Library is open

Find your next LGBTQ read with these 2019 Lambda Literary Award winners

The Lambda Literary Foundation kicked off a new decade of Lammys in New York City on June 3, celebrating the winners of the 31st Lambda Literary Awards, who represent some of the most influentials voices in LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, memoir, and erotica.

“Once again, the winners of this year’s Lambda Literary Awards demonstrate how LGBTQ writing is far from monolithic,” the organization says in an announcement of the honorees. “Across twenty-four categories, one finds the range of queer brilliance and a whole new set of books for your to-read list.”

Related: These 10 books were challenged for their LGBT content (and are thus awesome)

Presenters at the event included Drag Race alum Dusty Ray Bottoms, trans advocate Tyler Ford, and Broadway actor Anthony Rapp, and the night was emceed by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond.

With no further ado, here are this year’s winners:

  • Lesbian Fiction: The Tiger Flu, Larissa Lai
  • Lesbian Mystery: A Study in Honor: A Novel, Claire O’Dell
  • Lesbian Romance: Beowulf For Cretins: A Love Story, Ann McMan
  • Lesbian Poetry: Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House, Ru Puro
  • Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Chronology, Zahra Patterson


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Joshua Whitehead (@jwhitehead204) on

  • Gay Fiction: Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead
  • Gay Mystery: Late Fees: A Pinx Video Mystery, Marshall Thornton
  • Gay Romance: Crashing Upwards, S.C. Wynne
  • Gay Poetry: Indecency, Justin Phillip Reed
  • Gay Memoir/Biography: No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, Darnell L. Moore


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Anthony Moll (@anthonywmoll) on

  • Bisexual Fiction: Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, Translated by Tina Kove
  • Bisexual Nonfiction: Out of Step: A Memoir, Anthony Moll
  • Bisexual Poetry: We Play a Game, Duy Doan


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Casey Plett (@plettsky) on

  • Transgender Fiction: Little Fish, Casey Plett
  • Transgender Nonfiction: Histories of the Transgender Child, Julian Gill-Peterson
  • Transgender Poetry: lo terciario / the tertiary, Raquel Salas Rivera


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Kazimir Lee Iskander (@kazzer.lee) on

  • LGBTQ Erotica: Miles & Honesty in SCFSX!, Blue Delliquanti & Kazimir Lee
  • LGBTQ Nonfiction: Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, Imani Perry
  • LGBTQ Anthology, Fiction: As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II, The Other Foundation
  • LGBTQ Anthology, Nonfiction: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Roxane Gay (@roxanegay74) on

  • LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult: Hurricane Child, Kacen Callender
  • LGBTQ Drama: Draw the Circle, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen
  • LGBTQ Graphic Novels: The Lie and How We Told It, Tommi Parrish
  • LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: The Breath of the Sun, Isaac R. Fellman

Related: Summer books from David Sedaris, Guy Branum and more

  • LGBTQ Studies: Toxic Silence: Race, Black Gender Identity, and Addressing the Violence Against Black Transgender Women in Houston, William T. Hoston
  • Trustee Award: Alexander Chee
  • Visionary Award: Masha Gessen
  • Publishing Professional Award: Barbara Smith


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Alexander Chee (@cheemobile) on

Don't forget to share:

Help make sure LGBTQ+ stories are being told...

We can't rely on mainstream media to tell our stories. That's why we don't lock Queerty articles behind a paywall. Will you support our mission with a contribution today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated