Winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced
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.
26th ANNUAL LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNERS
GAY GENERAL FICTION
LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION
- Happiness, Like Water,¬†Chinelo Okparanta,¬†Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Descendants of Hagar,¬†Nik Nicholson,¬†AuthorHouse
- My Education,¬†Susan Choi, Penguin Group/Viking
- Wanting in Arabic,¬†Trish Salah, TSAR Publications
- The End of San Francisco, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, City Lights Publishers
- The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television,¬†Maria San Filippo, Indiana University Press
- Rise in the Fall,¬†Ana Bozicevic, Birds, LLC
LGBT GRAPHIC NOVEL
- Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir,¬†Nicole J. Georges,¬†Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
LGBT CHILDREN’S/YA – TIE
- If You Could Be Mine,¬†Sara Farizan, Algonquin Books
- Two Boys Kissing,¬†David Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
- A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, by Glenway Wescott,¬†Ed. Jerry Rosco, University of Wisconsin Press
- Body Geographic,¬†Barrie Jean Borich, University of Nebraska Press
- The Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon Mystery,¬†Janice Law, MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Media
- Into This River I Drown,¬†TJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press
- Clean Slate,¬†Andrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes Books
- The Padisah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novella,¬†Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
- Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories,¬†Ed. Sacchi Green, Cleis Press
- FICTION¬†Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction,¬†Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba,¬†MaThoko’s Books
- NON-FICTION¬†Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners,¬†Eds. Jim Elledge and David Groff,¬†The University of Wisconsin Press
- Tom at the Farm,¬†Michel Marc Bouchard, Talonbooks
- Death by Silver,¬†Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Lethe Press
- Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence,¬†Christina B. Hanhardt, Duke University Press
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
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
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