Dr. Gerald Callahan’s book, Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes, has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Colorado Book Awards by the Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book. Dr. Callahan is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, and the Department of English.
"This year's selectors read and discussed 145 entries to select these authors and their works for the Colorado Book Awards finalist level," says Josephine Jones, Colorado Humanities Director of Programs & Center for the Book.
In his book, Dr. Callahan explores the concept of two separate and distinct sexes (male and female) as a social parameter rather than a biological one. He elucidates an understanding of sex and gender variability based not only on chromosomal structure, but genetic disorders and anatomical structures in intersex individuals who are neither male nor female. This is Dr. Callahan’s fourth book, following other publications including Faith, Madness and Spontaneous Combustion; Infection: The Uninvited Universe;and River Odyssey: A Story of the Colorado Plateau.
The Colorado Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in multiple categories: anthology/collection, biography, children's literature, creative nonfiction, history, literary fiction, genre fiction (historical, romance, science fiction/fantasy, mystery/thriller) general nonfiction, juvenile literature, pictorial, poetry, and young adult literature.
Winners in all categories will be announced at the 19th annual Colorado Book Awards, June 25, at 2 p.m., during the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen, Colo.