Judges pull up award nominations for book by Lauren Hough

NEW YORK (AP) — Judges for a major LGBTQ literature award withdrew a planned nomination for Lauren Hough’s acclaimed essay collection, “Leaving Is Not the Hardest Thing,” as the author met with critics on Twitter with acrimonious and sometimes- Never used abusive language. He expressed admiration for the novel.

Huff was considered a Lambda Award finalist for Best Gay Memoir, one of 24 categories announced last week by the Lambda Literary Organization. But his name did not appear. In a letter sent to its publisher, Penguin Random House, shortly before the announcement and shared with the Associated Press this week, Lambda cited a series of tweets (some deleted) from earlier this month, including ” transgender critics and disturbing hostility towards transgender”. -allies” who challenged the premise of Sandra Newman’s upcoming novel “The Men”.

“We have to hold the line in communicating with each other,” Lambda co-executive director Cleopatra Jach Aquae said in a recent telephone interview. “We want people to treat each other with respect and treat each other with respect.”

Huff, who has written about the controversy at Substack, declined to comment further Wednesday.

Newman’s book, scheduled for June, envisions an all-male society in which people with the Y chromosome have disappeared. Her publisher called “The Men” “a fascinating, beautiful and unsettling novel of feminist utopias and impossible sacrifices that interrogates the dream of an ideal society.” On Twitter, Huff wrote that she had read an early copy and could hardly find words for how good it was, with an emphasis on “good”.

In screenshots seen by the Associated Press, Newman describes “The Men” on Twitter and a follower replied: “Pretty sure this Turf plot has been published four or five times already,” “Trans- Using the term “Exclusive Radical Feminist”.

Huff’s answer: “Pretty sure you don’t know what’s in a book you haven’t read.”

In another exchange, a book reviewer praised Hough for his book and noted that “revered authors” won awards after saying worse things. The critic also writes that Huff was “definitely offensive”, and regrets that “he said such things.”

“I’m not sorry I said such things,” Huff replies.

The letter from Lambda to Penguin Random House refers to “at least a few documented instances” of when Huff used his ample platform to “harmlessly engage with readers and critics – because of his excellent platform”.

Last year, Huff criticized some of the reviews she received on the social media platform Goodreads, tweeting derogatory terms about readers who gave her book four stars (out of a possible five) “for showing that they were super tough.” There are critics who need it, like, falling in love, you know? Nobody likes you anyway.”

On Substack, Huff recently wrote that Newman was an invaluable supporter when he was working on his first book, “Leaving Is Not the Hardest Thing”, and the two discussed how Newman’s novel was “a great deal of support for transgender people”. How can one recognize reality?

“Other books starting from this premise – All Men Disappear – have erased the existence of trans people, and it was important for him not to do this, to be as sensitive as possible,” Huff wrote. “So when I saw people assuming that the simple idea was the whole conspiracy, I told them to read the book before assuming the worst. That’s why I was given the name TERF.”

The news about Huff, which the author made public last weekend, continues an ongoing debate about “cancel culture” and whether Huff was unfairly punished (or “for publicity”). cancel culture”). Meanwhile, she was among the finalists announced this week for another major LGBTQ award, Triangles. A spokesman for Triangle, the publication that presented the award, said he had no plans to withdraw his nomination.

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