Bil Browning

Congratulations to Brent and Mattilda!

Filed By Bil Browning | March 17, 2008 1:15 PM | comments

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Tags: Bilerico contributors, Brent Hartinger, Lambda Literary Awards, Mattilda Berbstein Sycamore, Nobody Passes, Split Screen

The 20th annual Lambda Literary Awards finalists have been announced and two of our contributors have been nominated! Brent Hartinger was nominated in the "Bisexual" category for his children's book, Split Screen. Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore was tapped for Nobody Passes in the "Transgender" category.

Way to go! We're all so proud of you both!

Complete list of nominees after the jump.


* Juicy Mother 2, Jennifer Camper (Manic D Press)
* Vital Signs, Richard Canning (Carroll & Graf)
* First Person Queer, Richard Labonte and Lawrence Schimel (Arsenal Pulp Press)
* Men of Mystery: Homoerotic Tales of Intrigue and Suspense, Sean Meriwether & Greg Wharton, (Haworth)
* Baby Remember My Name, Michelle Tea (Carroll & Graf)


* Media Queered, Kevin Barnhurst (Peter Lang Publishing)
* Art That Dares, Kittredge Cherry (AndroGyne Press)
* The View From Here, Matthew Hays (Arsenal Pulp Press)
* Feeling Backward, Heather Love (Harvard University Press)
* Other Men's Sons, Michael Rowe (Cormorant Books)


* Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Peter Cameron (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* Hero, Perry Moore (Hyperion)
* Saints of Augustine, P.E. Ryan (HarperTeen)
* Freak Show, James St. James (Dutton Children's/Penguin)
* Parrotfish, Ellen Wittlinger (Simon & Schuster)


* Dose: Plays & Monologues, Dan Bernitt (Sawyer House)
* Niagara Falls, Victor Bumbalo (Broadway Play Publishing)
* Return of the Caffe Cino, edited by Steve Susoyev and
George Birimisa (Moving Finger Press)


* The Golden Age of Lesbian Erotica, Victoria Brownworth & Judith M. Redding (Magic Carpet Books)
* Red Light, J. D. Glass (Bold Strokes Books)
* Ardennian Boy, William Maltese & Wayne Gunn (MLR Press)
* The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica, Lawrence Schimel (Carrol & Graf)
* Homosex, Simon Sheppard (Running Press)
* Every Dark Desire, Fiona Zedde (Kensington)


* Between Women, Sharon Marcus (Princeton University Press)
* Pink Harvest, Toni Mirosevich (Mid-List Press)
* Other Men's Sons, Michael Rowe (Cormorant Books)
* Gay Artists in Mondern American Culture, Michael S. Sherry (University of North Carolina Press)
* Imagining Transgender, David Valentine (Duke University Press)


* Blackbird and Wolf, Henri Cole (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
* A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering, Dawn Lundy Martin (University of Georgia Press)
* Otherwise Obedient, Carol Potter (Red Hen Press)
* Fata Morgana, Reginald Shepherd (University of Pittsburgh)
* The Second Person, C. Dale Young (Four Way Books)
* Human Resources, Rachel Zolf (Coach House Books)


* Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale (Blind Eye Books)
* A Companion to Wolves, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (Tor Books)
* Spaceman Blues: A Love Song, Brian Francis Slattery (Tor Books)
* The Dust of Wonderland, Lee Thomas (Alyson Books)
* Ha'penny, Jo Walton (Tor Books)


* Writing Desire, Bertram Cohler (University of Winsconsin Press)
* The First Man-Made Man, Pagan Kennedy (Bloomsbury)
* Between Women, Sharon Marcus (Princeton University Press)
* Caribbean Pleasure Industry, Mark Padilla (University of Chicago Press)
* Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, & the Black American Intellectual, Robert Reid-Pharr (NYU Press)


* Look Both Ways, Jennifer Baumgardner (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)
* Becoming Visible, Beth Firestein, Ed., (Columbia University Press)
* Split Screen, Brett Hartinger (Harper Collins Children's Books)
* The Tourists, Jeff Hobbs (Simon & Schuster)
* Stray, Sheri Joseph (MacAdam/Cage)


* Transparent, Cris Beam (Harcourt)
* Male Bodies, Women's Souls, LeeRay M. Costa, PhD, (Haworth)
* The Marrow's Telling, Eli Clare (Homofactus Press)
* What Becomes You, Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Raz (University of Nebraska Press)
* Nobody Passes, Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Seal Press)


* Lockjaw, Holly Farris (Gival Press)
* Dahlia Season, Myriam Gurba (Manic D Press)
* Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking, Aoibheann Sweeney (The Penguin Press)
* Breathing Underwater, Lu Vickers (Alyson Books)
* O Street, Corrina Wycoff (Other Voices)


* Tales from the Town of Widows, James Canon (Harpercollins)
* A Push and a Shove, Christopher Kelly (Alyson Books)
* That Was Then, Michael Quadland (Red Hen Press)
* SoMa, Kemble Scott (Kensington)
* Freak Show, James St. James (Dutton Children's/Penguin)


* Biting the Apple, Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Carroll & Graf)
* The IHOP Papers, Ali Liebegott (Carroll & Graf)
* Greetings from Jamaica, Mari San Giovanni (Bywater Books)
* The Child, Sarah Schulman (Carroll & Graf)
* The Kind of Girl I Am, Julia Watts (Spinsters Ink)
* The Mandrake Broom, Jess Wells (Firebrand Books)


* Sheridan's Fate, Gun Brooke (Bold Strokes Books)
* The Road Home, Frankie J. Jones (Bella Books)
* Out of Love, K. G. MacGregor (Bella Books)
* For Now, for Always, Marianne K. Martin (Bywater Books)
* When Dreams Tremble, Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)


