marked as the best queer fiction by the Lambda Literary Society. Both winners and nominees have been included to broaden your reading experience. Read the rainbow!


T'Ai Freedom Ford
Description: "t'ai freedom ford's second collection of poems, & MORE BLACK, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK. By turns tough and sexy, wrapped up in the evolving language and sonics of life, these poems take their cue from Wanda Coleman's American Sonnets as they rhapsodize and dialogue with artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon, and Wangechi Mutu, along with many other musicians, artists, and writers."--
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2020
Fiona Alison Duncan
Description: "An unapologetically raw account of coming of age broke in Trump-era Los Angeles in the social media–saturated Now, this meditation (almost manifesto?) on materialism, media, power, performance, and sexuality uses inventive, of-the-moment language to tackle that circuitous route to self-discovery that is your twenties—in a startlingly original way." —Lilibet Snellings, author of Box Girl: My Part Time Job as an Art Installation Given the initials F.A.D. at birth, Fiona Alison Duncan has always had an eye for observing the trends around her. But after years of looking for answers in books and astrological charts and working as a celebrity journalist to make rent, Fiona discovers another way of existing: in the Real, a phenomenological state few humans live in. Fiona's journey to the Real takes her to Koreatown, Los Angeles, where she sublets a room in La Mariposa. There, in the aftermath of a reality TV deal gone wrong, Fiona asks the question, Can you rewrite your life? The answer, her debut novel, Exquisite Mariposa , follows a cast of friends and lovers as they navigate questions of art making and economies, breakups and breakdowns, and the Internet and its many obsessions.
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Description: Hazel knows a lot about the world. That's because when she's not hanging with her best friend, taking care of her dog, or helping care for the goats on her family's farm, she loves reading through dusty encyclopedias. But even Hazel doesn't have answers for the questions awaiting her as she enters eighth grade. What if no one at her new school gets her, and she doesn't make any friends? What's going to happen to one of her moms, who's pregnant again after having two miscarriages? Why does everything have to change when life was already perfectly fine? As Hazel struggles to cope, she'll come to realize that sometimes you have to look within yourself-- instead of the pages of a book-- to find the answer to life's most important questions.
Call Number: J FIC Big
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Saeed Jones
Description: Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.
Call Number: B Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Carmen Maria Machado
Description: The author's account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
Call Number: 306.766 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Hazel Jane Plante
Description: "The playful and poignant novel ... sifts through a queer trans woman's unrequited love for her straight trans friend who died. A queer love letter steeped in desire, grief, and delight, the story is interspersed with encyclopedia entries about a fictional TV show set on an isolated island. The experimental form functions at once as a manual for how pop culture can help soothe and mend us and as an exploration of oft-overlooked sources of pleasure, including karaoke, birding, and butt toys. Ultimately, Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) reveals with glorious detail and emotional nuance the woman the narrator loved, why she loved her, and the depths of what she has lost"--
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2020
Bryan Washington
Description: "In the city of Houston - a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America - the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older sister's absence. And discovering he likes boys. Around him, others live and thrive and die in Houston's myriad neighborhoods: a young woman whose affair detonates across an apartment complex, a ragtag baseball team, a group of young hustlers, hurricane survivors, a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, a reluctant chupacabra. Bryan Washington's brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, and the infinite longing of people searching for home. With soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms."--Inside dust jacket.
Call Number: FIC Was
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Description: A Jamaican woman leaves her daughter behind to immigrate to New York, where the happier life she expected is difficult to find as an undocumented worker -- adapted from jacket description.
Call Number: FIC Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Stephanie Young
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2020
Cyree Jarelle Johnson
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2020
Trisha Low
Description: Moving west--from Singapore to America, from New York to California--a woman examines the myth of "finding home" even as she comes to terms with its impossibilities.
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2020
Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William (Composer) Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
Description: "The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society -- and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future. Yetu holds the memories for her people, who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one -- the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu. Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities -- and discovers a world her people left behind long ago. Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past -- and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity -- and own who they really are. Inspired by a song produced by the rap group clipping. for the This American Life episode "We Are In The Future," The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Alexandra Villasante
Description: Marisol and Gabi Morales are detainees of the United States government, caught crossing the U.S. border to escape the gang violence in their country after their brother was murdered. When Marisol learns that they are going to be sent home, they flee, and catch a ride with Indranie Patel. Indranie has a proposal for Marisol: become a Grief Keeper, someone who will take another's grief into their body. It's a dangerous experimental study, but if Marisol agrees she and Gabi will be allowed to stay in the United States. When Marisol meets Rey, the wealthy daughter of a D.C. Senator, and the girl she's helping to heal, Marisol doesn't expect the connection from their shared grief to erupt into a powerful love. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Vil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
Lou Sullivan
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2020
Samra Habib
Description: "A queer Muslim searches for the language to express her truest self, making peace with her sexuality, her family, and Islam. Growing up in Pakistan, Samra Habib lacks a blueprint for the life she wants. She has a mother who gave up everything to be a pious, dutiful wife and an overprotective father who seems to conspire against a life of any adventure. Plus, she has to hide the fact that she's Ahmadi to avoid persecution from religious extremists. As the threats against her family increase, they seek refuge in Canada, where new financial and cultural obstacles await them. When Samra discovers that her mother has arranged her marriage, she must again hide a part of herself--the fun-loving, feminist teenager that has begun to bloom--until she simply can't any longer. So begins a journey of self-discovery that takes her to Tokyo, where she comes to terms with her sexuality, and to a queer-friendly mosque in Toronto, where she returns to her faith in the same neighbourhood where she attended her first drag show. Along the way, she learns that the facets of her identity aren't as incompatible as she was led to believe, and that her people had always been there--the world just wasn't ready for them yet."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.766 Hab
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2020
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& More Black
T'Ai Freedom Ford
Pet Sounds
Stephanie Young
Exquisite Mariposa [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. Fiona Alison Duncan.
Fiona Alison Duncan
Slingshot
Cyree Jarelle Johnson
Hazel's Theory Of Evolution
Lisa Jenn Bigelow
J FIC Big
Socialist Realism
Trisha Low
How We Fight For Our Lives : A Memoir
Saeed Jones
B Jon
The Deep
Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William (Composer) Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
FIC Sol
In The Dream House : A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado
306.766 Mac
The Grief Keeper
Alexandra Villasante
YA FIC Vil
Little Blue Encyclopedia (For Vivian)
Hazel Jane Plante
We Both Laughed In Pleasure: The Selected Diaries Of Lou Sullivan
Lou Sullivan
Lot : Stories
Bryan Washington
FIC Was
We Have Always Been Here : A Queer Muslim Memoir
Samra Habib
306.766 Hab
Patsy : A Novel
Nicole Dennis-Benn
FIC Den