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Bisexual Book Awards announces finalists

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The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announced the finalists for their Bisexual Book Awards today in six book categories and two additional categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year. The awards are for books published in 2013.

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This year, 60 books were nominated to the Bisexual Book Awards. "We are thrilled that an unprecedented number of bisexual books were nominated this year. No book awards has ever seen 60 bisexual book submissions," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. The previous record was held by the Lammy Awards, who received 33 nominations to their bisexual book categories in 2011.

Although this is only the second year of the Bisexual Book Awards, BWA has been working towards these same goals since their formation in 2006. "It’s our goal to increase awareness of bisexual books, to inspire authors to write more novels with bisexual characters, more non-fiction on bisexual topics, more bisexual memoirs and to encourage more publishers to publish them. It’s working!" says Lambert.

Books were allowed to cross-nominate to multiple categories, if appropriate. But the general fiction category got so huge this year, any books also nominated to a genre fiction category, had to be removed. According to Lambert, "judges were complaining they had too many books to read. We were just not expecting this many books!"

A team of judges for each book category has been working away for months to read and assess all the books and these are the finalists they have chosen. Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on May 31st, following Bi Lines VII, a reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing to be held in New York City. You can check the Bi Writers Association blog for program details and updates.

Finalists for the Bisexual Book Awards:

(listed alphabetically by title)

Bisexual Fiction

  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri, W. W. Norton & Company
  • Corona by Bushra Rehman, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • The Last Place She’d Look by Arlene Schindler, ExtravaGonzo
  • My Education by Susan Choi, Viking Adult
  • The Spirit of Detroit by Frank Anthony Polito, Woodward Avenue Books
  • The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt, Bloomsbury

Bisexual Non-fiction

  • Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press
  • Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press
  • The B Word:Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, Maria San Filippo, Indiana University Press
  • Kissing Oscar Wilde: A Love Story In The City Of Light by Jade Sylvan, Write Bloody Publishing

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

  • Coda by Emma Trevayne, Running Press Kids
  • The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell, Harcourt Children’s Books
  • Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry
  • The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books

Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction

  • Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins (Gravel Road Series), Saddleback Educational Publishing
  • Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books

Bisexual Biography/Memoir

  • Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press
  • Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press
  • The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, Alden Jones, Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica

  • The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by Jean Roberta, Lethe Press
  • House of Sable Locks by Elizabeth Schechter, Circlet Press
  • Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus by Livia Ellis, Vol. 1-4, Riverdale Avenue Books/ Desire
  • The Reunion by Adriana Kraft: B&B Publishing
  • Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Cleis Press

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year

  • Circlet Press
  • Riverdale Avenue Books

Bi Writer of the Year (listed alphabetically by author last name)

  • Rachel Kramer Bussel, Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica, Cleis Press
  • Clive Davis (with Anthony DeCurtis), The Soundtrack of My Life, Simon & Schuster
  • Shiri Eisner, Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Seal Press
  • Livia Ellis, Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus, Vol. 1-4, Riverdale Avenue Books/ Desire
  • Ed Kurtz, A Wind of Knives, Snubnose Press
  • Marina Peralta (with Penelope James), Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity, Barriers Press
  • Jean Roberta, The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella, Lethe Press
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