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FIRECRACKER ALTERNATIVE BOOK AWARDS

Firecracker Alternative Book Award Winners

The Firecracker Alternative Book Awards (FABs) were started in 1996 by book industry professionals to celebrate and publicize the best in alternative publishing.

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Art/Photo  1997  1998  1999  2000
Drugs  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Fiction  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Graphic Novel  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Kids    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Music    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Nonfiction    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Outstanding Independent Press of the Year    1996  1997  1998  1999
Poetry    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Politics    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Self Improvement    1999
Sex    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
Zine    1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
 
2000
Art/Photo 2000
From Girls to Grrrlz : A History of Women's Comics from Teens to Zines by Trina Robbins
Drugs 2000
High Times Presents Paul Krassner's Pot Stories for the Soul compiled by Paul Krassner
Fiction 2000
Po Man's Child by Marci Blackman
Graphic Novel 2000
My New York Diary by Julie Doucet
Kids 2000
The Story of Colors/La Historia de los Colores: A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Chiapas by Subcomandante Marcos and translated by Anne Bar Din
Music 2000
Fucked Up + Photocopied: Instant Art of the Punk Rock Movement edited by Bryan Ray Turcotte and E Bryan R. Turcott
Nonfiction 2000
The Future of History by Howard Zinn and David Barsamian
Poetry 2000
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry edited by Alan Kaufman and S.A. Griffin
Politics 2000
No More Prisons by William Upski Wimsatt
Sex 2000
I was a Teenage Dominatrix by Shawna Kenney
Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 2000

Books about Gap-Toothed Deceased Female Cartoonists with Smelly Dogs
Dori Stories by Dori Seda

Best Propaganda Video Guide
Mental Hygiene : Classroom Films 1945-1970 by Ken Smith

1999
Art/Photo 1999
The Beauty of Fetish by Steve Diet Goedde
Drugs 1999
Steven Cerio's ABC Book: A Drug Primer by Steven Cerio
Fiction 1999
Graphic Novel 1999
Street Posters & Ballads by Eric Drooker
Kids 1999
Facetasm: A Creepy Mix & Match Book of Gross Face Mutations by Charles Burns and Gary Panter
Music 1999
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Didrik Sderlind
Nonfiction 1999
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1999
Cleis Press
Poetry 1999
Burning in Paradise by Michael Madsen
Politics 1999
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb
Self Improvement 1999
My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein
Sex 1999
Maurice Vellekoop's ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer by Maurice Vellekoop
Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1999

Maybe Mr. Falwell Was Right
Teletubbies: Dancing with the Skirt edited by Andrew Davenport

Maybe the NEA Was Wrong
The Story of Colors/La Historia de los Colores: A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Chiapas by Subcomandante Marcos, Anne Bar Din (Translator), Domitilia Dominguez (Illustrator)

Zine 1999
The Fish Tank published by Teresa Cooper and Lisa Zale

1998
Art/Photo 1998
Devil Babe's Big Book of Fun, edited by Isabel Samaras--Winner!
The Art of the Fillmore by Gayle Lemke
Dirty Boulevard by Tony Fitzpatrick
Drugs 1998
The Joint Rolling Handbook, edited by Richard Kemplay
Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts by Lynn Zimmer and John P. Morgan
Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn, et al.
Fiction 1998
In Awe by Scott Heim--Winner!
The Drag Queen of Elfland by Lawrence Schimel
Henry Rollins: The First Five by Henry Rollins
Graphic Novel 1998
Minimum Wage: Book 2-- The Tales of Hoffman by Bob Fingerman--Winner!
Dear Julia by Brian Briggs
Ghost World by Dan Clowes
Kids 1998
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, edited by Javaka Steptoe--Winner!
Open Me ... I'm a Dog! by Art Spiegelman
Changing the Game: the Inside Stories of Tennis Champions Alice Marble and Althea Gibson by Sue Davidson
Music 1998
Monk, edited by Laurent de Wilde--Winner!
All Ages: Reflections on Straight Edge by Beth Lahickey
Janis Joplin: a Performance Diary, edited by David Dalton and John Cooke
Nonfiction 1998
Ono Ono Girl's Hula by Carolyn Lei-Lanilau--Winner!
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by John Lee Anderson
Not Wet Yet by Ian Shoales
Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1998
2.13.61 Publications--Winner!
Manic D Press
Seal Press
Poetry 1998
Queer Dog: Homo Pup Poetry, edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg --Winner!
Bite Hard by Justin Chin
Voodoo and Doll Shoes by John Gurney
Politics 1998
The Zinn Reader by Howard Zinn --Winner!
20 Years of Censored News by Carl Jensen
Censored 1998: The News That Didn't Make the News--The Year's Top 25 Censored News Stories by Peter Phillips
Sex 1998
The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women by Tristan Taormino--Winner!
PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality, edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel
Sex, American Style: An Illustrated Romp Through the Golden Age of Heterosexuality by Jack Boulware
Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1998

