2009 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Awards

I just discovered Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice today, but they have just announced their winners, chosen from 64 books nominated by members. Because they require you to join their Yahoo group to see the choices, I’ll just copy them here.

Have you read any of their picks? What did you think of them?

In other lesbian book awards news, Autostraddle has a post about which Lambda Literary Awards 2010 nominees they’re most looking forward to called: 12 Queer Books You’ll Love.

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Do we need a Happily Ever After?

Kissed by Venus has an interesting post about the over-representation of the romance genre in lesbian fiction, and about the domination of the Happily Ever After ending in lesbian fiction.

What do you look for in lesbian fiction? Do you need a happy ending?

What makes something a lesbian book? How much lesbian content does it need?

Is there something to be said for happy endings when not long ago all queer books were required to end unhappily?

T.S. Eliot, Lesbian Fiction Fan?

Sorry about not posting in a while, I’ll be putting up a review later today, but first I wanted to share an article I just stumbled upon.

In  my high school Lit class, I used to amuse myself by finding or inventing gay and lesbian subtext in everything we read. My best friend and I interpreted T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” as a gay love story. I still can’t read it any other way. Now, years later, I just read an article about Eliot’s connection to lesbian literature.

Apparently, Eliot fought hard to get the lesbian classic Nightwood published, even when no other publisher would touch it for the “obscene” content. Here’s the article.

What do you think of Eliot, usually depicted as quite grim and conservative, being shown to have been this radical promoter of lesbian fiction?