Under Consideration June 2022

By Katelin Deushane  

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander

A high-strung pastry chef’s professional goals are interrupted by an unexpected career transition and the introduction of her wildly attractive nonbinary kitchen manager in this deliciously fresh and witty queer rom-com.

Eleutheria by Allegra Hyde

Allegra Hyde’s seductive first novel tackles the big stuff of climate change and the more intimate matter of heartbreak with grace. Indeed, Eleutheria bravely braids these together, the story of a lost soul moving through the world we’re rapidly losing.

Gods Children are Broken Little Things by Arinze Ifeakandu

A man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn’t understand then. A young musician rises to fame at the price of pieces of himself, and the man who loves him. Arinze Ifeakandu explores with tenderness and grace the fundamental question of the heart: can deep love and hope be sustained in spite of the dominant expectations of society, and great adversity.

My Volcano by John Elizabeth Stintzi

My Volcano is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a menagerie of characters, as they each undergo personal eruptions, while the Earth itself is constantly shifting. Parable, myth, science-fiction, eco-horror, My Volcano is a radical work of literary art, emerging as a subversive, intoxicating artistic statement by John Elizabeth Stintzi.

Sedating Elaine by Dawn Winter

An exuberant dark comedy about love, grief, sex, guilt, and one woman’s harebrained scheme to tranquilize her voraciously amorous girlfriend for a few days so that she might pay off her drug dealer, make soup, and finally get some peace and quiet.

Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde

In the bustling streets and cloistered homes of Lagos, a cast of vivid characters—some haunted, some defiant—navigate danger, demons, and love in a quest to lead true lives.

Vera Kelly Lost and Found by Rosalie Knecht

Everyone’s favourite sleuth – Vera Kelly – is back and put to the test as she searches for her missing girlfriend.

Nonfiction

Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility By Michelle Tea

From PEN/America Award winner, 2021 Guggenheim fellow, and beloved literary and tarot icon Michelle Tea, the hilarious, powerfully written, taboo-breaking story of her journey to pregnancy and motherhood as a 40 year-old, queer, uninsured woman.

Queer Conception: The Complete Fertility Guide for Queer and Trans Parents-To-Be By Kristin Liam Kali

The only evidence-based, up-to-date fertility guide for queer people from an experienced health care provider, this is also the first to be transgender inclusive and body-positive. 

Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders By Kathryn Miles

 A riveting deep dive into the unsolved murder of two free-spirited young women in the wilderness, a journalists’ obsession—and a new theory of who might have done it.

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