A Note from the New Managing Editor

Forgive me; I live in New York, so marriage has been on my mind.

Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to marry it?  I don’t mean a metaphorical or allegorical love—I mean a literal love. Have you ever felt a passion so strong for a work of literature that it could not be denied?  Have you ever felt such a strong sense of passion for a book that you were inspired to put a ring on that novel’s finger, walk it down the aisle, and fly it to Niagara Falls for a romantic honeymoon getaway?

I become enraptured with great books. I want to make it official—of course there are a lot of books that make my heart sing, so the relationship would have to be poly-amorous. It’s okay baby…there is enough of me to go around. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about novels or the characters in them.  I imagine that most of Lambda Literary’s readers experience the same well of emotions.[1]

One of the most thrilling aspects of taking on the editorship of Lambda Literary is the opportunity to engage in one of the great passions of my life-the love of literature and the lively dialogue evoked when sharing that love. I am ecstatic that I will have the chance to engage with an entire community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and same gender loving bibliophiles who, like me, just can’t shake those books.

We have a lot planned in the upcoming months for Lambda Literary: assorted new columns, an updated website design, and some thought provoking interviews with some thought-provoking authors. We have a new editor of speculative fiction, the fantastic writer/editor/critic Vince Liaguno. We have two great new interns, Erika Turner and Maia McCormick. We are also adding a cadre of new reviewers and writers to supplement Lambda’s ever expanding voice.

So come along with us. Let’s fall in love.


[1] For further study on book adoration, you should read Woody Allen’s short story “The Kugelmass Episode”—a story in which a humanities professor magically enters the world of Madame Bovary and initiates an affair with the book’s titular heroine or David Pratt’s charming Lambda award winning novel, Bob the Book, which tells the tale of a collection of fantastically empathic novels that actually fall in love with one another.

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2 Responses to “William Johnson: Lambda’s New Managing Editor”

  1. […] book is full of heartbreak, humor, and most importantly a deep humane sense of empathy.”—William Johnson, editor, Lambda Literary Review and publisher of Mary Literary […]

  2. Gibran Guido 1 May 2014 at 10:00 AM #

    Hello William,

    Hope you’re well. I wanted to inquire about the possibility of working on submitting reviews for some of the texts that are considered “Lammy” Finalists for this year. Is there a list of texts available for review?

    Since participating in the LLF Writers Retreat, I’ve wanted to participate more in LLF and offer what insights and perspectives I can. Thank you very much.


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