Filed under: challenges | Tags: gay fiction, lambda literary award, lesbian fiction, reading challenge
A few weeks ago I posted the article “Separate and Unequal” from Publisher’s Weekly relating to the lack of gay and lesbian literature available from mainstream presses in the USA. I confess to my own scanty experience with literature featuring homosexual protagonists that I haven’t fallen upon by accident. Resulting from this, I am launching my own reading challenge: The Lambda Challenge. (I know, such an original title.)
The Lambda Literary Foundation gives awards yearly to “celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians – the whole literary community.” These awards encompass men’s and women’s fiction, poetry, fantasy, young adult literature, anthologies, nonfiction, drama, etc.
For the challenge, select as many category awards or books that interest you and read the books. There’s a nice list of the past winners available from Wikipedia too. Once you decide to participate, comment below with a link to your blog. If you need any ideas, here’s a link to my personal challenge: Lambda’s Best Fiction. This is an ongoing challenge so please feel free to join at anytime.
Current, Future and Past Participants:
Bookchronicle at Adventures in Reading
Callista at SMS Book Reviews
David at sfdavide’s blog
Nymeth at things mean a lot