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Best 24 LGBTQ books of 2019, according to Lambda Literary

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From memoirs to young adult novels茄枝视频, 2019 brought with it a bounty of books published by LGBTQ authors. If you want to get into reading one of them but feel intimidated by the onslaught of options, don’t fret. Lambda Literary, the premier organization promoting the development of emerging queer writers, recently relased its annual list of Lammy Award Recipients.

茄枝视频The foundation has been issuing the awards since 1987. This year, 24 books earned Lammy awards, spanning distinct categories ranging from transgender poetry to lesbian romance. William Johnson, deputy director of Lambda Literary, explains Lammy Award categories could change depending on which books readers nominate.

Queer writers are changing the master narrative

William Johnson, deputy director of Lambda Literary

“A lot of the categories are submitted by the community, which is how we can track trends throughout the years,” Johnson told NBC News. “Humor used to be a category, but now it’s no longer, and we’re finding that the number of young adult books has been exploding each year, so there’s a lot more to select from.”

茄枝视频Johnson added that each category is judged by a panel of three or so authors who write in the same genre they judge.

茄枝视频“Queer writers are changing the master narrative,” Johnson said, adding that as a result, more mainstream media organizations have been taking note of LGBTQ authors’ contributions. “But at Lambda Literary we continue to provide a platform for the truly transgressive and outsider voices because highlighting these voices can help readers feel less alone.”

As 2019 closes, here are Lambda Literary’s awardees — a list that denotes some of the most impactful, provocative LGBTQ literature of the past year, according to the foundation.

Lesbian Fiction

1. by Larissa Lai

Gay Fiction

2. by Joshua Whitehead

Bisexual Fiction

3. by Négar Djavadi; Translated by Tina Kover, Europa Editions

Bisexual Fiction

4. by Anthony Moll

Transgender Fiction

5. by Casey Plett

LGBTQ Nonfiction

6. by Imani Perry

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Transgender Nonfiction

7. by Julian Gill-Peterson

Lesbian Poetry

8. by Ru Puro

Gay Poetry

9. by Justin Phillip Reed

Bisexual Poetry

10. by Duy Doan

Transgender Poetry

11. by Raquel Salas Rivera

Lesbian Mystery

12. by Claire O'Dell

Gay Mystery

13. by Marshall Thornton

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

14. by Zahra Patterson

Gay Memoir/Biography

15. by Darnell L. Moore

Lesbian Romance

16. by Ann McMan

Gay Romance

17. by S.C. Wynne

LGBTQ Erotica

18. by Blue Delliquanti and Kazimir Lee

LGBTQ Anthology

19. by The Other Foundation and Jacana Media

LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult

20. by Kacen Callender

LGBTQ Drama

21. by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen

LGBTQ Graphic Novels

22. by Tommi Parrish

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror

23. by Isaac R. Fellman

LGBTQ Studies

24. by William T. Hoston

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