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2021 Lambda Literary Award Winners

2021 Lambda Literary Award Winners

Created over 30 years ago to recognize the crucial role LGBTQIA+ writers play in shaping the world, the Lammys celebrate the very best in Queer literature. Here are the 2021 winners that are available on audio!

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Written in the Stars

A Novel

By Alexandria Bellefleur
Narrated by: Lauren Sweet
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

Written in the Stars

“This fake-dating, opposites-attract romance is simply perfect. A social media astrologer is set up with her new business partner’s actuary sister. While the date goes terribly, how helpful it would be for both of them to have a date for certain upcoming events. The two leads are wonderful, flawed women with their own baggage and hang-ups (hello, family drama!), and it’s a joy to watch them fall in love with each other in spite of everything.”

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You Exist Too Much

A Novel

By Zaina Arafat
Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

You Exist Too Much

“Zaina Arafat’s You Exist Too Much is one of my favorite books of the year. This debut novel blew me away. Arafat’s narrator is confident in her vulnerability; her desire to be seen and understood is visceral and uncomfortably familiar. The intoxication of unrequited love and the disconcerting feeling that can accompany settling down are recognizable, yet in Arafat’s capable hands, I was transported. This book is for anyone who has struggled to fit into society’s neat boxes, who has been frustrated when emotions don’t follow a logical path, or who has been disappointed to find that sometimes the love of others isn’t enough.”

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King and the Dragonflies

By Kacen Callender
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

King and the Dragonflies

“Kingston (King) James and his parents are grieving the loss of Khalid-- King's older brother. When Khalid was alive and the two shared a bedroom, he would talk in his sleep, telling his younger brother stories about the universe and its magic. King continues to see Khalid in his dreams, and is convinced Khalid has transformed into a dragonfly. The Louisiana bayou provides the backdrop for both a colorful landscape and a tense, fearful place where racism festers. When King's former friend, Sandy, who is white, and the son of the racist police chief, goes missing, King ends up helping hide Sandy from his abusive father. Woven seamlessly into this wise story is King's slow awakening of his sexuality, brought to the fore by his renewed friendship with Sandy, who is known to be gay. Callender's writing is so authentic and their characters are so tenderly portrayed by Ron Butler's superb narration I mourned its conclusion. The whole package is a crowning achievement.”

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

A Memoir

By Jenn Shapland
Narrated by: Jenn Shapland
Length: 5 hours 33 minutes

Winner of the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

Winner of a Lambda Literary Award

Finalist for the National Book Award

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

How do you tell the real story of someone misremembered—an icon and idol—alongside your own? Jenn Shapland’s celebrated debut is both...

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Wow, No Thank You.

Essays

By Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby.

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and... Read more »

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The Thirty Names of Night

A Novel

By Zeyn Joukhadar
Narrated by: Samy Figaredo & Lameece Issaq
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

The Thirty Names of Night

“Since the death of his ornithologist mother in a fire five years ago, Nadir, a young, closeted trans man, has lived with and cared for his grandmother. Struggling with his mother’s death and his identity, he begins a quest to validate her sighting of a rare bird, so rare that only two others have claimed to have seen it and most ornithologists deny its existence. One of the people known to have documented the bird and allegedly painted it, is a mysterious artist who disappeared many years ago, Laila Z. In his quest to find the painting, Nadir discovers a notebook kept by Laila Z, and within that notebook, he learns secrets linking her with his family before both his grandparents and Laila Z immigrated to the United States from Syria. His quest to vindicate his mother parallels his journey to better know himself and to begin to live freely and openly. In this captivating story of three generations, told by Nadir and Laila Z, Joukhadar explores the need to know oneself, to belong, to be seen and accepted and loved. ”

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I Hope You're Listening

By Tom Ryan
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

I Hope You're Listening

“Delia “Dee” Skinner is The Seeker—the host of the viral podcast Radio Silent, which harnesses the power of laptop detectives to help find missing people and bring some of them home. Despite the podcast’s success, Dee takes every step to keep her identity secret. A seventeen-year-old small town lesbian, she wasn’t always drawn to solving crimes. Her best friend, Sibby, was taken before her very eyes, and her whereabouts are still unknown. Everything Dee does is for Sibby. When a local girl goes missing ten years after Sibby’s disappearance, Dee is hesitant to take the case to Radio Silent, but allowing herself to be vulnerable might be the missing piece of the puzzle. Add this chilly, feminist thriller to your list!”

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Becoming Human

Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World

By Zakiyyah Iman Jackson
Narrated by: Diana Blue
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

Rewriting the pernicious, enduring relationship between blackness and animality in the history of Western science and philosophy, Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World breaks open the rancorous debate between black critical theory and posthumanism. Through the cultural terrain of literature by Toni Morrison, Nalo Hopkinson,... Read more »

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