The Polari First Book Prize short list was announced this week.
Now in its fifth year, the Prize celebrates the very best debut books that explore the LGBT experience, whether through poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. The shortlist – traditionally comprising five titles, but this year stretched to six due to the strength of submissions – showcases the breadth of rich and diverse LGBT literary talent today.
Polari First Book Prize 2015 shortlist:
Straight Expectations by Julie Bindel (Guardian Books)
The Gift of Looking Closely by Al Brookes (Self-published)
Everything Must Go by LaJohn Joseph (ITNA Press)
The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan (Salt)
Self-portrait with The Happiness by David Tait (Smith/Doorstop books)
The Informant by Susan Wilkins (Pan)
The six shortlisted titles – three novels (The Gift of Looking Closely, Everything Must Go, and The Informant), one short story collection (The Rental Heart), one political polemic (Straight Expectations), and one poetry collection (Self-portrait with The Happiness) – capture a vivid range of perspectives, all with a bold and inspiring LGBT narrative. With authors from all over the country, it brings to light some of the most exciting and varied new voices in contemporary writing, making it one of the year’s most representative literary prize lists.
The winner will be announced Monday, 5 October.
[From the Polari press release]
If you’ve read any of the above books I’d love to hear what you thought of them.
The Man Booker Short List was also announced this week with A Little Life making it to the final round. The winner will be announced on 13 October. On 12 October all the authors from the short list will read from their books at the Southbank Centre.
The 2015 shortlist of six novels is:
Author (nationality) Title
Marlon James (Jamaica) A Brief History of Seven Killings
Tom McCarthy (UK) Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) The Fishermen
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) The Year of the Runaways
Anne Tyler (US) A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (US) A Little Life