In the last week of June, the library would like to highlight a small selection of books that won LGBTQ+ specific awards.
Lambda Award- Transgender Fiction
Five years after a suspicious fire killed his mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has been unable to paint since his mother’s ghost has begun to visit him each evening. One night, he finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z. Laila Z’s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his community that he never knew. Following his mother’s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along.
Lambda Award- Lesbian Romance
Elle Jones, a free spirited astrologer, and Darcy Lowell, an actuary, have a disastrous blind date, set up by Darcy’s brother. Darcy’s well meaning brother won’t stop playing matchmaker, so Darcy and Elle pretend they are dating, well at least through New Years.
Lambda Award- Gay Poetry
“Guillotine traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal’s lingering scars, the border itself–great distances in which violence and yearning find roots. Through the voices of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and scorned lovers, award-winning poet Eduardo C. Corral writes dramatic portraits of contradiction, survival, and a deeply human, relentless interiority. With extraordinary lyric imagination, these poems wonder about being unwanted or renounced. What do we do with unrequited love? Is it with or without it that we would waste away?”
Stonewall Book Award
Darius Kellner has everything he thought he wanted–a new boyfriend, a new internship, and a spot on the soccer team–but growing up makes him question everything.
Liz Lighty has always felt too black, too poor, and too awkward to stand out in her small, rich, prom-obsessed hometown of Campbell, Indiana. So she plans to attend the Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. When her financial aid falls through, she decides to go for her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. Then she starts to fall for the new girl in school, Mack, who is also running for queen.