Murder Under the Fig Tree Is a Lambda Finalist

LammySeal-large-800x808Great news!

Murder Under the Fig Tree has been selected as one of eight finalists in lesbian mystery for the Lammy, or Lambda Literary Award, given annually by the nation’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature. The finalists were chosen from nearly 1,000 submissions and over 300 publishers. Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from independent presses, from both long-established and new LGBTQ publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies. Previous winners include Victoria Brownworth, Katherine Forrest and Jessica L. Webb.

Winners will be announced at a gala in June in New York City.

Lambda finalists (including me) will be reading on Tuesday, April 24 at the San Francisco Main Library at 6:00 pm (reception at 5:30).  Hope you can join us!

Breaking news: Murder Under the Fig Tree is also a finalist for the 2017 Foreword INDIES, the awards given annually by the respected journal, Foreword Reviews.  Fig Tree is a nominee in both Mystery and Multicultural Fiction. Foreword INDIES winners will also be announced in June.

As I explored previously, it’s unclear whether awards have an effect on sales or not, but it is really nice to be recognized and definitely helps me get motivated to get to work on Book 3.

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About Kate Jessica Raphael

I have been fighting the power for 30 years, with limited success but a lot of passion and fun. From 2002-2005 I spent a lot of time living in Palestine working with a women's peace group, and while there got the idea for a murder mystery. So I set up this site to serialize this novel and its sequel, which I've been working on ever since I was deported in 2005.
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