TRIPTYCH Nominated for TWO Lambda Literary Awards

I think it is safe to say that I am both stunned, pleased, and freaking out JUST a little bit!

Triptych has been nominated for TWO Lammies, in the Bisexual Category and the LBGT SF/F Category! Wow! THANK YOU SO MUCH to the Lambda Award Comittee for this nomination and recognizing my work.

Thank you to Dragon Moon Press, and my editor Gabrielle Harbowy, who challenged me to send her the book when I called Triptych “the unpublishable manuscript” at a room party at Ad Astra 2009.

A BIG Congrats to my fellow nominees – I am in INCREDIBLE company on these ballots!

And now, the official press release:

Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles.  Books from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 119 finalists for the “Lammys.”  The finalists were selected from a record number of nominations.

The awards, now in their twenty-fourth year, celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2011. Winners will be announced at a Monday evening, June 4th ceremony in New York at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue) with an after-party at Slate (54 West 21st Street).

Lambda set a record in 2010 for both the number of LGBT books nominated (520) and the number of publishers participating (about 230). That record has been surpassed this year, with more than 600 titles represented from about 250 publishers.

“For three consecutive years we have broken the records for both book nominees and publishers, which is extremely heartening in a time of uncertainty for the publishing industry as a whole, and LGBT publishing, in particular,” said LLF Board of Trustees Co-Chair, David McConnell.

More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous Lammy winners and finalists, and other book professionals volunteered many hours of reading time, critical thinking, and invigorating shared discussion to select the finalists in 24 categories.

“The Lambda Literary Awards would not be possible without the time, energy, and intelligence of our volunteer judges who put countless hours of reading into selecting our finalists,” said Lambda Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “Because of their hard work, this day is a celebration of our finalists, whose outstanding books extend the fabric of our literature and enrich our community. Congratulations to these talented authors on their tremendous achievement.”

Pioneer Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and presenters will be announced the second week of April.

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony and after-party go on sale today.  For more information click here.


24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

 Lesbian Debut Fiction

The Girls Club, by Sally Bellerose, Bywater Books

Megume and the Trees, by Sarah Toshiko Hasu, Megami Press

My Sister Chaos, by Lara Fergus, Spinifex Press

Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, by Christine Stark, Modern History Press

Zipper Mouth, by Laurie Weeks, The Feminist Press at CUNY


Lesbian General Fiction

The Dirt Chronicles, by Kristyn Dunnion, Arsenal Pulp Press

The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, by Shannon Cain, University of Pittsburgh Press

Six Metres of Pavement, by Farzana Doctor, Dundurn Press

When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan, Algonquin Books

Wingshooters, by Nina Revoyr, Akashic Books


Lesbian Memoir/Biography

How to Get a Girl Pregnant, by Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Tightrope Books

Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet, by Catherine Friend, Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books

Small Fires: Essays, by Julie Marie Wade, Sarabande

Taking My Life, by Jane Rule, Talonbooks

When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution, by Jeanne Córdova, Spinsters Ink


Lesbian Mystery

Dying to Live, by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou, Bold Strokes

Hostage Moon, by AJ Quinn, Bold Strokes

Rainey Nights: A Rainey Bell Thriller, by R.E. Bradshaw, R.E. Bradshaw Books

Retirement Plan, by Martha Miller, Bold Strokes

Trick of the Dark, by Val McDermid, Bywater Books


Lesbian Poetry

15 Ways to Stay Alive, by Daphne Gottlieb, Manic D Press

Discipline, by Dawn Lundy Martin, Nightboat Books

Love Cake, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, TSAR Publications

Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry, edited by Julie R. Enszer, A Midsummer Night’s Press

The Stranger Dissolves, by Christina Hutchins, Sixteen Rivers Press


Lesbian Romance

For Me and My Gal, by Robbi McCoy, Bella Books

Ghosts of Winter, by Rebecca S. Buck, Bold Strokes

Rescue Me, by Julie Cannon, Bold Strokes

Storms, by Gerri Hill, Bella Books

Taken by Surprise, by Kenna White, Bella Books


Lesbian Erotica  

The Collectors, by Lesley Gowan, Bold Strokes

Lesbian Cops: Erotic Investigations, edited by Sacchi Green, Cleis Press

A Ride to Remember & Other Erotic Tales, by Sacchi Green, Lethe Press

Story of L, by Debra Hyde, Ravenous Romance


Gay Debut Fiction

98 Wounds, by Justin Chin, Manic D Press

Dirty One, by Michael Graves, Chelsea Station Editions

Have You Seen Me, by Katherine Scott Nelson, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

