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Téa Mutonji and Kai Cheng Thom among winners of 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards for LGBTQ literature

The two Canadians were among seven winners for their books Shut Up You're Pretty and I Hope We Choose Love. The awards, each worth $1,000, annually honour the best in LGBTQ literature.
Téa Mutonji and Kai Cheng Thom are two of the winners of the 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards. (Sandro Pehar, Rachel Woroner)

Canadian writers Téa Mutonji and Kai Cheng Thom are among the seven winners of the 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards, with their books Shut Up You're Pretty and I Hope We Choose Love, respectively.

The Publishing Triangle Awards, worth $1,000, annually honour the best in LGBTQ literature.

Winners were honoured across seven categories, including lesbian nonfiction, gay nonfiction, lesbian poetry, gay poetry, LGBTQ fiction, debut fiction and trans and gender-variant literature.

Mutonji's debut short story collection Shut Up You're Pretty received the Edmund White Award for debut fiction. The stories in the collection explore narratives of young women coming of age in the 21st century, dealing with themes of race, class, sexuality, migration and femininity.

Thom's I Hope We Choose Love, which combines poetry and essays, won the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. The book examines the ways we deal with trauma, abuse, activism, transphobia and racism.

The 32nd annual Triangle Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for April 30, was cancelled in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The winners were announced online.

See the full list of winners below.

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