July 29, 2014

Winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced

Posted on 03. Jun, 2014 by in Features, News

26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced

Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein Honored

Special Performance Given by Justin Vivian Bond

New York, NY – The winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. It occurred on the heels of BookExpo America, the book publishing industry’s largest annual gathering of booksellers, publishers, authors, and readers. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 26 years of the groundbreaking literary awards. Obie Award-winning performance artist and past Lambda Award winner Justin Vivian Bond graced the ceremony with a special “half-time” performance. The celebration continued at the VIP After-Party hosted by Scholastic at the¬†Scholastic Greenhouse & Terrace¬†with¬†DJ¬†Sean McMahill.

The ceremony opened with a powerful montage of video clips from¬†the “What LGBTQI Book Changed Your Life” campaign, a project conducted in conjunction with the Lammys to recognize LGBT literature of all types, from poetry to erotica, that¬†has influenced millions of readers.¬†As master of ceremonies for the third consecutive year, Clinton treated the audience to her signature brand of topical, political comedy. She kept the audience laughing with lines like “Happy Pride Month, the month formerly known as June,” and “I’m happy about the new pope. He’s our first Christian one.”

Cartoonist Justin Hall, award-winning creator of the series True Travel Tales in presenting the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature to Alison Bechdel said that her body of work from her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For to graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? solidify her unique place in the comic book cannon. Bechdel gave a funny and moving acceptance speech filled with memories from when she won her first Lammy in 1991.

Appropriately, Bechdel presented the first award for the new category of best LGBT Graphic Novel to Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges.

Kate Bornstein was presented¬†the Pioneer Award by¬†her life partner, Barbara Carrellas who said that when people are asked what Kate Bornstein means to them, “the overwhelming answer is ‘Kate Bornstein saved my life.’” Bornstein’s call to action to stop the history of shaming with regard to sex and gender brought the audience to a standing ovation.

Michael Thomas Ford and Radclyffe were awarded with the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize and Imogen Binnie and Charles Rice-Gonzalez were presented with the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award.

Justin Vivian Bond¬†provided the “half-time” entertainment with three songs from ve’s recent show, “The Drift,” all of which were inspired by classic literature.

“Throughout the beautiful ceremony,¬†we were reminded of the meaningfulness of LGBT literature and writers in our lives,” said Tony Valenzuela, Lambda Literary Foundation Executive Director.¬† “Congratulations to all the winners and honorees.”

Once again, the stage glittered with a stellar roster of presenters from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and, of course, literature. Just some of the presenters who graced the stage were: Mike Albo, Henry Alford, Hilton Als, Masha Gessen, A.M. Homes, Sassafras Lowrey, David Mixner, Pauline Park, Seth Rudetsky, Ira Silverberg and Urvashi Vaid.





























More photos will be uploaded throughout the week

(Photography: Brian Sargent)

2014 New York City Host Committee Members  

Melanie La Rosa, David McConnell & Don Weise, Co-Chairs 

Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Ceremony Director · Jason Wells, Publicity Chair

Kevin Alger · John Bateman · Brad Boles · Kevin Brannon · Jamie Brickhouse · Michael Carroll · Paul Dierkes · Dick Donahue · Michael Fauver · Paul Florez · David Gale · Antonio Gonzalez · Tal Goretsky · David Groff · William Johnson · Karl Jones · Mario Lopez-Cordero · Dan Manjovi · Bill Miller · Jay Moore · Jerome Murphy · Nick Nicholson · Angelo Nikolopoulos · Julia Pastore

Lori Perkins · Patrick Ryan · Eddie Sarfaty · Liz Scheier · Bob Smith

Jerl Surratt · Martin Wilson · Jennifer Zivic

Individual Underwriters

Kevin Alger · Susan Atkins · Bill Cohen · John Faubion & Warren Thomas · Charles Dell Hamm · Wetherby Asset Management/Karen Leach · S. Chris Shirley · Jan Zivic

Lambda Literary Foundation Board of Trustees

S. Chris Shirley, President ·  Susan Atkins, Vice-President 

J. Michael Samuel, Treasurer ·  Sue Greer, Secretary  Edward Feighan, Sandra Nathan, Denise Penn, John Rochester, Amy Scholder, Jan Zivic

Ceremony Sponsors

President’s Circle: Scholastic¬∑¬†¬†Benefactor: Ketel One Vodka Patron: American Institute of Bisexuality¬†¬∑¬†Barnes & Noble¬†¬∑¬†Barefoot Wine & Bubbly¬†¬∑¬†Harper Perennial ¬∑ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt¬†¬∑¬†Macy’s¬†¬∑¬†Penguin Random House Mentor: Chronicle Books¬∑¬†Cleis Press¬†¬∑¬†Riptide Publishing ¬∑ Samhain Publishing Friend: Arsenal Pulp Press¬∑¬†Bywater Books ¬∑ Circlet Press¬†¬∑¬†Farrar, Straus and Giroux¬†¬∑¬†¬†The Feminist Press¬∑¬†Hachette Book Group¬†¬∑¬†Kensington Publishing¬†¬∑¬†Publication Studio¬†¬∑¬†Riverdale Avenue Books/Magnus Books ¬∑ Seal Press¬†¬∑¬†Simon & Schuster¬†¬∑Gift Bag: Galison¬†¬∑¬†Harper Collines¬†¬∑¬†Penguin Random House¬†¬∑¬†Scholastic¬†¬∑Sugar Sketch¬†¬∑¬†Wolfe Video



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27 Responses to “Winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced”

  1. Jacob Campbell 3 June 2014 at 8:24 AM #

    Congratulations to all the authors and the LLR staff and volunteers for this amazing event. Thanks.

  2. Rosaia 4 June 2014 at 8:27 PM #

    Where’s the screenplay contest? Where’s the love?


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