Mitko, by Garth Greenwell, Miami University Press

Quarantine: Stories, by Rahul Mehta, Harper Perennial


Gay General Fiction

The Empty Family, by Colm Tóibín, Scribner

The Great Night, by Chris Adrian, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Leche, by R. Zamora Linmark, Coffee House Press

The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst, Alfred A.Knopf

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov, by Paul Russell, Cleis Press


Gay Memoir/Biography

Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, by Michael Schiavi, University of Wisconsin Press

For the Ferryman: A Personal History, by Charles Silverstein, Chelsea Station Editions

Halsted Plays Himself, by William E. Jones, Semiotext(e)

If You Knew Then What I Know Now, by Ryan Van Meter, Sarabande Books

The Jack Bank:  A Memoir of a South African Childhood, by Glen Retief, St. Martin’s Press


Gay Mystery

The Affair of the Porcelain Dog, by Jess Faraday, Bold Strokes

Blue’s Bayou, by David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing

Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries, by Marshall Thornton, Torquere Press   

Malabarista, by Garry Ryan, NeWest Press

Red White Black and Blue, by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press


Gay Poetry

Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems, by David Trinidad, Turtle Point Press

Double Shadow: Poems, by Carl Phillips, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, edited by David Trinidad, Nightboat Books

Kintsugi, by Thomas Meyer, Flood Editions

The Other Poems, by Paul Legault, Fence Books


Gay Romance

Every Time I Think of You, by Jim Provenzano, CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press

Settling the Score, by Eden Winters, Torquere Press

Something Like Summer, by Jay Bell, Jay Bell Books

Split, by Mel Bossa, Bold Strokes

Tinseltown, by Barry Brennessel, MLR Press


Gay Erotica

All Together, by Dirk Vanden, iloveyoudivine Alerotica

Backwoods, by Natty Soltesz, Rebel Satori Press

Best Gay Erotica 2012, edited by Richard Labonte, Cleis Press

George Platt Lynes: The Male Nudes, edited by Steven Haas, Rizzoli New York

History’s Passions: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, edited by Richard Labonte, Bold Strokes


Transgender Fiction

The Book of Broken Hymns, by Rafe Posey, Flying Rabbit

The Butterfly and the Flame, by  Dana De Young, iUniverse

I am J, by Cris Beam, Little, Brown Books for Children

Static, by L.A. Witt, Amber Allure/Amber Quill Press

Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormina, Cleis Press


Transgender Nonfiction

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, AK Press

Letters For My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect, edited by Megan M. Rohrer and Zander Keig, Wilgefortis Press

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, by Dean Spade, South End Press

Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past, by Peter Boag, University of California Press

Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, by Justin Vivian Bond, The Feminist Press at CUNY


Bisexual Fiction

Boyfriends With Girlfriends, by Alex Sanchez, Simon & Schuster

The Correspondence Artist, by Barbara Browning, Two Dollar Radio

Have You Seen Me, by Katherine Scott Nelson, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

Triptych, by J.M. Frey, Dragon Moon Press

The Two Krishnas, by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, Magnus Books


Bisexual Nonfiction

Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir, by Susie Bright, Seal Press

Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges, edited by Jonathan Alexander & Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, Routledge

The Horizontal Poet, by Jan Steckel, Zeitgeist Press

Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, edited by Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti, University of Arizona Press

Surviving Steven: A True Story, by Ven Rey, Ven Rey


LGBT Anthology

Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, edited by Lazaro Lima & Felice Picano, University of Wisconsin Press

The Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries, edited by Mark Thompson, White Crane Books/Lethe Press

Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, edited by Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martínez, Duke University Press

Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, edited by Ivan E. Coyote & Zena Sharman, Arsenal Pulp Press

Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, edited by Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti, University of Arizona Press


LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

Gemini Bites, by Patrick Ryan, Scholastic

Huntress, by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

I am J, by Cris Beam, Little, Brown Books for Children

PINK, by Lili Wilkinson, HarperCollins

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy, by Bil Wright, Simon & Schuster


LGBT Drama

Letters to the End of the World, by Anton Dudley, Playscripts, Inc.

