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Canadian Lambda Literary Finalists 2016

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The 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–kick off another record-breaking year with today’s announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 933 submissions (up from 818 last year) from 321 publishers. Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from independent presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies. Pioneer and Trustee Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and presenters will be announced in April. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 6, 2016 in New York City. - See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/03/08/28th-annual-lambda-literary-award-finalists-announced/#sthash.0xj16qmQ.dpuf
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