"As you can imagine, I'm very pleased by the nominations," Russell said by email this week and on the very day he found out that his novel was also a finalist for ForeWord's Book of the Year Award in the lesbian/gay fiction category. ForeWord, a trade journal for librarians and booksellers that recognizes titles of excellence from independent publishers, will announce this year's book-of-the-year winners at the American Library Association's annual conference in June.
"Nice to see that having gone with a small press like Cleis didn't mean that my book got completely ignored," Russell added. "I think more and more literary fiction will appear from such presses in the future. But then, Ulysses first appeared in The Little Review, so how much really has changed?"