A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw, by Peggy Shaw, University of Michigan Press

Secrets of the Trade, by Jonathan Tolins, Samuel French, Inc.

The Temperamentals, by Jon Marans, Chelsea Station Editions

The Zero Hour, by Madeleine George, Samuel French, Inc.


LGBT Nonfiction

Gay in America: Portraits by Scott Pasfield, by Scott Pasfield, Welcome Books

God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality, by Jay Michaelson, Beacon Press

The H.D. Book, by Robert Duncan, University of California Press

A Queer History of the United States, by Michael Bronski, Beacon Press

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, by Wanda M. Corn and Tirza True Latimer, University of California Press



The German, by Lee Thomas, Lethe Press

Paradise Tales: and Other Stories, by Geoff Ryman, Small Beer Press

Static, by L.A. Witt, Amber Allure/Amber Quill Press

Steam-powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft, Torquere Press

Triptych, by J.M. Frey, Dragon Moon Press


LGBT Studies

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, AK Press

Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State, by Chandan Reddy, Duke University Press

Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes, by Lisa L. Moore, University of Minnesota Press

Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality, by Margot Weiss, Duke University Press

¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba, by Jafari S. Allen, Duke University Press

24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Host Committee

David McConnell – Co-Chair

Don Weise – Co-Chair

S. Chris Shirley – Co-Chair

Charles Rice-Gonzalez – Ceremony Director

Jamie Brickhouse – Publicity Chair

Brad Boles


Mario Lopez-Cordero

David Gale

James Hannaham

Wayne Hoffman

Michele Karlsberg

Dean Klinger

Jay Moore

Dan Manjovi

Bill Miller

Heather O’Neill

Pauline Park

Lori Perkins

Jay Plum

Melanie La Rosa

Patrick Ryan

Eddie Sarfaty

Liz Scheier

Bob Smith

Linda Villarosa

Warren Wilson

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Triptych up for a CBC Bookie

Good morning!

Oh, WOW. I just learned that TRIPTYCH has been nominated for a CBC Bookie award. Thank you!




About the Bookies:

Last year, CBC Books introduced the CBC Bookie Awards, the “people’s choice” of Canadian literary awards. Readers across the country cast their votes for their favourite science fiction, mystery books, graphic novels, literary fiction, short story collections and more. It’s one year later, and the Bookies are back and bigger than ever!

The finalists were chosen by CBC’s book-loving producers at CBC Books, Canada Reads, Writers & Company, The Next Chapter and more, with consideration given to your recommendations online. The finalists represent our favourite Canadian reads (with the exception of the two new International categories) published between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011.

This is a Reader’s Choice award, so it means a lot of people had to have told the CBC about TRIPTYCH. I cannot express how touched that makes me, and how pleased I am that people considered my novel worth nominating.

I think it’s absolutely brilliant that a small press from Alberta has a book on a major Canada-wide award poll. Please, share this webpage, and vote for your favourite books of 2011, no matter which ones they are. Show the world how much we Canadians support our authors.

You can vote once per day, every day up until March 31st at Midnight.

Cast your votes here.

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Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011 in SF/F/Hr

Wow. WOW.

My friends, “Triptych” is on a list.

And not just any list. “Triptych” has been named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2011 in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

Rose Fox says:

Triptych by J.M. Frey — This book has aliens, time travel, queer polyamorous romance that feels absolutely real, loss and grief and soldiering on, languages, family… in short, it was written for me. I haven’t felt this loved and acknowledged by a book in a very long time.

You’re very welcome, Rose Fox. I wrote the book for the exact same reason.

Congratulations to my fellow listees:

Maureen McHugh’s collection After the Apocalypse
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Unpossible by Daryl Gregory
Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Vol. 1 by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Erekos by A.M. Tuomala

Rose Fox also adds:

Those paying attention will note that six out of six of these titles were put out by ambitious, daring small outfits. I hope a lot of people are paying attention. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Small Beer, Angry Robot, Dragon Moon, Fairwood, Subterranean, and Candlemark & Gleam for taking chances on these extraordinary books.

