Awards: Lambda Literary; Wellcome; Republic of Consciousness

Finalists for the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards, which "celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer writing for books published in 2016," have been chosen in 23 categories. The complete list of finalists can be viewed here. Winners will be announced June 12 at the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony in New York City.


A shortlist of four nonfiction and two fiction titles was released for the £30,000 (about $36,610) Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates books that "engage with the topics of health and medicine and the many ways they touch our lives." The winner will be announced April 24. This year's shortlisted titles are:

How to Survive a Plague by David France
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Jessica Moore
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong


Fitzcarraldo Editions won the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize for small presses for Counternarratives by John Keene, a "once in a generation achievement for short form fiction," the Bookseller reported. The £3,000 (about $3,650) award, which gives two-thirds to the press and one third to the author, is meant to support literary fiction and the publishers who are "willing to take risks."

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Tramp Press) and Martin John by Anakana Schofield (And Other Stories) were the runners up and will receive £1,000 (about $1,220) each. The £1,000 RofC Special Award for Best First Book went to Galley Beggar Press for Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge.

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