The judges have announced the Green Carnation Prize Shortlist 2011:
- The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge – Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
- The Proof of Love – Catherine Hall (Portobello)
- Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay (Picador)
- Remembrance of Things I Forgot – Bob Smith (Terrace Books)
- Ever Fallen in Love – Zoe Strachan (Sandstone Press)
- The Empty Family – Colm Toibin (Penguin Books)
Half a dozen books, a good mix of novel, short story, and memoir. Four written by women, two by men. But all but one–as far as I can tell–primarily about men (despite the jacket art). The exception is Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road.
When the longlist was announced I downloaded sample chapters from several of them and skimmed, but I haven’t read any of the short listed books all the way through. Which is why I’m not absolutely certain of my about-men/about-women ratio. But I’ve talked often enough about literary prizes and girl cooties. I would love to be horribly wrong about this, especially for an LGBT prize.
ETA: One of the judges this year, Stella Duffy, corrects me in the comments below. Do go read her remarks.