2010 was a boom year for bisexual books, with 34 bisexual books published,* 32 of which were nominated for the bisexual Lammy Awards, in the Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Nonfiction categories. Compare these numbers to 2006, when 11 books were nominated to one catch-all Bisexual category. We’ve come a long way baby!
2006 was the first year the Lammy Awards created an award category for bisexual books (after 18 years without one), in response to heavy lobbying from then newly formed Bi Writers Association, and BiNet USA. In five years, we have tripled the number of bisexual books nominated and doubled the number of categories they can be nominated to. As founder of the Bi Writers Association, I am very proud of what has been accomplished.
I’ve already read a few of the books from the list below and what I’ve seen is very exciting! A sexy, bisexual version of Pride and Prejudice, which according to Pride/Prejudice author Ann Herendeen, brings out the hidden bisexuality only hinted at in the original text. The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet turns the legend of Shakespeare on it’s ear with an alternative story of how Hamlet and his love sonnets came to be written, featuring a main character torn between two loves of different genders. If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous features a young woman who moves to small town Japan with her girlfriend to spend a year teaching English to school children. Although hiding their socially taboo relationship, they get in trouble for failing the very strict garbage recycling rules of the community. Krakow Melt by Daniel Allen Cox, is a queer, edgy novel about an artist/arsonist who specializes in setting his elaborate sculptures on fire, lives in Krakow and practices the French discipline of parkour, while falling in love with someone of a gender he never expected. The Great Lover by Jill Dawson novelizes the sexual, romantic and creative struggles of real English poet Rupert Brooke, known as “the handsomest man in England,” and celebrated for his idealistic war sonnets written during WWI while serving with the Royal Navy.
Below is the list of 21 bisexual fiction books published in 2010.* I have not yet read the entire list, but the ones I’ve loved so far are indicated below. The first 19, listed alphbetically by title, were nominated for the Bisexual Fiction Lammy.
2010 BISEXUAL FICTION
1. Alcestis, by Katharine Beutner, SohoPress 2. Beleaguered Oases, by Ann Tweedy, TcCreativePress 3. Cut Hand, by Mark Wildyr, STARbooks 4. Doublecrossed, by Susan X. Meagher, Brisk Press 5. Fall Asleep Forgetting, by Georgeann Packard, The Permanent Press 6. Freak Parade, by Marilyn Jaye Lewis, lulu.com 7. The Great Lover, by Jill Dawson, Harper Perennial -recommended! 8. If You Follow Me, by Malena Watrous, Harper Perennial -recommended! 9. Imperial Bedrooms, by Bret EastonEllis, Alfred A. Knopf 10. KrakowMelt, by Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press -recommended! 11. The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet, by Myrlin A. Hermes, Harper Perennial -recommended! 12. The Mammoth Book of Threesomes and Moresomes: 36 Erotic Stories of Lovers Who Want More, edited by Linda Alvarez, Running Press 13. The Mikvah Queen, by Jennifer Fink, Rebel Satori Press 14. Pride/Prejudice, by Ann Herendeen, Harper Perennial -recommended! 15. Outies, by J.E. Pournelle, New Brookland Press (e-book only—may not be Lammy eligible) 16. The Petting Zoo, by Jim Carroll, Viking 17. Sorceress, by Greg Herren, Tiny Satchel Press 18. Spanking New, by Clifford Henderson, Bold Strokes Books 19. Zorn: A Legend of the Days to Come, by Graham Worthington, Angry Orchid Productions 20. Naamah’s Curse, by Jacqueline Carey, Grand Central Publishing 21. The End: Five Queer Kids Save the World, by Nora Olsen, Prizm Books
A list of the Bisexual Nonfiction Books of 2010 will follow soon.
* These are the 2010 bisexual books that we know of. More may come to light over time. If someone has written a bi-themed book or book with bisexual characters, but not notified the Bi Writers Association or the Lambda Literary Awards, we may not know about it.
AHAHA THEY HIDE THEIR GIRL-ON-GIRL SEX BUT GET IN TROUBLE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T DO THE GARBAGE PROPERLY, HAHA, JAPAN. ;_;
But seriously, I really want to read the Japan one, the Pride/Prejudice one, and the Shakespeare one.
One woman’s account of everyone she’s had sex with (so far).
1. I’m obsessed with this Thought Catalog website right now.
2. Between this and the Duke Fuck List powerpoint (which I read and enjoyed in its entirety, at least, as much of it as I could find online), I’ve been reading a lot of accounts-of-my-sexual-experiences type lists. Definitely healthier than reading fanfiction, at least.
3. Part of the interest is that I can’t imagine I’ll ever have sex with that many people, let alone have complex rankings and deep thoughts on each encounter, but I guess I used to think the same way about a lot of things. I used to think I’d never enjoy touching people and that kissing would always be a little dull but now, you know, I love doing both and probably could give you a pretty thorough account of everyone I’ve ever made out with.
4. This girl should probably be using condoms more than she does. She is lucky she doesn’t have AIDS or children.
5. I’m too sick to structure thoughts into a post with paragraphs, hence all the numbered lists.
“Don’t date a girl who reads because girls who read are the storytellers. You with the Joyce, you with the Nabokov, you with the Woolf. You there in the library, on the platform of the metro, you in the corner of the café, you in the window of your room. You, who make my life so god damned difficult. The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that her narratives are rich, her supporting cast colorful, and her typeface bold. You, the girl who reads, make me want to be everything that I am not. But I am weak and I will fail you, because you have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better than I am. You will not accept the life that I told of at the beginning of this piece. You will accept nothing less than passion, and perfection, and a life worthy of being storied. So out with you, girl who reads. Take the next southbound train and take your Hemingway with you. I hate you. I really, really, really hate you.”