* Wall of Silence, 2nd Ed., Gabrielle Goldsby (Bold Strokes Books)
* Mortal Groove, Ellen Hart (St. Martin's Press)
* In the Name of the Father, Gerri Hill (Bella Books)
* Selective Memory, Jennifer L. Jordan (Spinsters Ink)
* Laura's War, Ursula Steck (Bella Books)


* Comfort Food for Breakups, Marusya Bocurkiuw (Arsenal Pulp Press)
* And Now We Are Going to Have a Party, Nicola Griffith (Payseur & Schmidt)
* An Army of Ex-Lovers, Amy Hoffman (University of Massachusetts Press)
* Two Lives: Gertrude & Alice, Janet Malcolm (Yale University Press)
* Waiting for the Call, Jaqueline Taylor (University of Michigan Press)


* Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman (Farrar Straus Giroux)
* First Person Plural, Andrew W.M. Beierle (Kensington)
* Dark Reflections, Samuel R. Delany (Carroll & Graf)
* Fellow Travelers, Thomas Mallon (Pantheon)
* The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, Manuel Munoz (Algonquin)


* Changing Tides, Michael Thomas Ford (Kensington)
* A Secret Edge, Robin Reardon (Kensington)
* Right Side of the Wrong Bed, Frederick Smith (Kensington)
* Broadway Nights, Seth Rudetsky (Alyson Books)
* A Few Hints and Clews, Robert Taylor (Haworth)


* Double Abduction, Chris Beakey (J. Boylston/ ibooks, Inc.)
* Stain of the Berry, Anthony Bidulka (Insomniac Press)
* Pierce, Roberto Ferrari (Haworth)
* Murder in the Rue Chartres, Greg Herren (Alyson Books)
* Mahu Surfer, Neil Plakcy (Alyson Books)
* Drag Queen in the Court of Death, Caro Soles (Haworth)


* Forgiving Troy, Thom Bierdz (Hudson House)
* Dog Years, Mark Doty (HarperCollins)
* The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, Martin Duberman (Knopf)
* The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, Kenny Fries (Perseus Books)
* What Becomes You, Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Raz (University of Nebraska Press)
* Mississippi Sissy, Kevin Sessums (St. Martin's Press)

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Thanks, Bil! You have a good eye.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | March 17, 2008 4:48 PM

I read Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies and loved it. I have two copies sitting here, one for the GLBT teen group and one to donate to the Las Vegas Public Library.

I can't say that this much increases my respect for the Lambda Awards, even considering that it couldn't have gotten much lower following their nomination of J. Michael Bailey a few years back.

In the trans category, I'm not surprised about Transparent, but how in the hell was Julia Serano's Whipping Girl left out? Colour me surprised that they'd nominate Bailey but not one of the most significant books ever written about transpeople. Two of the others seem to fit quite nicely into favourite cissexual stereotypes, such as Nobody Passes (and can I just say how much I hate that title? Bernstein knows how the trans community uses that term, and he knows how it's widely perceived elsewhere - it's manipulation worthy of Fox News).

I'm also unimpressed by the inclusion of Baumgardner's "Look Both Ways" in the bisexual category, as it got pretty awful views despite its famous name, and was roundly disrespectful to bisexual-identified people.

Perhaps it's time Lambda actually found some B and T judges - or, as they were urged to do back in the Bailey fiasco - quit claiming to represent us.

No offense to those who have been nominated, but its a great shame that "Whipping Girl" wasn't included.

Karen Collett | March 17, 2008 9:33 PM

I'm also very disappointed that Whipping Girl. For readers who haven't read any of Julia Serano's writings, you can find some here. (Serano also performs spoken word pieces; you can find one particularly kick-ass one here.)

I just want to know if I can get autographed copies of the books! I haven't read either one yet - although I got to give away Mattilda's book in a giveaway. LOL

Soon you guys will be celebrities and my autographed copies will be worth bazillions!

Wooo! Awesome!

Have I been reading too much trans stuff lately? I was thinking the same thing about Serano when I read the list as has been previously mentioned on this thread.

Weird. I'm learning stuff.

Thanks, Bil, and congratulations to all the finalists!

Of course many of you are right that Julia's book also deserves to be a finalist, as do many others... And that's always the case, which any awards ceremony.

Rebecca, I have no idea how Nobody Passes could possibly fit into "cissexual stereotypes" -- actually it's about challenging all standards of inclusion and hierarchies of belonging. Fox News? They haven't invited me on yet, but I'll take the interview... Oh, and feel free to call me Mattilda (or Sycamore if you want to be formal, but Bernstein is my middle name).

Bil, of course I'd love to sign a copy for you -- email me and we'll figure out details.

And Alex, how could you ever read "too much trans stuff" -- the more the merrier, right?

Mattilda: I'll say right up that I haven't read the book: it didn't to my knowledge get an Australian release, and I don't have the money to be buying books off Amazon: I think the only one I've ever actually gotten to buy that didn't get a release here was Whipping Girl.

However, it's the title that bugs the crap out of me - this language plays exactly into that ignorant progressive trend of conflating the way the trans community uses the word "passing" with the way much of the rest of the community - and especially the cissexual gay community - uses the word, and devaluing our identities and lives on that basis.

Rebecca, I'm still not sure I understand your concern. I don't believe that I'm conflating different meanings of "passing." My point with Nobody Passes is to ask the question: if none of us were required to pass as anything, what devious and devastating possibilities for transformation might we create? I'm also talking about passing across all different lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, etc...

But no need to go back and forth -- if you do get a chance to browse the book in a store or library, feel free to let me know if your concerns remain.