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Hasan Namir's debut novel God in Pink among 2016 Lambda Literary Award winners

The Canadian author's "Lammy"-winning novel tells the story of a queer, closeted Muslim man in Iraq.
Hasan Namir (Hasan Namir)

Canadian author Hasan Namir is among the winners of the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards, which honour the best literature by LGBT authors. His debut novel, God in Pink, took the prize in the Gay Fiction category.

God in Pink tells the story of Ramy, a closeted university student in war-torn Iraq in 2003, who struggles to balance his sexuality, religion and culture as a queer Muslim against a violent backdrop. Namir was born in Iraq in 1987. He immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 11.

Two other Canadians picked up wins at Monday night's awards. Sfé R. Monster won the LGBT Anthology - Fiction category as one of the editors of Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, and Miodrag Kojadinović won the Gay Erotica category for Érotiques Suprèmes. There were 11 Canadian finalists for the 2016 awards.

View the full list of Lambda Literary Prize winners here.

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