Best Distraction from the E. Coli Blues:
Red Meat by Max Cannon

I Always Knew Kirk & Spock Were Lovers!

NASA/Trek: Popular Science and Sex in America by Constance Penley

'If I Didn't Do This I'd Kill People!'

Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman by Joe Coleman

Zine 1998
The Onion--Winner!
Black Sheets
Bust

1997
Art/Photo 1997
Nothing But the Girl, edited by Susie Bright and Jill Posener--Winner!
Body Alchemy by Loren Cameron
Dream Baby Dream by Stephanie Chernikowski
Drugs 1997
Everything I Know I Learned on Acid, edited by Coco Pekelis
The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, edited by Thomas J. Riedlinger
Why Marijuana Should Be Legal by Ed Rosenthal
Fiction 1997
Distorture by Rob Hardin--Winner!
The Sub by Jimmy Jazz
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Graphic Novel 1997
Real Americans Admit: "The Worst Thing I've Ever Done!" by Ted Rall--Winner!
Fax From Sarajevo by Joe Kubert
Illuminated Poems by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker
Kids 1997
The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children edited by Davida Adedjouma--Winner!
Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
The World Out There: Becoming Part of the Lesbian and Gay Community by Michael Thomas Ford
Music 1997
I Need More by Iggy Pop--Winner!
Angry Women in Rock, edited by Andrea Juno
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Nonfiction 1997
Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg--Winner!
Surfer Grrrls by Laurel Gilbert and Crystal Kile
A User's Guide to the Millennium by J. G. Ballard
Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1997
AK
Cleis
Incommunicado
Poetry 1997
Home in Three Days. Don't Wash. by Linda Smukler--Winner!
Bite Hard by Justin Chin
Princess of Hollywood by Pleasant Gehman
Politics 1997
Censored 1997: The News That Didn't Make the News: The Year's Top 25 Censored News Stories by Peter Phillips and Project Censored--Winner!
Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama, edited by Kevin Danaher
Death Blossoms by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Sex 1997
The Guide to Getting It On! by the staff of Goofy Foot Press--Winner!
Once Upon a Time: Erotic Fairy Tales for Queer Women, edited by Michael Ford
Susie Bright's Sexual State of the Union by Susie Bright
Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1997

This Ain't Yer Family's Photo Album:
Death Scenes by Katherine Dunn and Sean Tejaratchi

Recall Hoekstra Award for Special Merit in Literary Publishing:
FC2/Black Ice

Don't Cook With Your Mouth Full
Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge

Zine 1997
Bust, edited and published by Celina Hex and Betty Boob--Winner!
Pucker Up, edited and published by Tristan Taormino
Starphkr, edited and published by Shar Rednour

1996 
Drugs 1996
Pharmako/Poeia : Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft by Dale Pendell
Fiction 1996
A Void, by Georges Perec translated by Gilbert Adair
Graphic Novel 1996
The Narrative Corpse, edited by Art Spiegelman & R. Sikoryak
Kids 1996
Music 1996
Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag by Henry Rollins
Nonfiction 1996
Censored: The News that Didn't Make the News--and Why by Carl Jensen and Project Censored
Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1996
Serpent's Tail/High Risk Books
Poetry 1996
In Defense of Mumia, edited by S.E. Anderson & Tony Medina
Politics 1996
Race for Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty, by Leonard Weinglass
Sex 1996
Breathless: Erotica by Kitty Tsui
Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1996

Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash
Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs & European Renegadoes by Peter Lamborn Wilson

Kool Kids
Marco Solo, by James Schwinn and Gail Harlow

Cemetery Art
Saving Graces: Images of Women in European Cemeteries by David Robinson

Zine 1996
Ben is Dead by Darby Romeo

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