Local historian, author, and archivist for the CofC’s Avery Research Center Harlan Greene has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 18th annual Lambda Literary Awards for his 2005 historical novel The German Officer’s Boy. He shares his nomination category — Gay Men’s Fiction — with Faith for Beginners by Aaron Hamburger, What We Do is Secret by Kief Hillsbery, The Sluts by Dennis Cooper, and Acqua Calda by Keith McDermott. Each year, the Lambda Literary Foundation celebrates achievements in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature for books published the previous year; the Lambda Awards are widely considered to be the highest accolade for a book from the LGBT community.

It’s actually the second time Greene’s been nominated for the award; the last time was in 1992, when he won the category for his novel What the Dead Remember, about coming of age as a homosexual in the South, leaving, and returning in the AIDS-afflicted ’80s. The German Officer’s Boy (reviewed in this paper Oct. 26, 2005) is loosely but imaginatively based on the life of Herschel Grynszpan, the teenaged Jew whose Nov. 1938 attack on the German embassy in Paris offered a convenient excuse for the Nazi party’s infamous incendiary retaliation on Kristallnacht. Green’s story explores the historical hunch that Grynszpan’s motive was not an act of Jewish patriotism but vengeful closure to a forbidden love affair.

Greene will discover whether he’s won for a second time on Thursday, at a ceremony prior to the BookExpo America Convention in Washington, D.C., when judges will announce the winners in the 20 categories. Viel Glück, Harlan. — Patrick Sharbaugh


The Office of Cultural Affairs has announced a call for entries for Piccolo Spoleto’s 22nd annual Juried Art Exhibition, which runs from May 26-June 9 in the Charleston Vistors Center. Coordinated by the Charleston Artists Guild and sponsored by the OCA, the exhibition is open to all South Carolina residents. The deadline for submissions is Thurs. April 27 at 5 p.m., and artists selected to participate in the exhibition will be notified by May 10. The exhibition is open to fine artworks in any medium, though craft work, such as jewelry, is not eligible for entry. Submitted works must have been produced within the last two years and not previously exhibited at the Piccolo Spoleto or MOJA Arts Festivals, the City Gallery at the Dock Theatre or the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Artworks will be judged and selected by a three-person panel of judges: Elizabeth Bronson (painting), Jack Alterman (photography), and Tom Durham (sculpture). Get more info at 724-7305. —PS