The 2020 Publishing Triangle award winners

Seira Wilson on May 01, 2020

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Honoring LGBTQ authors and books with LGBTQ themes, the Publishing Triangle, an association of LGBTQ people in publishing that was founded in 1988, has announced the winners of their annual best books prizes. The categories include nonfiction, fiction, trans and gender-variant literature, and poetry. 

In addition to the best books prizes, there is also a lifetime achievement award, an emerging-writer award, and an award for leadership given to a book industry figure who is not a writer. 

Below are some of the 2020 winners, congratulations to all!

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Winner: The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction

A highly acclaimed novel that is a letter from a young man in his twenties to his Vietnamese mother who cannot read.  A beautiful, poetic, exploration of belonging, the aftermath of trauma, and the solace of stories. 

Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Winner: The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Mutonji's debut story collection contemplates feminism and identity as both choice and imposition. The women in Mutonji's stories are carefully crafted, and as each of their moments layers onto the next, the result is a rich and faceted observation of a woman's search for understanding. 

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones

Winner: The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

The winner of multiple awards, Jones' memoir is told in a series of vignettes that are the coming-of-age story of a young, gay, Black man in the South, finding—and fighting for—his place in the world. A powerful and exquisitely written memoir that asks deeper questions of power, race, vulnerability, and love.


The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction has two winners this year:

In the Dream House: A Memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado: A riveting memoir of Machado's experience in an abusive relationship. 

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals, by Saidiya Hartman: Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Hartman shines light on the forgotten history of Black female inmates who shaped a movement.

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