I wanted to share some information about The Green Carnation Prize. This might be of particular interest to those who participated in last month’s “Literary Others” reading event. I’m also working with a group of book bloggers on a “Green Carnation Project.” Essentially, we’re reading the short-listed books, talking about them, and posting our reviews – and those reviews will be going up next week!
“The Green Carnation Prize is a literary prize for any form of the written word by an LGBT writer. The prize got off to a great start in 2010 as the first award that celebrated the best fiction and memoirs by gay men. It provoked debate, produced an intriguing shortlist and chose a worthy winner in Christopher Fowler’s ‘Paperboy’. In 2011 it was followed by Catherine Hall’s ‘The Proof of Love’” (the prize also “opened itself to any LGBT author worldwide” in 2011).
About The Green Carnation Reading Project:
As many of you know, I was a panelist for this year’s LGBTQ Category of the Independent Literary Awards. One of the other panelists contacted me with the idea of reading the books that had been short-listed for the Green Carnation Prize, conversing about them, posting reviews for them, and sharing our thoughts with our readers. It sounded like a great idea to me, so I hopped board! All of the books on the short-list this year sound good to me (seriously), so I’m excited to be a part of this and to hopefully share with you all (and the readers of the other project members’ blogs) some great new books/authors!
The Project Readers:
The Short List:
Jack Holmes and his Friend – Edmund White (Read by Adam. Review Date: Dec. 3rd)
Scenes from Early Life – Philip Hensher (Read by Ana. Review Date: Dec. 4th)
A Perfectly Good Man – Patrick Gale (Read by Mat. Review Date: Dec. 5th)
Carry The One – Carol Anshaw (Read by Cass. Review Date: Dec. 6th)
Moffie – Andre Carl Van Der Merwe (Read by …. Review Date: Dec. 7th) *We are looking for someone who would be interested in reading this book in the next few days and reviewing it by December 7th or 8th. If you’re interested, please comment or e-mail me!
Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Before He Stole Me Ma – Kerry Hudson (Read by Jodie. Review Date: Dec 8th)
We are all really looking forward to discussing these books, sharing our thoughts with you all, and waiting impatiently to see who will win the prize (will we be able to predict the winner!?). Hope you all enjoy the ride! 🙂
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