I could not agree more! The small press scene is amazing, and it is incredible to see the challenges they face and the way they rise to meet them, the chances they’re willing to take, and the courage they have to forge forward and drag genre into a fantastic and frighteningly new future. There are big things on the horizon, folks.

So, thank you to Rose Fox for choosing the book. Thank you to Publishers Weekly for the fine review. Thank you to Gwen Gaddes and Dragon Moon Press for taking a chance on my weird , cross-genre grief-filled little book. Thank you to Gabrielle Harbowy for championing the book the DMP, and forcing me to make the hard choices during revisions.

Thank you to Evan J. Gregory for not letting me rest on my laurels.

Thank you to the Miss Snark’s First Victim community and Authoress Anonymous for all their great feedback and advice. Thank you to my many beta readers, whose names I would never be able to list here in their entirety, but include Stephanie, Ken, Jay, Michelle, Chris, and Karen (a LOT of people read the book over the four years I was working on it). Thank you to Silverthought Press, who bought the novella that Triptych evolved out of. Thank you to Helen and Liz, my NaNoWriMo buddies the year that said novella was born. Thank you to my parents and brothers for always being supportive of my creative urges. Thank you to the friends, family, and fans who came out to the launch part at Ad Astra 2011.

And most of all my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has reviewed, supported, and bought a copy of Triptych. Thank you to Ad Astra, Polaris, CAN*CON, FanExpo, Canadian National Steampunk Expo, FutureCon, and SFContario for inviting me to pimp my work at your conventions. Thank you to the book bloggers, the teacher librarians, the students writing book reports. Thank you to the fans at conventions, the cosplayers, the Steampunk Society, the people who come to my panels and listen to my podcasts. Thank you to the people who read my blog, follow me on Twitter, and friend me on Facebook. Thank you to my tireless online cheerleaders (Leah Petersen and Liana K. being the unofficial co-captains). Thank you to Irith, for being my unofficial marketing coach, happy to accept dinner in payment for her precious gems of advice. Thank you especially fellow authors whom I count among my friends, whether I know you in person, through conventions, or only through a computer screen.

Thank you, everyone, for falling as in love with Kalp as I am. And for cheering with him. And mourning with him. And mourning for him.

Thank YOU.


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Words for Writers: The Balance Between Science-telling and Story-telling

The first of a series of guest posts I will be doing over at AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, is up.

In this post, I talk about the division among fans between Hard and Soft SF and ask why we all can’t just get along.

Read it here.


For more posts on the business and craft of writing, search my Words for Writers tag.

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Polaris 2011 – Schedule for JM Frey

For those of you hoping to catch me at Polaris 2011, my anticipated schedule is this:

Early Afternoon-  help Erik Buchanan and Marie Bilodeau set up Dragon Moon Press table, sit at DMP table for a bit and/or do media interviews
7pm – Meet the Pros Party
8pm – Blast Off Party

Reading – 10am, President’s Board Room- (I was told this time might change)
Signing – 11am, Richmond Room – (I was told this time might change)
Panel – 12pm, Newmarket Room – The Line Between Fiction and FANfiction
Panel – 3pm, Gormley Room – Internet Fandom and Its Impact
Panel – 4pm, Gormley Room – Costuming vs. Cosplay (Moderator)
Constellation Awards – Presenting the Award for Best SciFi TV Series with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee of (among other things) “Almost Heros” – Ceremony at 7:30pm
Media Scrum – 9pm outside of Ball Room
Constellation Awards After Party – 9:30pm~

Z’aarx Charity auction – 9am (Maybe!)
Champagne Brunch for WHEN THE HERO COMES HOME Launch – reading & signing – 11am-1pm, Ten Forward (Suite 1080)

Feel free to stop me in the halls if you see me, as well, and don’t be shy at the parties!  I will be the redhead with the camera crew following her all weekend. 😀

Presenting at the Constellation Awards in 2010 - telling Martin Gero to call me so we can chat about a "Triptych" based miniseries. Still waiting for that call...

JM FreyPolaris 2011 – Schedule for JM Frey
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